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NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

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JACKSONVILLE -- Here are senior writer John Oehser's Week 17 2014 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

1.New England Patriots (12-3) | 1 | Looks like Tom Brady is still starting at quarterback

2.Seattle Seahawks (11-4) | 3 | Peaking – really, really peaking – at the right time

3.Green Bay Packers (11-4) | 4 | Can clinch NFC North with a victory over Detroit at Lambeau Sunday

4.Denver Broncos (11-4) | 2 | Missed a chance to clinch a bye Sunday

5.Dallas Cowboys (11-4) | 6 | Clinched NFC East on Sunday

6.Cincinnati Bengals (10-4-1) | 8 | Huge victory Monday for a team that needed one

7.Arizona Cardinals (11-4) | 5 | Their road to the Super Bowl got a lot tougher Sunday

8.Detroit Lions (11-4) | 9 | Can clinch NFC North with a victory at Green Bay Sunday

9.Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5) | 11 | In the postseason for first time since 2011

10.San Diego Chargers (9-6) | 13 | Epic comeback saved postseason hopes – for the time being

11.Indianapolis Colts (10-5) | 7 | They're in the postseason, but hardly peaking at the finish

12.Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) | 10 | Playoff hopes slip, slipped away at end of season

13.Baltimore Ravens (9-6) | 12 | Bad, bad loss for a contending team Sunday

14.Kansas City Chiefs (8-7) | 14 | Four losses in five games means playoff hopes very, very slim

15.Houston Texans (8-7) | 19 | Need to beat Jacksonville – and need help, too

  1. Buffalo Bills (8-7) | 15 | Loss at Oakland ended postseason chances

17.Cleveland Browns (7-8) | 16 | Loss at Carolina knocked Browns out of postseason

18.San Francisco 49ers (7-8) | 17 | If this is end of Harbaugh era, it's ending quietly

  1. Miami Dolphins (8-7) | 18 | Out of the playoffs, but Philbin will return

20.Carolina Panthers (6-8-1) | 26 | Your NFC-South-leading Carolina Panthers

21.Atlanta Falcons (6-9) | 21 | A victory Sunday and they win the NFC South. Really

22.New Orleans Saints (6-9) | 20| Five consecutive losses at home? For this team?

23.St. Louis Rams (6-9) | 22 | If they get quarterback worked out, this is a winning franchise

  1. Minnesota Vikings (6-9) | 23 | Taking on the look of an improving team

25.New York Giants (6-9) | 25 | Unbeaten since losing to the Jaguars

  1. Chicago Bears (5-10) | 24 | What – or, rather, where – is next for Jay Cutler?

27.Washington Redskins (4-11) | 27 | Beating the Eagles Saturday one of year's biggest upsets

28.New York Jets (3-12) | 28 | Was Sunday's loss the last Rex-Belichick matchup?

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-12) | 30 | Inching their way up

30.Oakland Raiders (3-12) | 32 | Spoiling a lot of seasons as 2014 draws to a close

31.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-13) | 29 | Still have a chance at No. 1 overall selection

32.Tennessee Titans (2-13) | 31 | Nine consecutive losses

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