Recent NFL history has shown that the teams with the most wins at the end of the regular season are not necessarily the best-suited to make a long run during the postseason.
In fact, teams that have heated up late and snuck into the postseason (think 2007 and 2011 New York Giants, 2010 Green Bay Packers, 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers) are actually the ones making runs to the Super Bowl.
Could 2012 be another chapter in this evolving trend of late-season NFL football?
There are certainly teams heating up right now. Some are making late pushes to the playoffs, others are getting healthy and still others are starting to cement their place in the postseason.
In the following slides, we'll give you the five NFL teams heating up at the right time.