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Power Rankings: End of Regular Season

Well that’s a wrap folks; the regular season has officially come and gone. We’re now left with 12 teams all fighting for the all important Lombardi trophy. Now that the season has come to rest, so do the power rankings. As always if you think you can do better, leave your own rankings in the comments below.

1. New England Patriots (14-2).  The only team likely capable of defeating Tom Brady and his freight train of talent has suddenly been matched up in his bracket. Baltimore looms in the distance, and assuredly Tom Terrific must be saying an extra prayer for the Chiefs. Last Week: #1

2. Atlanta Falcons (13-3). The Falcons did their job and locked up the division title and home field. This is especially important for a QB who doesn’t lose at home. Last Week: #3

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4). The Steelers throttled the browns to lock up a share of first place in the division and more importantly the bye week.  Last Week: #4

4. Baltimore Ravens (12-4).  The Ravens played flat uninspired ball against a rival who has consistently had their number. The roller coaster offensive line has been painful to watch at times this season.  Last Week: #2

5. Indianapolis Colts (10-6).  Peyton Manning is simply a winner. He get’s the job done like no other QB in the modern age. Last Week: #8

6. Green Bay Packers (10-6). Aaron Rodgers made the playoffs and will put his team in good position to make a run in Philadelphia this weekend. Last Week: #10

7. New Orleans Saints (11-5). The Saints had an opportunity to make some noise, but ultimately fell flat against the Bucs. Their reward is a cupcake game in Seattle for the wild card. Last Week: #5

8. Chicago Bears (11-5). Cutler and Martz misfired and couldn’t solve the Packers. Last Week: #6

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6). Two wins in a row, including one of the Saints, gives Tampa much hope for 2011. Last Week: #12

10. New York Jets (11-5).  The Jets won their final game of the season, but with the Kansas City loss, they’ve drawn the formidable Indianapolis Colts. Last Week: #11

11. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6). The Eagles will win or lose at the hands and health of Michael Vick. Last Week: #7

12. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6). The Chiefs stumbled against the Raiders and drew the very dangerous Baltimore Ravens. Last Week: #9

13. New York Giants (10-6). Despite the narrow win over the Redskins, the Giants find themselves on the outside looking in. Last Week: #13

14. San Diego Chargers (9-7). There is no excuse for a team with this much talent to finish out of the playoff. It may be time for the coaching staff to go. Last Week: #15

15. Oakland Raiders (8-8). The Raiders are the first team since the merger to go unbeaten in the division and still not make the playoffs. Last Week: #19

16. Detroit Lions (6-10). Like the Bucs, there is much cause for hope in the motor city. Last Week: #17

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8). With every opportunity to win the division, Jacksonville simply could not get the job done. Last Week: #14

18. Dallas Cowboys (6-10). Jason Garrett’s win over Philadelphia likely bought him another audition with Jerry Jones. Last Week: #21

19. St. Louis Rams (7-9). The Rams were given a chance, but ultimately could not get the job done. Last Week: #16

20. Miami Dolphins (7-9). Three loses to end the season will be the epitaph of Tony Sparano’s career in Miami. Last Week: #18

21. San Francisco 49ers (6-10). Jim Tomsula will likely be a footnote in the annals of 49er lore, however he pushed his team to a hard fought and well deserved victory. This will not be his last head coaching foray. Last Week: #24

22. Seattle Seahawks (7-9).  The Seahawks are your NFC West division champs folks, give them a hand. Last Week: #30

23. Houston Texans (6-10).  A final win over the Jags may not be enough to save Kubiak. Last Week: #28

24. Minnesota Vikings (6-10). The Vikings stumble one final time to end their disastrous campaign. Last Week: #20

25. Washington Redskins (6-10). Grossman isn’t a great QB, but damn if he didn’t rally the troops and bring respectability to Washington down the stretch. Last Week: #23

26. Cleveland Browns (5-11). Failed to show up in their final game of the season. The tenure of Eric Mangini is officially over Last Week: # 25

27. Tennessee Titans (6-10).  The Titans played a great game against the Colts, but in the end, they came up just short. Last Week: #29

28. Arizona Cardinals (5-11). The Cardinals followed up their emotional win with a staggering loss. Who knows what this team will be going forward. Last Week: #26

29. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12). The Bengals played their hearts out in Baltimore, but ultimately killed themselves with turnovers and stupid mistakes. Last Week: #22

30. Denver Broncos (4-12). The Broncos are hoping John Elway can convince Jim Harbaugh to come and be the mile High Savior. Last Week: # 27

31. Buffalo Bills (4-12). The good feelings won’t carry over into next season, but at least Buffalo has a good QB going forward. Last Week: #31

 32. Carolina Panthers (2-14). Embarrassing season for everyone involved. The front office should be ashamed of itself. Last Week: #32

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