NFL Power Rankings: Divisional Playoffs Week

The Denver Broncos remain rated No. 1 in the NFL Sports Power Rankings, as the NFL playoffs reach the divisional round.

The Broncos will face No. 10 San Diego Chargers with a berth in the AFC championship game on the line Sunday in Denver. San Diego defeated the heavily favored Broncos in Denver on December 12.

The other AFC divisional playoff matchup feature’s one of the NFL’s best rivalries, No. 8 New England hosting No. 12 Indianapolis, the teams fourth post-season meeting in the last 11 years.

In the NFC, No. 2 San Francisco travels to No. 6 Carolina. The Panthers have won four straight and eight of their last 10 games against the 49ers, the defending NFC champions.

No. 3 Seattle hosts No. 5 New Orleans in the other NFC divisional playoff game. The Seahawks whipped the Saints 34-7 on December 2.

Here are the complete NFL Power Rankings, througfh games of January 5, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8890
2San Francisco.7180
3Seattle.7150
4Kansas City.6253
5New Orleans.6030
6Carolina.5560
7Cincinnati.528-3
8New England.5250
9Arizona.4750
10San Diego.3592
11Philadelphia.286-1
12Indianapolis.166-1
13Tennessee.0280
14St. Louis-.0101
15Detroit-.017-1
16Miami-.0840
17Tampa Bay-.1541
18Pittsburgh-.156-1
19Dallas-.1621
20Chicago-.177-1
21Green Bay-.2530
22Baltimore-.3210
23NY Giants-.3362
24Atlanta-.3390
25Buffalo-.346-2
26Minnesota-.3570
27NY Jets-.5370
28Cleveland-.5900
29Washington-.6120
30Houston-.6140
31Oakland-.6960
32Jacksonville-.9280

NFL Power Rankings: Final Regular Season

The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers are projected to reach the Super Bowl, accoring to the final regular-season NFL Sports Power Rankings.

The No. 1 Broncos won four of their final five games to clinch the number one seed and home field advantage in the AFC playoffs. The Broncos will play either No. 12 San Diego or the winner of the No. 7 Kansas City vs. No. 11 Indianapolis game in the divisional playoffs next weekend.

The No. 2 49ers, the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs, will meet the No. 23 Green Bay Packers at frigid Lambeau Field in Green Bay Sunday.

Other projected winners in thie weekend’s wild card playoff games include No. 5 New Orleans over No. 10 Philadelphia, and No. 4 Cincinnati over the Chargers.

Here are the complete NFL Sports Power Rankings, through week 17 of the 2013 NFL regular season:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8810
2San Francisco.7410
3Seattle.7141
4Cincinnati.7131
5New Orleans.6252
6Carolina.556-3
7Kansas City.552-1
8New England.5330
9Arizona.4770
10Philadelphia.2792
11Indianapolis.245-1
12San Diego.238-1
13Tennessee.0304
14Detroit-.0101
15St. Louis-.013-1
16Miami-.075-3
17Pittsburgh-.1423
18Tampa Bay-.144-2
19Chicago-.156-1
20Dallas-.161-1
21Green Bay-.2552
22Baltimore-.315-1
23Buffalo-.330-1
24Atlanta-.3352
25NY Giants-.345-1
26Minnesota-.356-1
27NY Jets-.5414
28Cleveland-.5801
29Washington-.601-1
30Houston-.609-3
31Oakland-.695-1
32Jacksonville-.9260