Every year in the NFL there seems to be about a 50 percent turnover in terms of playoff teams. In 2011, that figure was exactly correct. The Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts were playoff teams in the AFC in 2010. None of those squads made the bonus round in 2011. In the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears were replaced by the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.
In 2012, only Pittsburgh was left out in the AFC. They were replaced by the Colts and the Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis Colts. On the NFC side, it was another 50/50 split with the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings in while the Giants, Lions and Saints took the year off from the playoffs.
With so much turnover in the playoffs year in and year out, every fanbase has to believe any year could be their year. In this article, I will give some fans hope, while crushing others’ dreams. The NFL is about parity and thus this article will be as well.