The Green Bay Packers have been dominant in the NFC, winning 13 games and securing the top seed. They have a balanced offense led by MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers and a solid defense that can pressure the quarterback. The Packers will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, which could be crucial in the cold weather.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the defending champions and the favorites to repeat in the AFC. They have the best record in the league at 14-2 and the most explosive offense in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes is having another stellar season, throwing for over 4,700 yards and 38 touchdowns. The Chiefs also have a plethora of weapons, such as Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Chiefs’ defense is not as strong as their offense, but they have enough playmakers to make timely stops.
The Buffalo Bills are the surprise team of the year, winning their first division title since 1995 and ending a 25-year playoff drought. They have won six straight games, including a 48-19 rout of the Denver Broncos that clinched the AFC East. Josh Allen has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, improving his accuracy and decision-making. He has a dynamic connection with Stefon Diggs, who led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards. The Bills’ defense is also formidable, especially in the secondary, where they have one of the best cornerback duos in Tre’Davious White and Levi Wallace.
The New Orleans Saints are another strong contender in the NFC, finishing with a 12-4 record and winning their fourth consecutive NFC South title. They have one of the most balanced teams in the league, ranking in the top five in both offense and defense. Drew Brees is still playing at a high level, despite missing four games due to injury. He has a reliable target in Alvin Kamara, who had a historic performance in Week 16, scoring six touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings. The Saints’ defense is also stout, led by Cameron Jordan, Demario Davis, and Marshon Lattimore.