All 12 NFL playoff teams have flaws to fix (12 items)
Twelve contenders, all with issues that could make them pretenders.
To win the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city, each team in the NFL playoffs has a flaw it must conquer. A depleted defense in Denver. A sputtering offense in Seattle.
And plenty more elsewhere.
The Seahawks and Broncos both went 13-3 and earned the top seeds in their conferences. Along with the Panthers and Patriots, they get an extra week off to fix their imperfections.
Those four will do well to remember that six of the last eight Super Bowl champions played on wild-card weekend.
"Everybody is 0-0 now," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said.
New England was the last team to parlay the best regular-season record into a title back in 2003, and the last No. 1 seed that got to say, "We're No. 1!" was the 2009 New Orleans Saints.
Here's a look at the main weakness of each of the 12 teams hoping to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2:
1 of 12. Denver Broncos
"You may take a second to pause and reflect," tight end Jacob Tamme said, "but everyone in here knows that what you do in the regular season is not what counts."
2 of 12. New England Patriots
"We just all have to do a better job because our margin of error is very slim," Tom Brady said after a 24-20 loss at Miami on Dec. 15. "We're not winning by 30 points. Every game comes down to the end."
3 of 12. Indianapolis Colts
"It's probably like solving the Rubik's Cube," coach Chuck Pagano cracked when asked about choosing this week's starters to fend off Kansas City's front seven.
4 of 12. Cincinnati Bengals
"A great player is going to get those things and hit some of those," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said earlier this season about that overthrow. "That's how you get to that status. If not, you're never going to be looked at as that."
5 of 12. Kansas City Chiefs
"Some of us have done this before," said Alex Smith, who led the 49ers to the NFC title game two years ago. "It's wiping the slate clean. It's a brand new season. This game is such a week-to-week thing anyway."