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NFL: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team.

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The NFL in 2018 has come down to four teams down the stretch, with a couple of others maybe on the outside looking in. In the AFC, the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs are in great position to put a stranglehold on the two first-round byes, while the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are locking down the NFC.

In SB Nation’s recent FanPulse poll, there is overwhelming confidence in all four of these teams. The Chiefs and Patriots dominated the polling with 94% of all votes going their way.

The same respondents were even bigger believers in the two NFC juggernauts with the Saints and Rams snagging a combined 96% of the vote.

What does this all mean? It means at least one of these four teams are probably not going to end up in their respective championship games. There is always a dark horse that emerges to upset the balance of power in January.

Only once in the last 10 years have both the top two seeds from each conference advanced to their title games. That year was 2015. In every other season, at least one or two of the top seeded teams fell in the divisional round.

If I were to pick one of these four teams to blow it, I would probably go with the team that has the most misfortune in their playoff history - the Chiefs.

That would halfway make up for the Denver Broncos choking away two chances to beat them in 2018.

Poll

Which of these teams is most likely to NOT play in a conference championship game this season?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Patriots
    (237 votes)
  • 47%
    Chiefs
    (384 votes)
  • 10%
    Saints
    (81 votes)
  • 12%
    Rams
    (104 votes)
806 votes total Vote Now