The marathon portion of the NFL season has been completed. Now it's time for the sprint to the championship.
After 17 weeks and 16 games, the NFL has eliminated 20 teams and 12 remain in the running to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in early February.
We know that seedings don't always matter, because a hot team may be able to overcome a team that's been consistently productive in the regular season. It's about matchups, and coaches who can put their players in a position to succeed will often find a way to survive and advance in the playoffs.
In this piece, we look at each of the playoff teams and what they will need to do to come out victorious in Super Bowl XLVIII.