NFC playoffs rich with proven winners

'Dome-field' advantage, injuries factors to consider when assessing top-heavy field

Originally Published: January 3, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Late-season slumps by the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, two teams that at one point represented the class of the NFC, have created a perception that the conference's playoffs are wide open.

Over the next three weeks, that perception could become reality.

Certainly it is fueled by the Saints' losing their last three outings after a 13-0 start and the Vikings' losses in three of their last five after an 10-1 start.

What's more, the six NFC teams in ...

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