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NFL Power Rankings, Week 17: Jets, Giants Both Stumble

The New York Jets and New York Giants both went backwards in the SB Nation Week 17 NFL Power Rankings, which were released Wednesday afternoon. The Jets fell from No. 5 to No. 8 after a 38-34 loss to the Chicago Bears. The Giants fell from No. 10 to No. 12 after being embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers, 45-17.

For the Jets, the ranking and the loss are really unimportant. They qualified for the AFC playoffs anyway, thanks to a loss by Jacksonville on Sunday. The loss by the Giants was much more devastating as it puts them in a situation where they must win Sunday against Washington and hope Green Bay loses to Chicago in order to qualify for the playoffs.

New England remains No. 1 in the weekly rankings, as has been the case for several weeks now. New Orleans jumped all the way from No. 7 to No. 2 after a 14-10 victory Monday night in Atlanta.

Rounding out the top five are No. 3 Baltimore, No. 4 Pittsburgh and No. 5 Atlanta.