The final few stages of the journey to New Orleans will begin this Saturday with a lot of familiar faces as well as some new blood.All told, eight of last season’s 12 playoff participants from 2011 are back for another go-around as six teams (New England, Baltimore, Houston, Denver, Green Bay and San Francisco) repeated as division champions, while the Cincinnati returns as a wild card team and Atlanta unseated New Orleans for the top spot in the NFC South.Looking for a favorite?Good luck. In each of the last six seasons, six different seeds have gone onto win the Super Bowl, including the NFC’s No. 6 Packers in 2010 and the NFC’s No. 4 Giants in 2011.And it’s always worth noting that the last time the team with the best win-loss record in the league to capture the whole ball of wax was the 2003 Patriots, who parlayed a 14-2 season into a win in Super Bowl XXXVIII. In other words, eight straight seasons have come and gone since.So it’s good luck to the not-so dirty dozen teams out to grab the Lombardi in February. Your guess is as good as their's as to who will be holding it high in just over four weeks…http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/content/matter-facts-seahawks-have-no-1-scoring-defense/20585/