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            NEW YORK (AP) — Just get in.

If ever that philosophy about the NFL playoffs rang true, it’s this year, when two No. 6 seeds are in the conference championship games. Nobody would be shocked to see both the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets in the Super Bowl.

Nor would the NFL be upset by so many upsets. What better evidence could there be that the “anybody can win at any time” mantra is accurate?

Long shots going far in the playoffs, even winning Super Bowls, is not unheard of. Consider that since the league went to six playoff teams in 1990 — there were three divisions and three wild cards until 2002 — wild cards have made the title game 14 times.

Counting the Packers and Jets, eight of those have occurred since 2005. Two of those wild cards, the 2005 Steelers and 2007 Giants, won the whole thing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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