The NFL's 2013 Postseason Playoffs on the road to Super Bowl XLVII

Here We Go Again!

Are you all ready for some football, because the playoffs are back. After seventeen unpredictable weeks there are only twelve teams left standing in the NFL's postseason. Any given Sunday has paid off for these NFL teams. As the next few weeks whittle away at these twelve remaining teams, a Super Bowl champion will emerge.

I'm going to take a much different type of approach then I did from last year's season. I'm not going to make any bold predictions, but instead I'll just lay out some simple facts about these playoff teams, and let you all pick the team who you think will reign on top this year. Twelve teams are still alive, and another twenty teams are finished, and sitting at home now. Here's a look at all twelve of the 2013 postseason playoff teams who are on the road to the Super Bowl.

AFC

Baltimore Ravens - (AFC North Division Champions @ 10-6) It was reported that they had the 2nd hardest schedule in all of the NFL this year, and judging from their injury list this certainly looks true. Their record was 9-2 before running into a 3 game losing streak, but they did end their season on a semi positive note. The Ravens have been in the postseason playoffs now for the last five years under the direction of coach Harbaugh. As a die hard Baltimore Raven's fan I have to stick with my team, but a successful playoff run depends heavily on a healthy Ray Lewis and the once great Baltimore defense who only allowed 165 points all season long when they won the Super Bowl against the New York Giants, 12 years ago, back in 2000.

Houston Texans - (AFC South Division Champions @ 12 -4) This is one of the toughest teams that the NFL has seen this season. The Houston Texans may boast the best record in the AFC, but they certainly aren't the most dangerous team in the playoffs. Despite having an explosive rushing attack they lack an explosive passing attack.

Denver Broncos - (AFC West Division Champions @ 13-3) After giving up their star quarterback Tebow from last year, and settling for an old quarterback could indeed prove to be a bad idea in this post season. They are the number one seed in the AFC, and they have the home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Denver Broncos have no major weaknesses, and this makes them one of the the scariest teams in the AFC heading into the playoffs.

New England Patriots - (AFC East Division Champions @ 12-4) The New England Patriots are more of a complete team than they have been in years, and that's a good thing considering they are a Super Bowl contender every season. Even without Rob Gronkowski, the Patriot's passing game is one of the most explosive in the league. Right now their biggest flaw is an easily exposed secondary.

Cincinnati Bengals - (AFC Wild Card Team @ 10-6) The Bengals are in one of the most competitive divisions in all of football. The Bengals could be a real threat in the postseason this year. Their defense is highly underrated, and they rank in the top half of the league in every major statistical category. The Bengal's biggest flaw is the lack of receiving options outside of A.J. Green.

Colts - (AFC Wild Card Team @ 11-5) As a die hard Baltimore fan there is no lost love for a team that moved out of their beloved city in the middle of the night leaving nothing but trash cans behind. Even though this may have been a long time ago, it's still fresh in many people's minds in Charm city. If nothing else good comes out of this postseason other than a Colt loss then it will make a lot of people very happy. They were the worst team in the NFL last season, and it's a miracle that the Colts have even managed to clinch a postseason berth this year. Their run defense is horrific currently ranking 30th in the NFL, their run offense only ranks 22nd in the league, and they are the king of turnovers.

NFC

Atlanta Falcons - (NFC South Division Champions @ 13-3) The Falcon's defense isn't spectacular, but it forces big mistakes at crucial times and manages to contain explosive offenses. The team could struggle if Matt Ryan fails to find his groove during a playoff game. The Falcons demise could actually be their running game with the lack of an explosive running game. They hold the number one seed in the NFC, and with that comes home field advantage throughout the playoffs. This could just be the ticket that those angry Atlanta fans are looking for as a way to get revenge for that botched call in the National League wild card game that may have cost the Atlanta braves their World Series hopes. You can read all about that here - MLB Baseball's Tarnished Wild Card Game And in the deep South this is all still fresh on everybody's minds, how one bone headed referee could wipe out a 162 game season with one botched call.

San Francisco 49ers - (NFC West Division Champions @ 11-4-1) The 49ers strike gold with a high of nine of their players being named to the pro bowl this year. Under the leadership of coach Jim Harbaugh, the second of two brothers who are coaching playoff teams for two straight years, the 49ers have a top seed in the playoffs after coming off of an impressive home streak. The 49ers biggest flaw is their young quarterback Colin Kaepernick making boneheaded mistakes that could lead to the 49ers' demise.

Green Bay Packers - (NFC North Division Champions @ 11-5) The Packers are one of the most dangerous teams in all of the NFL, as they are led by one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and an underrated defense that is just starting to regain it's health back. The Packers biggest flaw is the inability to protect their quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and if they can get that straightened out then a Super Bowl victory may just be in their future.

Washington Redskins - (NFC East Division Champions @ 9-6) The Redskins flawed pass defense could be fatal, as the NFC playoff field boasts some of the most explosive aerial attacks from playoff teams. The Redskin's quarterback RG3 still may not have completely gotten over that beating he took from the Baltimore defense in week 14.The Redskins go into the playoffs on a seven game winning streak after defeating the Dallas Cowboys in the final regular season NFL football game.

Seattle Seahawks - (NFC Wild Card team @ 11-5) The Seahawks recent dominant streak has not just billed them as NFC West contenders for years to come, but as clear Super Bowl contender this postseason. The Seahawks biggest flaw are their Struggles Away from Centurylink Field. The Seattle Seahawks are one of the most under-rated teams in all of the NFL, and they might just shock everyone by the time the postseason is over.

Minnesota Vikings - (NFC Wild Card Team @ 10-6) With a great running back like Adrian Peterson who was just 9 yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single season 2105 yard rushing record set back in 1984, and an underrated defense that always seems to make big plays, the Vikings have found themselves in the playoffs this postseason. Their biggest problem this year is their passing game, which they will most certainly will need with the line up of teams that they have to play in the postseason.

Who do you think is going to be the Super Bowl champion this year?

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Are you ready for some football, because it's playoff time -

(All games & complete scores will be posted here as they become available)

AFC Wildcard Games

Saturday January 5th 2013

Houston Texans - 19

Cincinnati Bengals - 13

Sunday January 6th 2013

Baltimore Ravens - 24

Colts - 9

NFC Wildcard Games

Saturday January 5th 2013

Green Bay Packers - 24

Minnesota Vikings - 10

Sunday January 6th 2013

Seattle Seahawks - 24

Washington Redskins - 14

AFC Divisional Playoff Games

Saturday January 12th 2013 (In Double Overtime)

Baltimore Ravens - 38

Denver Broncos - 35

Sunday January 13th 2013

New England Patriots - 41

Houston Texans - 28

NFC Divisional Playoff Games

Saturday January 12th 2013

San Francisco 49ers - 45

Green Packers - 31

Sunday January 13th 2013

Atlanta Falcons - 30

Seattle Seahawks - 28

Note: These four games combined produced the most points ever scored in an NFL playoff weekend - 276

AFC Conference Championship game

Sunday January 20th 2013

Baltimore Ravens - 28

New England Patriots - 13

NFC Conference Championship game

Sunday January 20th 2013

San Francisco 49ers - 28

Atlanta Falcons - 24

Note: The four teams in the conference championship games are the same from last year with one exception, and that is the Atlanta Falcons replaced the NY Giants. It looks like my predictions from last year were simply a year before their time - 2012 NFL post season - "My Predictions"

Pro Bowl

Sunday January 27th 2013

NFC - 62

AFC - 35

Super Bowl XLVII (47) in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sunday February 3rd 2013

Baltimore Ravens - 34

San Francisco 49ers - 31

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Michael Willis profile image

Michael Willis 3 years ago from Arkansas

Really enjoyed you NFL playoff hub. I liked the breakdown you have written on each team. Also made my vote for the Super Bowl team. This year's playoff season could be very interesting.


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

It certainly does look like the road to the Super Bowl is going to be very interesting this year Michael. We'll just all have to wait and see what happens!


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LauraD093 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

ah...it breaks my heart not yo see my Steelers in the running it also broke heart to see the poll results at 40% for the Ravens (as a Steelers fan I say no ...no...no...lol Hope U had a good holiday season.


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

Laura, I have a few friends who's hearts are also broken with the Steelers not in the running, but as a Ravens fan I can't give them any sympathy. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you and yours all have a Happy New Year.


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KDeus 3 years ago from Florida

Excellent breakdown of the individual teams! Gave my vote for the team I think will win it since my team never stood a chance! Happy New Year!


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

I have voted as you wished for though I am not that much a football person.... LOL. Do not know much about as time run out among family, office and all you see. But I am happy to follow your hub and I must say its informative and i somehow liked it. Thank you for sharing this one. Votes up and sharing also.


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

Thanks KDeus & Dghbrh For the votes, and I'm still amazed that the Baltimore Ravens hold a slim lead at 38%.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Being a Seahawks fan, I'm pumped with the way they are playing at the moment. If they can continue it, they could be serious contenders. However, when we get to this point, anyone is a contender. Playoffs are simple one-and-out games, where seeds can be made to look foolish (yes, even the Patriots!)

BTW, Qwest Field is now Centurylink Field...


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

I can certainly see why you are all pumped up over the Seahawks petenali. From what I've been hearing on ESPN news the Seahawks are the most under-rated team in all of the NFL, and the Redskins better watch out. Good luck, and maybe, just maybe they will meet the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl. I can say that now, but maybe not after this upcoming weekend.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Great write up on the NFL post season. I followed the Bengal most of my life living in the midwest and have been disappointed with their continual lack of motivation in coaching and players to continue past the regular season. Don't have any idea who will make it to the Super Bowl, but wish the Colts would make a come back.


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

teaches12345, The Bengals seem to be hot right now, however neither they nor the Ravens put much effort in their last game together. I definitely can't agree with you on your last choice, and we'll just have to agree to disagree on that one. Everyone in Baltimore is shocked at the News of Ray Lewis' upcoming retirement. No one can imagine the Baltimore Ravens without Ray Lewis.


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CatsPage 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

Enjoyed your hub Goody5, you gave a lot of great information for the post season. I wasn't able to watch of the games this year so thanks for the recap and I also have cast my vote.. :)


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

Thanks for stopping by, and voting CatsPage. It looks like it's going to be an exciting post season, so you have plenty of time to still catch all of the action!


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

After a 38-35 O.T. victory over the Denver Broncos in freezing temperatures around 6 degrees and light snow, the Baltimore Ravens are now on their way to the AFC Conference Championship game. There are only 4 teams still alive in the NFL, and the Baltimore Ravens are one of those teams. For those that didn't believe it was possible, you better start thinking again. GO RAVENS !!!!!!!!


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

Since no one else will say it, then I will. After the Baltimore Raven's left the New England Patriots speechless in a 28-13 defeat, the only thing left to cap off a bone crushing season and Ray Lewis' retirement is a Super Bowl victory in New Orleans! It's a done deal - the camel picked the Ravens as the Super Bowl Champions!!!!!


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Steve Schroeder 3 years ago

Nice hub and I really like the use of the poll and pie chart. Very cool!


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

Thank you Steve, and for all of those that didn't believe it was possible the Baltimore Ravens now are the proud owners of Super Bowl XLVII !!!!


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

Great hub. Well, we all know the outcome and since I am a diehard Niner fan, I was not happy. However I think we are on the right track with our QB. He has the confidence and has the running expertise of Steve Young and ALMOST the passing savvy of Joe Montana, notice I said almost. I think he will be even stronger next year. The Ravens are an excellent team and I'm hoping for another super bowl matchup next year. The best thing the Niners accomplished was finally getting rid of Alex Smith.


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

Thank you for the wonderful comment Joanne, and I added one more photograph in this hub just for you. It's the very second photo in this hub now. Cheers!


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