NFL Power Rankings Going Into AFC, NFC Championship Games

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The Falcons' other "Matty Ice," kicker Matt Bryant, came through in the clutch in the Divisional Round.

<p> NFL Power Rankings Going Into AFC, NFC Championship Games, including the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.</p>

Athlon Sports' weekly rankings of NFL teams. The New England Patriots have taken over the top spot. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs remain locked into the No. 1 pick in this April's NFL Draft.

Here are our NFL Power Rankings following the NFL Playoffs' Divisional Round:



1. Patriots (13-4) Aim for sixth Super Bowl of Belichick-Brady era.

2. 49ers (12-4-1) Alex Smith who? Colin Kaepernick owns spotlight.

3. Falcons (14-3) Unintended onside kick ends thrilling win vs. Hawks.

4. Ravens (12-6) Return to site of last year’s AFC title game defeat.

5. Broncos (13-4) John Fox taking heat for taking knee to settle for OT.

6. Packers (12-6) Unable to double-check Colin Kaepernick in defeat.

7. Texans (13-5) Gary Kubiak, teammates “believe” in Matt Schaub.

8. Seahawks (12-6) Russell Wilson sets rookie QB playoff passing mark.

9. Redskins (10-7) NFLPA executive says FedEx Field a “safety issue.”

10. Bengals (10-7) Vontaze Burfict not fined for hit on Texans’ Graham.

11. Colts (11-6) Andrew Luck acts on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”

12. Vikings (10-7) Problems with Percy Harvin downplayed by GM.

13. Bears (10-6) Brandon Marshall an All-Pro in first year in Chicago.

14. Giants (9-7) Rookie David Wilson second-team All-Pro as KR.

15. Cowboys (8-8) Hire “Godfather of Tampa 2” Monte Kiffin as DC.

16. Steelers (8-8) Chris Rainey placed on waivers after being arrested.



17. Rams (7-8-1) Rob Ryan rumored to be near deal to be next DC.

18. Panthers (7-9) Cam Newton taking classes at Auburn in offseason.

19. Saints (7-9) New Orleans preps as host city of Super Bowl XLVII.

20. Dolphins (7-9) Promise to pay for half of redone Sun Life Stadium.

21. Chargers (7-9) Hire Broncos OC Mike McCoy as next head coach.

22. Buccaneers (7-9) Ronde Barber to take his time debating retirement.

23. Titans (6-10) Fire Alan Lowry, architect of “Music City Miracle.”

24. Bills (6-10) Hire Nathaniel Hackett as OC, Mike Pettine as DC.

25. Jets (6-10) Struggle to fill vacant GM position amid team turmoil.

26. Cardinals (5-11) Steve Keim named GM, turns attention to new coach.

27. Browns (5-11) Norv Turner to be OC under coach Rob Chudzinski.

28. Lions (4-12) Cliff Avril set for another offseason contract battle.

29. Eagles (4-12) Interview both Brian Billick and Ken Whisenhunt.

30. Raiders (4-12) Rolando McClain arrested, tells cops “F--- y’all.”

31. Jaguars (2-14) Not interested in Tim Tebow “even if he’s released.”

32. Chiefs (2-14) Will take “best player available” in draft, says GM.

 

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