NFL Power Rankings: Playoff Teams Ranked, Giants Rise To No. 2

Ranking the NFL playoff teams now that we are down to the final four.

  • Live
3 Total Updates since January 9, 2012
  • Important 2
  • Updates 1
  • Articles 2
  • All Updates 3

NFL Power Rankings, Championship Week Edition: Giants Rise To No. 2

Now that we know who the four finalists for the right to go to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 are, let’s look at the NFL Power Rankings for this week. These are ‘playoff edition’ rankings, using only the 12 teams who qualified for the playoffs.


Related: SB Nation Ranks The Remaining Teams


1. New England Patriots, 14-3 (AFC No. 1 seed): The absolute beatdown the Patriots gave the overmatched Denver Broncos was scary. Six Tom Brady touchdown passes and a solid defensive effort, albeit against Tom Tebow.

2. New York Giants, 11-7 (NFC No. 4 seed): Yes, they have the most losses of any of the four teams remaining. No team left in the tournament has played better than the Giants the last four weeks. SI’s Peter King says the Giants are “Big, Big Trouble For Anyone Right Now,” and he might be right.

3. San Francisco 49ers, 14-3 (NFC No. 2 seed): No disrespect meant to the 49ers by putting them behind the Giants. I could easily have put them as a tie for No. 2 as San Francisco is also coming off a dramatic victory over the New Orleans Saints. Alex Smith has proven he is a real NFL quarterack, but Eli Manning still gives the Giants an edge.

4. Baltimore Ravens, 13-4 (AFC No. 2 seed):
Quarterback Joe Flacco whined last week that he didn’t get enough credit. Well, he can keep whining. Right now the Ravens are a clear No. 4 among the teams remaining. No way Baltimore should have struggled so mightily to defeat a Houston team quarterbacked by T.J. Yates.


Related: Peter King's Fine Fifteen


Now for the rest of the rankings:

No. 5: Green Bay Packers
No. 6: New Orleans Saints
No. 7: Houston Texans
No. 8: Denver Broncos
No. 9: Detroit Lions
No. 10: Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 11: Atlanta Falcons
No. 12: Cincinnati Bengals

Continue

NFL Power Rankings, Playoffs Edition: Giants No. 4, Denver Broncos Get Grudging Respect

This week's look at the power rankings for teams who reached the NFL playoffs.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.