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NFL Power Rankings: Iggles, Jets surge

1. Patriots (12-2) (1): Pats get a scare from Matt Flynn’s Packers, but come up with frantic second-half comeback to win their sixth straight.

2. Falcons (12-2) (2): Falcons pummel Seahawks 34-18 in Seattle to clinch a playoff berth. That’s eight straight wins for Matt Ryan and the boys.

3. Eagles (10-4) (5): Ridiculous comeback from 31-10 deficit with eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter, as Michael Vick’s throwing and running, and DeSean Jackson’s punt return on the final play, lead to a new Miracle at the Meadowlands at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

4. Ravens (10-4) (7): Massive home win over defending Super Bowl champs, as Ray Rice runs for 153 yards and two TDs to end New Orleans’ winning streak at six games.

5. Saints (10-4) (3): Saints had scored 30 or more points in five straight games until facing the Ravens on the road. End result: 30-24 loss to Bal’more.

6. Steelers (10-4) (4): Not having Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller was huge for the Stillers. Even with the loss, though, they clinch a playoff berth.

7. Jets (10-4) (11): Jets get their swag back with a gritty 22-17 road win over Pittsburgh. They run the ball against Pittsburgh’s nearly impenetrable D, and they stop Ben Roethlisberger on the final drive.

8. Bears (10-4) (8): Bears whip Vikings at the University of Minnesota 40-14 to win the NFC North. Kudos to return man Devin Hester, who breaks the NFL record with his 15th return touchdown.

9. Chiefs (9-5) (13): Less than two weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Matt Cassel returns to the lineup and leads a 27-13 road win in St. Louis. One massive step closer to the AFC West title.

10. Giants (9-5) (6): Franchise-rattling loss to the Eagles, as the Giants blow a 31-10 lead and see their playoff hopes seriously threatened. They can get in with a win over the Packers; the question now is whether the after-effects of the loss will last.

11. Chargers (8-6) (10): Chargers still alive in the AFC West race with a 34-7 comp over the Niners, but that home loss to Oakland might be a killer in the end.

12. Colts (8-6) (14): Peyton Manning holds off the Jaguars in a critical AFC South game, but Colts lose wideout Austin Collie to another concussion. This one will end his season.

13. Packers (8-6) (12): Matt Flynn does an excellent job in relief of Aaron Rodgers with three touchdown passes, but confusion on the final drive keeps him from completing the upset of the Pats.

14. Jaguars (8-6) (15): A win over the colts would have secured the division, but Jags can’t pull it off. Jags have never swept a season series against Indy.

15. Buccaneers (8-6) (9): Bucs did NFC playoff contenders a huge favor by losing at home to Detroit in overtime. An absolute killer to their season.

16. Raiders (7-7) (17): Raiders smash the Broncos 39-23 to stay alive – albeit barely – in the AFC West race.

17. Rams (6-8) (18): Looks like the NFC West race will come down to Rams-Seahawks in the final week of the season. Could see first team with a losing record win a division. 

18. Cowboys (5-9) (19): Jason Garrett improves to 4-2 as the interim coach, but it wasn’t easy. Cowboys had a 27-7 lead early in the third and 30-14 at the start of the fourth, but sweated out a 33-30 win over the Redskins.

19. Titans (6-8) (26): Game ball for offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, who is battling cancer. Nice job by Dinger in Tennessee’s 31-17 home win over Houston.

20. Dolphins (7-7) (16): A 15-10 loss to the Bills drops the Dolphins’ home record to 1-6, as their playoff hopes all but vanish.

21. Texans (5-9) (20): No guarantee Gary Kubiak survives yet another disappointing season in Houston.

22. Vikings (5-9) (21): Brett Favre went from being listed as “out” to starting, but didn’t even last the first quarter before leaving with a concussion. That’s likely it for the 20-year veteran, whose 297-game consecutive starts streak ended last week.

23. 49ers (5-9) (22): Ridiculous as it might be, the Niners are still alive for a divisional title. Again, ridiculous.

24. Seahawks (6-8) (23): Seahawks have given up 30 or more points in six of their last eight, including Sunday’s home loss to the Falcons. Even so, they’re still tied with the Rams atop the NFC West.

25. Redskins (5-9) (25): Rex Grossman throws a career high four touchdowns in his first start for the Redskins, but winds up throwing an interception as the Redskins’ comeback bid falls short.

26. Lions (4-10) (28): Lions finally snap a 26-game road losing streak with an overtime win in Tampa.

27. Bills (4-10) (29): Bills play spoiler in Miami, as Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for two TD passes to help Buffalo win for the fourth time in the last six games.

28. Browns (5-9) (24): Looks like Eric Mangini might not be Mike Holmgren’s long-term solution at head coach. Could be Holmgren himself who takes over.

29. Bengals (3-11) (31): Bengals achieve rare win by holding off division rival Cleveland 19-17 at home. Yawn.

30. Cardinals (4-9) (27): After blowout home win over Broncos, Cards follow it up with listless performance against Panthers on the road.

31. Broncos (3-11) (30): Rookie Tim Tebow makes his starting debut and looks sharp early, but Broncos wind up getting routed by Raiders in Oakland.

32. Panthers (2-12) (32): Jimmy Clausen outdoes John Skelton in a battle of rookie quarterbacks, as the woeful Panthers beat the equally woeful Cardinals to stop a seven-game losing streak.

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