NFL power rankings for 2014 head into the postseason. ESPN has released updated power rankings for the 2014 NFL Playoffs, giving fans a look at how the teams stack up heading into wild card weekend. According to the report from ESPN on Tuesday (Dec. 31), Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are at the top of the mountain. The experts kept them there after a convincing Week 17 win over the St. Louis Rams. They also kept the Denver Broncos in the second slot after the team clinched the AFC No. 1 seed.
The 12-4 Carolina Panthers are at No. 3 on the list and then the 12-4 San Francisco 49ers come in at No. 4. This is an interesting selection, as the 49ers are the fifth seed in the NFC due to the way the West title played out. Then the 12-4 New England Patriots are in the No. 5 slot, taking care of the top two seeds in each conference as the first playoff games get closer. Not all the teams ranked in the top 12 are in the postseason, though, as the Arizona Cardinals were placed at No. 9. They finished the season at 10-6, but couldn't beat out San Francisco or the New Orleans Saints for a wild card slot.
Filling out the rest of the top 10 in the latest 2014 NFL power rankings are the 11-5 Saints, 11-5 Cincinnati Bengals, 11-5 Indianapolis Colts, and 11-5 Kansas City Chiefs (in that order). It would be hard for many fans to argue with how the voters seeded the teams this week, with the exception of Denver or Seattle being No. 1. The other three playoff teams come in ranked 11th through 13th in this poll. In order, they are the 10-6 Philadelphia Eagles, 9-7 San Diego Chargers, and 8-7-1 Green Bay Packers.
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