The first thing we learned from the playoffs is that anything can happen once you get your ticket in. 2010 Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl as a 6th seed wild card team, 2008 Arizonia Cardinals made it to the Super bowl as a 9-7 divison winner and one stop from winning it, 2007 New York Giants won the Super Bowl as a 6th seed wild card team, 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl as a 6th seed wild card team, and this year the 2012 New York Giants won the divison with 9-7 record won 2 road games and now headed to the Super Bowl.
That is why the NFL playoffs are so exciting cause it is a one and done playoff system and if you dont play your best you can get beat on any given Sunday and be out of the playoffs. This year featured 3 playoff teams that was lead by there defense in the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, and Denver Broncos, 4 teams that was balanced in Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, and 5 teams that was lead by the offense New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Detriot Lions, New York Giants and New Orleans Saints. The teams got placed into groups based on their regular season performance and which unit was the main factor in the team getting to the playoffs.
There are 2 teams left standing the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, and although both teams made the playoffs mainly due to being offensive style teams both the Patriots and Giants defenses have played well in the playoffs. Defensive Teams such as the 49ers, Ravens and Broncos each won 1 playoff game but just could not get over the hump cause they could not get enough production from the QB position to advance if the QB's from each of these teams made a few more plays in their respective games they would have probably advanced to Super Bowl in 49ers and Ravens case. These Defensive teams have to play near perfect football in order to win in playoffs cause they dont have enough offensive firepower(or a QB to win a game for them) to overcome any mistakes turnovers on offense, dropped balls, bad calls from refs, mistakes on special teams or a blown assignment on defense. Houston lost cause they did not have the production at QB that they had most of the season with Matt Schaub and would have probably won their game if he was healthy, cause he was not healthy they had to be a Defensive lead team that could not overcome mistakes by special teams and rookie QB.
All in all the teams that make the playoffs have Good to elite QB play, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Ben Rothlisberger, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub(before he was injured), and to a lesser degree Joe Flacco, Alex Smith, Andy Dalton, and then you got Tim Tebow was a good leader for Denver is all i will say about him. And at the end of the day you are gonna have to get some high level production from your QB to win in the playoffs cause every team has at the very least a decent defense and defenses tend to play a lot better in the playoffs. You need to make the most out of every possession in the postseason so you need a QB that will make as many plays as he can to win a Super Bowl Championship.