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With the play-offs coming into view now as the NFL enters week 15, the race to reach the post-season is really heating up.

The AFC appears to be becoming a two horse race as the weeks go by with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos appearing unstoppable in their conference games.

The Patriots haven't lost to AFC opposition since week four whilst the Broncos are undefeated against AFC teams since week nine when they lost to the Patriots.

The NFC however is a completely different story with quite frankly, six of the top seven seeds in the conference all looking capable of reaching the Super Bowl.

For me, there are three main contenders to be at the big game in Arizona on February 1st, but one is doomed to fail.


The current top two seeds in the conference - Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers whilst the team currently occupying the #5 seed is also a very real contender in the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cardinals are top of the conference due to their win on Thursday night over the St Louis Rams and they will be eagerly awaiting Green Bay's game with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Whilst all three of these teams look good for the Super Bowl, I believe that one of them is destined to fail.

The Cardinals have suffered many setbacks this year but are still finding the wins they need - an admirable quality.

Aaron Rodgers is looking unstoppable for the Packers this year as many believe he has now reached his prime.

The Seahawks defense is beginning to look like the team that took the NFL by storm last year when they won their first ever Super Bowl.

Who are the doomed?

In my opinion, one of these teams is doomed to fail, and that team is the current #1 seed in the conference, the Arizona Cardinals.

Yes, they lost Carson Palmer to a season ending injury and Thursday night Drew Stanton went down hurt and is now listed as week to week.

However the biggest reason I feel they are doomed to fail this year is not due to injuries, but due to sheer quality.

If Arizona were to come up against either team in the NFC Championship game, I believe they would lose for different reasons.

Whilst they put in a good defensive performance against St Louis on Thursday, I don't feel the Arizona defense - which is ranked 26th in the league this year would be able to stop Rogers and the Packers offense.

The Packers currently have the sixth ranked offense in the NFL and it is largely down to Rodgers and his arm.

Nevertheless, I feel the Packers would be far to strong an outfit for the Cardinals to overcome as this season's quickest starters would be outclassed.

However, if the Cardinals came up against the Seahawks in the championship game, they would be going up against Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell with the 10th ranked pass offense.

Not a bad number but against the number one ranked pass defense, that is a tall task for anyone.

Whilst on the run, Arizona are ranked way down in 26th in terms of rushing offense and would again be going against a much better defense.

It would be a shame to see Arizona fail as I would love to see a new name amongst the Super Bowl contenders, but I feel it is just not going to happen this year.

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