As we draw closer to the 2011 NFL postseason, the playoff picture continues to become clearer and clearer.
We are seeing the elite teams separate themselves from the pack and the bottom feeders of the league preparing their draft boards. Every team still in the playoff picture has a player or several players driving their success at this point.
These are the players that are coming through in the clutch down the stretch assuring that their team not only makes the NFL postseason, but they get the best seed possible. We all know how important home-field advantage can be in the playoffs.
While some players on these teams seem like they can't be playing any better, there are some that are just getting started.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a prime example. He is a seasoned playoff quarterback who has three Super Bowl rings under his belt. He knows full well that the Patriots will need him to be hot during the postseason if they plan on a deep run.
Brady is just one example, but here are four other names you can expect to step it up in the postseason.