Although the NFC has won three out of the last four Super Bowls, the AFC had won five of the previous six prior to that. The NFL seems to be immersed within a transition of conference power. This thankfully has nothing to do with the "L" word and everything to do with playing football. With AFC stalwarts Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the back halves of their prime, the stage has been set for football's next era.
The NFL's fastest rising teams seem to mostly reside in the National Football Conference adding to the established winners already within the conference. Here is a look at five teams in the NFC that are on the rise and could compete for a division title, playoff spot, or possibly make a Super Bowl run in 2011.