NFL Top 12 Power Rankings Final Week 17 Edition

The 2011 NFL regular season has come to an end. It was a very quick season after a very long lockout that left the players with very little time to train, condition, and prepare for the upcoming season in early August. Future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts missed the entire season after undergoing his third neck surgery and second of 2011 back in early September. The Colts would go on to finish 2-14 after being 10-6 and winning the AFC South in 2010. The Colts now have the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and can pick quarterback Andrew Luck out of Stanford who is being called the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning left Tennessee in 1998. The question is, do the Colts draft Luck and have him backup Manning, who no one knows if he’ll be the same again, or trade the pick/Luck to a QB hungry team and keep Manning, or draft Luck and trade/cut Manning. Many people believe they will draft Luck but don’t know what they’ll do with Manning.

Now on to the week 17 action, the Giants and Cowboys played a prime time game for the NFC East championship and the Giants came out big 31-14 at home and will host the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday at 1:00pm at Metlife Stadium. The New York Jets lost embarrassingly to the Miami Dolphins in Miami, 19-17 to end their season and after the game was much controversy over star wide out Santonio Holmes being benched in the final two minutes. Many say Holmes gave up in the game and was upset over his non targets and got in a shouting match in the huddle with right tackle Wayne Hunter. The Jets have lots of questions to answer and holes to fill this off-season, that’s for sure. The Bengals lost to the Ravens, but thanks to the Jets, Raiders, and Broncos losing, they still made the playoffs as the 6 seed over Tennessee, who beat Houston, by tiebreaker. The 49ers beat the Rams to get a first round bye over New Orleans, who thrashed the Panthers.

Now it is time for the final edition of the weekly top 12 power rankings. Hope you all enjoy. Thanks to all who have come to the site for the power rankings every week, it is much appreciated.

1.Green Bay Packers (15-1) defeated Detroit Lions 45-41. Last week (1). The Packers finish the season with one of the wildest games of 2011 with Detroit and have the NFC’s #1 seed.

2.New Orleans Saints (13-3) defeated Carolina Panthers 45-17. Last week (2). The Saints thrash Carolina but will host the Lions in the Wild Card round of the playoffs as they are the #3 seed.

3.New England Patriots (13-3) defeated Buffalo Bills 49-21. Last week (3). The Patriots fall behind 21-0, and score 49 unanswered to lock up the #1 seed in the AFC.

4.San Francisco 49ers (13-3) defeated St.Louis Rams 34-27. Last week (4). The 49ers get a first round bye, who predicted that in August?

5.Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) defeated Cleveland Browns 13-9. Last week (5). The Steelers finish 12-4 and only get the #5 seed and a trip to Denver in round one to show for it.

6.Baltimore Ravens (12-4) defeated Cincinnati Bengals 24-16, Last week (6). The Ravens finally get a bye and home playoff game, and have a two out of three shot to get a division rival in the second round.

7.Atlanta Falcons (10-6) defeated Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45-24. Last week (8). The Falcons jump over the Lions for the #5 seed and will go to New York to take on the Giants in round one.

8.New York Giants (9-7) defeated Dallas Cowboys 31-14. Last week (10). The Giants smack around the Cowboys and will host Atlanta in the round one and have already faced Green Bay and San Francisco this season losing barely to both.

9.Detroit Lions (10-6) lost to Green Bay Packers 45-41. Last week (7). The Lions will go to New Orleans in round one for a rematch of their week 13 loss in NOLA, 31-17.

10.Houston Texans (10-6) lost to Tennessee Titans 23-22. Last week (9). The Texans botch a game winning two point conversion and will host Cincinnati in round one n a rematch of their thrilling week 14 win.

11.Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) lost to Baltimore Ravens 24-16. Last week (11). The Bengals lose to the Ravens but get in the playoffs anyway, and go to Houston looking for revenge of their week 14 loss, 20-19.

12.Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) defeated Washington Redskins 34-10. Last week (N/R). The Eagles finish the seasons final four games perfect, but it wasn’t enough to sneak back into the playoffs.

NFC Player Of The Week: Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn – 31 of 44, 480 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT.
HM: Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford – 36 of 59, 520 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs.

AFC Player Of The Week: Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice – 24 carries, 191 yards, 2 TDs.
HM: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady – 23 of 35, 338 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT.

Upset Of The Week: Green Bay Packers defeat Detroit Lions 45-41.
HM: Kansas City Chiefs defeat Denver Broncos 7-3.

Most Exciting Game Of The Week: Green Bay Packers defeat Detroit Lions 45-41.
HM: Tennessee Titans defeat Houston Texans 23-22.

1.New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. Last week (1).
2.Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Last week (2).
3.New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Last week (3).

Defensive Player Of The Year:
1.Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen. Last week (1).
2.New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Last week (3).
3.New York Jets CB Darrell Revis. Last week (2).

Rookie Of The Year:
1.Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. Last week (1).
2.San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith. Last week (2).
3.Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson. Last week (3).

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