NFL Championship Sunday Power Rankings

That was a crazy finish to the Divisional Round. One of the most fabulous finishes for a football game in history. If you haven’t seen it yet, the video is below.

If that doesn’t get you excited for the rest of playoffs, I don’t know what will. Well, maybe the NFL Championship Sunday Power Rankings that are below. – Matthew Jones

1. New England Patriots (14-3)

Points: 96

  • Once again, it is shown that New England is the cream of the AFC crop, quickly dispatching a Titans squad that looked like it didn’t belong based on their performance Saturday. And facing an inexperienced Jaguars squad, this could be a dream AFC championship matchup for the craft Bill Belichick, who won’t underestimate them the way Pittsburgh did. – Jason Walker
  • Tom Brady is a great playoff quarterback. He is a tremendous all-around quarterback. He now has the ten games where he’s thrown for three or more touchdowns in the postseason. But would things be different if he wasn’t in New England? – Matthew Jones

2. Minnesota Vikings (14-3)

Points: 92

  • Time and time again, Case Keenum and the Vikings prove their doubters wrong. And this time they did it in the most exciting fashion I have seen in years. But can they do it again to earn a home game in the Super Bowl? – Jason Walker
  • It was the only fourth-quarter walk-off touchdown in postseason history. You can’t tell me that doesn’t make that play won’t be in your mind forever. – Matthew Jones

3. Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)

Points: 89

  • No one expected them to be here. And that alone earns them a lot of credit. The team has carried the lead-footed Nick Foles this far. But the Eagles will genuinely have to fly if they want a shot at scoring enough points against the Vikings’ defense. – Jason Walker
  • The Eagles just held one of the most exciting offenses—with an elite quarterback, the best WR in the NFC, and a reliant running game— to just ten total points, none of which came in the second half. Oh, and by the way, this team was the NFC champion from last season. America continues to sleep on this team. The Vikings are very beatable, especially in the raucous confines of the Linc. – Joe Morris

4. Jacksonville Jaguars (12-6)

Points: 88

  • The Jaguars managed to out-do a team that underestimated them and was looking forward to a potential rematch. New England will do no such thing. The AFC Championship Game will easily be the hardest game Jacksonville has played this year. But so far this season they’ve proven to be up to the task in hard situations. – Jason Walker

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-4)

Points: 84

“We can play them in hell, we can play them in Haiti, we can play them in New England… We are going to win.” – Mike Mitchell on a potential rematch with the Patriots

  • Poor discipline in the locker-room and on the field is what separates the Steelers and their seventh franchise Super Bowl. Looking past a sneaky-good Jaguars team proved to be a season-killing mistake. Will they ever learn? – Jason Walker
  • I bet Mike feels like an idiot now. What was he thinking in regards to mentioning Haiti too after what Trump had said? – Matthew Jones

6. New Orleans Saints (12-6)

Points: 82

  • The Saints were one of the favorites of experts and talking heads to make it to the Super Bowl (I picked them to make it myself). But apparently, having a great QB and doesn’t mean as much this year as in years past. But with the so many young contributors on offense and defense returning to the team, it only makes sense that New Orleans will come back even stronger next year. – Jason Walker

7. Atlanta Falcons (11-7)

Points: 78

  • The Falcons did well to overcome the off-the-field noise in the offseason to not only make it back to the playoffs but get to the Divisional Round. Right now, it looks like they can establish themselves as a perennial playoff contender. – Jason Walker

8. Los Angeles Rams (11-6)

Points: 73

  • WR Sammy Watkins, LB Connor Barwin, and CB Trumaine Johnson are LA’s notable free agents, so the Rams still have most of their talent from this season under contract for next season and beyond. This team has a high upside, and HC Sean McVay will look to improve upon their NFL-best offense next season. – Joe Morris

9. Carolina Panthers (11-6)

Points: 72

  • The Panthers added Norv Turner as the new OC, Dale Earnhardt Jr has expressed interest in owning the team, and LB Thomas Davis has announced 2018 will be his final season. It’s already been a busy season for Carolina, and it may only get more chaotic. – Joe Morris

10. Tennessee Titans (10-8)

Points: 71

  • It’s a bit of a head-scratcher as to why the Titans would fire Mike Mularkey after getting the team into the Divisional round after just three seasons. Most of the best coaches have been picked over, so there’s no guarantee they’ll find a better replacement. – Joe Morris
  • Marcus Mariota played through a quad injury in their Divisional Round game versus the Patriots. I’m not sure if that’s more on Mariota being tough or Mike Mularkey and his staff being foolish and greedy. – Matthew Jones

That’ll do it for the NFL Championship Sunday Power Rankings. What did you think of the list this week? Where would you rank these teams? Be sure to tell us all about it and more in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.

Next week, on the NFL Super Bowl 52 Power Rankings, we will be ranking teams 1-5.

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Jason Walker

Jason is an avid sports fan whose favorite sport varies depending on what time of the year it is. He has played nearly every sport there is to play and has loved every single one. He grew up in Kaysville, UT and is a die-hard fan of the Utah Jazz and the New England Patriots. He is currently studying journalism at Utah State University. Follow him on twitter @thejwalk67

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