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The Super Bowl, the premier event in football and the most-watched sporting event in America, is coming up fast. With the NFL playoffs starting just over a week from now, here are seven teams that will most likely be among the 14 entering the playoffs, and each could have a good shot at a Super Bowl victory.
With a record of 13 wins and three losses, the Philadelphia Eagles have shown the best performance of any NFL team so far this year. The Eagles, led by head coach Nick Sirianni, have had a stellar season so far and are currently one of the most favored predictions to be one of the Super Bowl contenders.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs have been a powerhouse team in the NFL since they drafted quarterback Patrick Mahomes in 2017. The Chiefs have a record of 13 wins and three losses so far this season, which gives them a good shot at getting a #1 seed in the tournament and having a bye week the first week.
At twelve wins and three losses, the Buffalo Bills are the other major contender for the #1 seed in the AFC. The team is especially motivated to pursue a championship this year to honor their teammate, Damar Hamlin, who is currently hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest during the Bills’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, but as he’s continued to recover over the last few days, he’s continued to share his support for his team.
At 12 wins and four losses, the Dallas Cowboys are second to the Eagles in NFC East rankings but are still in a great position for a potential Super Bowl run. The Cowboys are coached by Mike McCarthy, who has been leading the team since 2020. The Cowboys had a solid year last year, with a record of 12 wins and five losses as well as a division title, but were kept from a Super Bowl run by an upset loss against the San Francisco 49ers during the playoffs.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are another potential Super Bowl contender team that has a record of 12 wins and four losses. The Niners are currently ranked first in the NFC West, and have an impressive nine-game winning streak. This record and continuing momentum may lead them to be a Super Bowl contender this year.
The Vikings have had a crazy season this year, including a record-breaking comeback against the Indianapolis Colts a few weeks ago. The Vikings went down 33 points in the first half of that game, but managed to miraculously come back for a 39-36 overtime win. This is a resilient team that’s shown that they have the tenacity to potentially earn a Super Bowl opportunity this year.
The Bengals reached the Super Bowl last year before losing a close game 23-20 to the Los Angeles Rams, but unlike the Rams, they’ve had a great season again this year. The Bengals have made it this far in the season with 11 wins and four losses, a stark difference from the Rams’ five wins and 11 losses.