The 2012 postseason provides a perfect case study in momentum: an interesting mix of teams, some great and some mediocre, that are either peaking at the right time or falling apart at the wrong time. Each of the 12 playoff contenders has a fairly distinct statistical storyline that tells us who's hot and who's not entering the postseason.
There are many methods we can use to test momentum entering the playoffs. The most obvious, of course, and the most important, is wins and losses: the hands-down winner in that case, of course, is Denver. Peyton Manning's mile-high crew powers into the postseason with 11 straight victories.