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The Denver Broncos set the single-season record for points scored (606). Surely they have the best offense among the league's 12 playoff teams ... right? If they do, where do the other squads rank? Click on the images below to set your list!

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NFL playoff offenses

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Chiefs

Colts

Eagles

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Panthers

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The Seahawks and Broncos went 13-3 and earned No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences. But which one is the best of the 12-team 2013-14 NFL playoff field? Or do you believe one of the others -- perhaps the upstart Panthers, or the experienced Patriots -- should earn the top spot? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL playoff teams

49ers

49ers

12-4, 2nd in NFC West

Bengals

Bengals

11-5, 1st in AFC North

Broncos

Broncos

13-3, 1st in AFC West

Chargers

Chargers

9-7, 3rd in AFC West

Chiefs

Chiefs

11-5, 2nd in AFC West

Colts

Colts

11-5, 1st in AFC South

Eagles

Eagles

10-6, 1st in NFC East

Packers

Packers

8-7-1, 1st in NFC North

Panthers

Panthers

12-4, 1st in NFC South

Patriots

Patriots

12-4, 1st in AFC East

Saints

Saints

11-5, 2nd in NFC South

Seahawks

Seahawks

13-3, 1st in NFC West

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Ravens change playoff picture?

Six Justin Tucker field goals -- including a 61-yarder with 38 seconds left -- were all the Baltimore Ravens needed on "Monday Night Football" to throw three playoff races for a loop. By beating the Detroit Lions 18-16, Baltimore moved to 8-6 and within one game of the Cincinnati Bengals atop the AFC North. By losing, Detroit fell to 7-7 and a surprising third in an NFC North Division it recently controlled. And then there's the AFC wild-card race, which still features three strong candidates -- four if you count Cincinnati -- fighting for one last spot. How will it all shake out?

  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Which of these teams will earn the last AFC wild-card spot?

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  • Which of these teams would be most dangerous in the playoffs?

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  • What are the chances the Patriots and Bengals don't both win their respective divisions?

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  • Will the Lions ever win a playoff game with Matthew Stafford as starting quarterback?

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  • Is Jim Schwartz on the hot seat?

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  • Will a kicker ever hit a 70-yard field goal in a game?

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Should Patriots fans be worried?

That 10-4 record is far from bad, but peel away the layers and things look a little murkier for the New England Patriots. Two weeks ago, they needed a comeback to beat the lowly Houston Texans. A week ago, they needed to rally to top the Cleveland Browns. Sunday it finally caught up to them, as the Miami Dolphins held off Tom Brady's late charge to win 24-20. Now, the Patriots very likely are playoff-bound. But will this team make any noise when it gets there?

  • What do you make of the Dolphins' 24-20 win over the Patriots?

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  • How worried should Patriots fans be about their team's recent play (five straight games decided by four points or fewer, wins over DEN, HOU, CLE; losses to CAR, MIA)?

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  • Are the Patriots legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • How will the Patriots fare in the playoffs?

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  • Will the Patriots reach another Super Bowl with Bill Belichick as coach and Tom Brady as starting QB?

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      57%
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  • Will the Dolphins make the playoffs?

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Gronkowski tears ACL, MCL

The Patriots are a different (read: worse) team without Rob Gronkowski, so the news that he's out for the season after tearing his ACL and MCL must put a damper on their third consecutive comeback win. Gronkowski was hit in the knee by Browns safety T.J. Ward after catching a pass from Tom Brady, and he had to be carted off the field. The news couldn't be much worse for the Patriots, who've won their past three games only by the slimmest of margins and have already suffered devastating injuries to stalwarts like Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. Though Brady thinks the team will adapt, it's hard to see how New England can make another Super Bowl run without their best pass-catcher.

Are the Patriots legitimate Super Bowl contenders with Rob Gronkowski out for the rest of the season?

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  • If you were a pro football player, where would you least want to be hit?

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  • Will Rob Gronkowski ever play a full season for the Patriots again?

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  • How many games will the Patriots (10-3; at MIA, at BAL, vs. BUF) win this season?

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  • What do you make of the Patriots' recent struggles (34-31 win at HOU, 27-26 win vs. CLE)?

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  • Will the Patriots reach another Super Bowl with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 19,360)

  • Which of these AFC teams has the best chance of beating out the favored Broncos for a Super Bowl bid?

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