Now that the season is officially over, NFL teams are already dreaming of making the trip to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York.
While the best teams from this past season will look to take the next step and play in the big game, it wouldn’t be out of the question for an underdog to catch experts by surprise and sneak into the title game.
It has been done before—think the Arizona Cardinals in 2009 and the Green Bay Packers in 2011, who both snuck into the playoffs as a No. 6 seed and made it all the way to the title game.
Here are a list of teams that didn’t make the playoffs in 2012 but are dark horse candidates to crash the party at next year’s Super Bowl in the Big Apple.
All statistics are gathered from ESPN.