5 NFL Teams in Best Position to Make 'The Leap' in 2013

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5 NFL Teams in Best Position to Make 'The Leap' in 2013
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For 16 years in a row, the NFL postseason featured an odd, repeating occurrence: A team that missed the playoffs the year before improved to not only make the playoffs but earn a first-round bye as well.

At least one team achieved this feat every postseason from 1997 to 2012, until the 2013 playoffs ended the streak.

However, for a league that boasts parity, the streak could start up again soon. Considering the possibility of such a thing occurring this season, let's look at which non-playoff teams from last year look primed for a top-two conference finish and first-round bye come playoff time.

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