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In the playoffs, the only guarantee is that there is none

A strong playoff team needs to run the ball well and be able to stop the run -- or does it? Mike Sando measures that "truth" and others against recent NFL playoff teams to get a handle on the postseason.

Updated: January 3, 2008, 10:40 AM ET
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

Defense wins championships in the NFL -- except when teams known for offense enjoy Super Bowl success.

Home-field advantage is everything in the playoffs -- except when a wild-card team wins it all.

Teams geared to run the ball and stop the run win in the playoffs -- except when passing teams emerge with the Lombardi Trophy.

Super Bowl teams tend to have established franchise quarterbacks -- except when they employ journeymen.

Even the most time-honored playoff ...

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