Athlon Sports' weekly rankings of NFL teams. The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos head into the playoffs as the No. 1 seeds in the NFC and AFC, respectively. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs have locked up the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
Here are our NFL Power Rankings following Week 17 of the season:
1. Falcons (13-3) John Abraham injures ankle in meaningless defeat.
2. Broncos (13-3) Eleventh straight win clinches No. 1 seed in playoffs.
3. Patriots (12-4) Rob Gronkowski scores in return from forearm injury.
4. 49ers (11-4-1) Clinch first-round bye with win plus Packers’ loss.
5. Texans (12-4) J.J. Watt falls two sacks shy of single-season record.
6. Packers (11-5) Lose at Minnesota, set to host rematch at Lambeau.
7. Seahawks (11-5) Russell Wilson ties rookie TD pass record (26) in win.
8. Redskins (10-6) RG3 plays through pain, leads Skins to playoffs.
9. Ravens (10-6) Ray Lewis returns for “last ride” before retirement.
10. Colts (11-5) Chuck Pagano victorious in first game back in Indy.
11. Bengals (10-6) Hope playoff rematch in Houston has happy ending.
12. Vikings (10-6) Adrian Peterson makes history, playoffs in victory.
13. Bears (10-6) Lovie Smith fired, Mike Ditka calls the move “stupid.”
14. Giants (9-7) Too little, too late for reigning Super Bowl champs.
15. Cowboys (8-8) Tony Romo throws season-ending INT vs. Redskins.
16. Steelers (8-8) Mike Tomlin avoids first losing season with victory.
17. Rams (7-8-1) One win away from first winning season since 2003.
18. Panthers (7-9) Win four straight, five of last six, to finish season.
19. Saints (7-9) Drew Brees first ever with three 5,000-yard years.
20. Dolphins (7-9) Fourth straight losing season ends in shutout loss.
21. Chargers (7-9) Pull the plug on coach Norv Turner, GM A.J. Smith.
22. Buccaneers (7-9) Muscle Hamster finishes with 1,454 yards, 11 TDs.
23. Titans (6-10) First ever with two players to score two return TDs.
24. Bills (6-10) Fire Chan Gailey; establishing analytics department.
25. Jets (6-10) Rex Ryan leaves town with job intact — for now.
26. Cardinals (5-11) Ken Whisenhunt fired after losing 11 of last 12 games.
27. Browns (5-11) Ready to hire sixth coach since 1999 return to NFL.
28. Lions (4-12) Calvin Johnson falls 36 yards short of 2K campaign.
29. Eagles (4-12) Andy Reid fired after 130–93–1 record in 14 seasons.
30. Raiders (4-12) Dennis Allen fires OC Greg Knapp after down year.
31. Jaguars (2-14) Is it Tim Tebow time now that season is finally over?
32. Chiefs (2-14) Fire Romeo Crennel, status of Scott Pioli uncertain.