The National Football Conference is an assembly of some of the NFL's best teams. Each year presents an impossible task of handicapping which teams will emerge from the parity as contenders. 2013 will be no different, as the New York Giants will look to re-establish their footing in the NFC playoff picture.
In recent years, a number of teams in the wild NFC have shown they can be the class of the conference.
If the Giants want to bounce back from a disappointing 9-7 season in 2012 and make a deep run into the playoffs, they will need to play their very best football against these franchises.
Glaring mismatches and a poor run of form in recent seasons are two of the most pertinent factors when determining which teams could potentially give the Giants fits in 2013. Not all of these clubs are slated to play New York this season, but there is a distinct possibility a meeting will take place during the playoffs.
Here are the five teams most likely to pose a threat to the Giants in their quest to contend for Super Bowl XLVIII.