NFL Playoff Power Poll: NFC

Ranking the six NFC playoff teams heading into this postseason

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

1. Green Bay Packers (15-1)

The Green Bay Packers are the golden child of the NFL right now. They are front and center on anyone's list of teams that are going to win the SuperBowl. The reigning Champs, they are the team to beat in the NFL right now. If you have to put a question mark on them, however, then look no further than their defense that ranks dead last statistically in the league. Throw in a lack of a consistent running game and you have some serious flaws that could spell d-e-f-e-a-t for the Pack.

Chance to Rep the NFC: 30%


2. New Orleans Saints (13-3)

The Saints boast one of the best stats to have entering this postseason, they are the number 1 offense in the league. Quarterback Drew Brees is playing at a level that, in my opinion, exceeds both Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. The only problem for the Saints chances to advance is that they may have to go through both San Francisco and Green Bay, both boasting outdoor stadiums. New Orleans is strongest in a dome, outside of it, they slow down and become human.

Chance to Rep the NFC: 20%


3. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

The 49ers boast one of the most balanced teams in this playoffs but they are also the most unknown commodity due to lack of postseason experience. Playing in the playoffs is another beast entirely and as the intensity and the pressure mount, it's hard to put stock in guys who haven't been their much. San Fran isn't going to be an easy out for anyone, especially if they get to play in some bad weather, which is what they are built best for, but don't look for them to make too serious a push.

Chance to Rep the NFC: 15%


4. Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

Like the 49ers, the Falcons are a very balanced team. While maybe not as defensively strong as San Fran, they boast a much more dynamic, explosive, and playoff experienced lineup. They got the best draw out of the Wild Card bunch, traveling to New York, so if they can get one win under their belt, who knows how far they can go. It won't be easy but if this team can get hot, watch out.

Chance to Rep the NFC: 15%


5. Detroit Lions (10-6)

This isn't a typo, the Detroit Lions are actually participating in the playoffs this season and I wouldn't want to be the team playing them. An explosive team offensively, the Lions can put up 40 points on anyone, they are that talented. Unfortunately, their defense is usually giving up 41, as was the case with their season final loss to the Packers. Drawing the Saints in round one is the worst possible matchup for this young team as they are the one team outside of Green Bay who can outperform that offense.

Chance to Rep the NFC: 10%


6. New York Giants (9-7)

The good thing about the playoffs is that everyone is 0-0 when they start so the inconsistent season the Giants had, well, throw it out the window. That is, at least, what I'm sure the Giants coaching staff is saying. New York is one of those teams that you wouldn't be shocked to see make a postseason run but also wouldn't be surprised to see them blown out at home. They are this playoffs ultimate head-scratcher.

Chance to Rep the NFC: 10%


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