Why the 49ers need Frank Gore to run, the Lions need Megatron to activate, and the Ravens need Ray Rice to be Ray Rice.

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The NFL playoffs are finally here, and only 12 teams remain in the Super Bowl chase. The remaining teams have been the best in the league all season long, and they all deserve their place in the postseason.

Each postseason franchise relies on one player above the rest to lead them to January victories. Here are the 12 most vital players in January.

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