NFL Power Rankings Going Into AFC, NFC Championship Games
The Falcons' other "Matty Ice," kicker Matt Bryant, came through in the clutch in the Divisional Round.
By: Nathan Rush | 1/15/13, 8:49 PM EST
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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