Come the Divisional Round, the NFL Playoffs become astronomically intensified as January progresses.
At this stage of the season, essentially pro football's equivalent to the Elite Eight, teams fight even harder for victory.
Take Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks as a prime example from Wild Card Weekend.
Seattle soon found themselves trailing 14-0 against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins on Sunday. But, instead of panicking, Wilson remained cool and Seattle gradually worked their back into the game.
By halftime, the Seahawks had cut Washington's lead to one point and ultimately won, 24-14. They scored 24 unanswered points, while Washington didn't add anything after the first quarter. This is the nature of postseason football because surviving to advance requires 60 minutes from the entire team.
Each subsequent week is significantly tougher than the last.