The NFL Playoff Schedule is out, the playoff pools are starting, and real speculation about who will be in the Super Bowl has begun.
With the postseason set, there are a couple of teams that just have no realistic chance of making it to the Super Bowl.
Let's face it, unless a miracle happens, there are a few teams that just don't get to play in Dallas in February.
Like the Cowboys, these teams will find themselves watching the game as spectators.
The Kansas City Chiefs have had a great season, and are the biggest comeback team of the year, going from a Top 5 draft pick to the playoffs in one season.
However, the offense looked terrible without Matt Cassel, and they face a Ravens defense that looks and defends better than it was at the beginning of the season.
If the Chiefs beat the Ravens, they then probably face the Pittsburgh Steelers, unless the Colts win their game against the Jets, in which case the Chiefs face the Patriots.
A showdown with the Patriots seems inevitable, and the Patriots just aren't losing to anybody right now.
The Green Bay Packers rallied at the end of the season and made the playoffs, but a trip to Dallas in February isn't very likely.
The Packers have no running game and once in the playoffs, you have to have more than a one-dimensional offense if you're going to go all the way. The Packers could make it past the Eagles, but eventually they'll have to face the Saints or the Falcons, and it's difficult to see the Packers as they currently are constructed get past those teams.
The Packers lost their running game to injury, and Brandon Jackson has had moments, but he hasn't come out and owned the running game like the Packers hoped he would've with the opportunity he was given.
Don't let the high-scoring final game fool you, the Steelers offense hasn't all of a sudden found new life. The Browns secondary, weak to begin with, mailed it in along with the rest of the team on Sunday.
The Steelers offense has sputtered most of the season, the offensive line is Swiss Cheese, and the defense only seems to be elite when Troy Polamalu is in the game.
There's too many variables in play for the Steelers in the wrong kind of way this year, and while they certainly are one of the best teams in the NFL, the New England Patriots destroyed them earlier this season, and there's nothing to suggest a second meeting would be any different.
The Bears seem like a team destined to break the hearts of Bears fans. They have this incredible record, but when you break down the victories, there are a lot of shaky stats, sketchy situations, and flat out luck that brought the Bears to this point.
There only were a handful of Bears victories this season that seemed dominant, and their encounters with the Patriots and the Seahawks are disturbing in the larger scheme of things.
The Seahawks just aren't a very good team, and the Bears should have flat out destroyed them. Then the Patriots came to town and gave the Bears a good old fashioned Butt Whoopin'.
Then there was the last game of the season, the completely uninspiring loss the Green Bay Packers.
The Bears very well could be "One and Done" this year in the playoffs.
The Jets are not a very good playoff team as things stand right now. They lost three of their last five game, meaning they're stumbling into the playoffs, and their final victory was against the Buffalo Bills.
Mark Sanchez is battling a shoulder injury, Darrelle Revis has been battling injuries most of the season, and Rex Ryan talks a lot bigger than the Jets usually end up playing.
The Jets may not even win their wildcard game against the Colts, but even if they do, that's about as far as they are getting this postseason.
So the Seahawks sneak into the playoffs with a 7-9 record.
Good for them. The Saints will have them for lunch, especially after the last two weeks of losing to Atlanta and Tampa Bay.
The playoffs are too big for the Saints this year, the Super Bowl almost unimaginable.