Playing during Wild Card Weekend is supposed to hurt your chances of making a deep run in the NFL playoffs, but each of the last two Super Bowl winners played in the first round.
This weekend there are a few teams who missed out on a first-round bye but still have a good chance of winning Super Bowl XLVII. How good of a chance, you ask? Let's take a look.
*Super Bowl odds courtesy of Bovada.lv
3. Houston Texans (15/1)
Four weeks ago I might've told you that the Texans were the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
After losing three of their last four games in the regular season, the Texans fell to 12-4 and failed to secure a first-round bye.
However, this is still a talented team. Houston boasts one of the best rushing attacks in the league, led by Arian Foster. It also has a dangerous passing game, which relies on the Matt Schaub-Andre Johnson connection that combined for 1,598 yards and four touchdowns this season.
And let's not forget about that stingy defense, led by Defensive Player of the Year favorite J.J. Watt.
The Texans might've stumbled into the playoffs, but if this team gets hot it is going to be tough to stop.
2. Green Bay Packers (8/1)
Aaron Rodgers and co. missed out on a fist-round bye, but now the team is angry.
Hosting the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, the Packers will seek revenge on the AFC North rival that beat them in Week 17 to force them to play this weekend.
The key for this team is the passing game. Rodgers is hot, throwing for 998 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last three games, and also running in another touchdown in Week 16.
If the team's defense can step up and make a few big plays, the team will ride its offense to its second Super Bowl victory in four years.
1. Seattle Seahawks (11/1)
The Seahawks might be the hottest team in football right now. Their five-game winning streak isn't as long as that of the Washington Redskins (seven) Denver Broncos (11), but it has been even more impressive.
Seattle has won its last five games by an average of 26.6 points per game. The team is scoring 38.6 points per game, while allowing just 12.0.
Nowhere has the hot streak been more pronounced than in the play of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. He has scored 10 total touchdowns and has turned it over just once in his last three games, while averaging a passer rating of 118.7.
By getting the passing game going and maintaining the team's fierce rushing attack (third in rushing yards per game) and stingy defense (sixth in passing yards allowed per game; 10th in rushing yards allowed per game), the Seahawks enter the playoffs scorching hot, and could get the same momentum going as our last two Super Bowl champs had.
Latest Super Bowl Odds for All Teams
*Odds are to win Super Bowl XLVII
Denver Broncos – 11/4
New England Patriots – 4/1
San Francisco 49ers – 6/1
Atlanta Falcons – 7/1
Green Bay Packers – 8/1
Seattle Seahawks – 11/1
Houston Texans – 15/1
Washington Redskins – 18/1
Baltimore Ravens – 22/1
Minnesota Vikings – 40/1
Cincinnati Bengals – 45/1
Indianapolis Colts – 45/1