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Power Ranking Every Defense in the NFL Playoffs
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It used to be said that the road to the playoffs was paved with great defense and a strong running game.

While the top teams in the NFL certainly have that combination, there are some teams in the 2013 playoffs who made it this far without that winning balance.

The top overall defensive team in the NFL (the Steelers) didn't even make the playoffs while the Redskins and their 28th-ranked defense made it as the NFC East Champions.

Only five of the top 10 defenses in the NFL qualified this year, with the Bears, Jets, Chargers and Panthers joining the Steelers on the outside looking in.  

Incredibly, there were almost as many teams from the bottom 10 defenses this year as the top 10, as the Falcons, Colts, Patriots and Redskins all ranked 24th or lower.  

This year's playoffs will be a test to see if the old adage holds up.  Do teams really need an elite defense in order to win a championship?  

There are enough mediocre units that qualified for us to find out.

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