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Key playoff questions for the NFC

Len Pasquarelli analyzes the six NFC playoff teams and answers several key questions, including: Does anybody have a chance against the Pats?

Originally Published: December 30, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Since league rules prohibit the New England Patriots from being awarded the Super Bowl XLII title by simple acclamation, the NFC half of the playoff bracket will have to be contested. That means some franchise must represent the conference as the designated sacrifice for a Patriots team that seems destined to win a fourth championship in seven years.

A little harsh in characterizing the team that will eventually emerge as the NFC's standard bearer? Yeah, probably so.

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