5 NFL Teams That Could Make the Playoffs After Missing out in 2012

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5 NFL Teams That Could Make the Playoffs After Missing out in 2012
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Matt Forte looks to lead a healthy Bears team to a playoff berth that has eluded them for the past two seasons.

More than in any other league, the NFL is driven by parity. Each year brings a handful of new contenders, teams who bounce back from bad seasons to make big runs. Last year's Indianapolis Colts, who were 2-14 in 2011 before making the playoffs in '12, come to mind. That is the impetus behind this list: a collection of teams who have a great shot at making the playoffs this season after missing out in 2012.

Some of these teams are perennial contenders who merely experienced a down year last season. Others are organizations who made big moves in the offseason with playoff aspirations in mind.

All of them are poised to do big things in the coming months. 

These teams are listed in no particular order, though each of them can reasonably expect to be in the playoff hunt as cold fronts move in and December holidays approach. Fans of these five clubs can expect good tidings in the coming season.

On with the list...

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