NFL Power Rankings Week 17

1. New Orleans Saints (13-2)

Last Week: 1

The NFC postseason runs through New Orleans as the Saints rallied late to beat the Steelers 31-28 and secure the No. 1 seed. Michael Thomas was the star for the Saints, corralling 11 receptions for 109 yards and the game-winning TD.

The Saints' defense struggled for the first three quarters, but came up with two fourth-quarter turnovers and stopped the Steelers on a fake punt attempt.

With the victory, Drew Brees and Sean Payton have now logged the second-most wins by a QB and head coach duo in league history.

2. Chicago Bears (11-4)

Last Week: 4

The Bears' red zone defense was the story in their narrow 14-9 victory over host San Francisco. The 49ers failed to score a TD in the red zone, despite three trips inside the Bears' 15-yard line.

The NFC North champions will likely be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. They would need a victory in Minnesota in Week 17 AND the Rams to lose at home to the lowly 49ers—which is unlikely—to move up to No. 2.

3. Los Angeles Rams (12-3)

Last Week: 5

Todd Gurley was inactive, but CJ Anderson—who signed with the Rams on Tuesday—stepped in and carried 20 times for 167 yards with a touchdown against the woebegone Cardinals.

Aaron Donald mustered three sacks to increase his season total to 19.5, already a record amount for a defensive tackle.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

Last Week: 3

Despite losing to the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, the Chiefs are in great position to lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. A win over the last-place Raiders gives them the top seed in the conference.

MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes played well in the defeat, throwing for 273 yards and three touchdowns.

The Chiefs' defense let them down again, giving up 464 yards.

Defensive tackle Chris Jones set an NFL record with a sack for the 11th consecutive game.

5. Los Angeles Chargers (11-4)

Last Week: 2

Philip Rivers threw for just 181 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Chargers' disheartening loss to the Ravens—ending a 26-game streak with at least one TD pass.

6. New England Patriots (10-5)

Last Week: 7

The Patriots clinched the AFC East, becoming the first franchise in NFL history to win 10 consecutive division titles. The Patriots have won the AFC East in 16 of the past 18 seasons.

Struggling to pass the ball against Buffalo, the Patriots relied on their formidable ground attack. They accumulated 216 rushing yards, led by Sony Michel's 116 yards. Michel had a TD, as did James White, who posted 41 rushing yards. Cordarrelle Patterson gained 66 yards on the ground, but left the game early with a knee injury. With Josh Gordon out of the picture, the Patriots need Patterson's versatility more than ever on offense.

Now in the drivers seat for the No. 2 seed following Houston's loss to Philadelphia, the Patriots can clinch their ninth consecutive bye with a win at home versus the Jets.

7. Houston Texans (10-5)

Last Week: 6

The Texans gave up 519 yards of total offense in their crushing loss to the Eagles. Houston dropped to the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture with the defeat. To compound matters, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas suffered a season-ending torn Achilles.

Houston must beat Jacksonville in Week 17 to secure the AFC South title.

8. Baltimore Ravens (9-6)

Last Week: 10

The Ravens are 5-1 with Lamar Jackson as the starting QB, but it was their defense that propelled them to an upset victory over the Chargers. They intercepted Rivers twice, sacked him four times and linebacker Patrick Onwuasor forced a fumble of Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, which was scooped up and returned 62 yards for a clinching touchdown by safety Tavon Young.

Onwuasor had eight tackles, two sacks and the crucial forced fumble in the 22-10 win. Baltimore held Los Angeles to 198 yards of total offense.

Jackson had his first 200-yard passing game (204 passing yards, 39 rushing yards) in the NFL and completed his longest TD pass of his short career on a 68-yard score to tight end Mark Andrews.

The Ravens now lead the AFC North and can clinch the division with a victory over the surging Browns in Week 17.

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are playing their best football at the perfect time of the year.
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are playing their best football at the perfect time of the year.

9. Seattle Seahawks (9-6)

Last Week: 11

Russell Wilson played incredible on Sunday night, throwing for 271 yards and three touchdowns with 57 rushing yards to clinch a playoff berth for the Seahawks.

Seattle totaled 216 rushing yards, led by Chris Carson, who logged 116 yards and two TDs.

The Seahawks can clinch the No. 5 seed in the playoffs—and a trip to Dallas for Wild-Card weekend—with a win at home against the Cardinals, the worst team in football.

10. Indianapolis Colts (9-6)

Last Week: 9

Andrew Luck and the Colts dug themselves a 14-0 hole to the Giants, but rallied for a 28-27 victory. Chester Rogers caught the game-winning score from Luck with 55 seconds remaining to keep the Colts' playoff hopes alive. T.Y. Hilton caught seven passes for 138 yards.

The Colts play at Tennessee in Week 17 on Sunday Night Football, with the winner advancing to the postseason.

11. Dallas Cowboys (9-6)

Last Week: 12

By defeating the Bucs, the Cowboys won their second division title in three seasons under the QB-RB duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys' defense forced two Jameis Winston fumbles, one of which Jaylon Smith returned 69 yards for a touchdown.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1)

Last Week: 8

The Steelers lost two fumbles over the game's final 10 minutes. JuJu Smith-Schuster lost the second fumble with 32 seconds remaining with the Steelers down by only three.

Head coach Mike Tomlin opted for an ill-advised fake punt from Pittsburgh's own 42-yard line while leading 28-24. Roosevelt Nix thought he successfully converted the fourth-down try, but came up a yard short.

Antonio Brown had 14 catches for 185 yards and two TDs in the loss.

13. Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1)

Last Week: 13

The Vikings were down 9-0 early, but scored two touchdowns in the final 1:32 of the first half. Kirk Cousins threw an 8-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs to make it a 9-7 deficit. On the next possession, he connected on a 44-yard Hail Mary pass to Kyle Rudolph on the final play of the half.

The Vikings can clinch their second consecutive playoff appearance with a win at home versus the Bears.

14. Tennessee Titans (9-6)

Last Week: 14

Blaine Gabbert played well in relief of Marcus Mariota—who left in the second quarter with an elbow injury—completing seven of 11 passes for 101 yards and the go-ahead TD to MyCole Pruitt.

Derrick Henry scored his seventh rushing touchdown in the past three games.

Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass as time expired and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.

This was the seventh time in Mariota's career in which he left a contest with an injury and failed to return to action, but Saturday marked Tennessee's first victory in such occasions. He is questionable for next week's all-important home tilt versus Indianapolis.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)

Last Week: 15

Nick Foles set an Eagles franchise record with 471 yards passing, tossing four touchdowns in a thrilling 32-30 victory. The Eagles went 4-for-4 on fourth-down attempts.

Zach Ertz caught 12 passes—breaking the NFL record for single-season receptions (113) among tight ends, previously held by Jason Witten, who had 110 catches in 2012. Ertz had two TD receptions, while Darren Sproles and Nelson Agholor had one TD catch apiece.

Jake Elliott hit the winning field goal from 35 yards out as time expired.

The Eagles need a win at Washington AND the Vikings to lose versus Chicago to grab the final wild-card spot and a chance at defending their title.

Rest of the Pack

16. Cleveland Browns (7-7-1)

17. Washington Redskins (7-8)

18. Green Bay Packers (6-8-1)

19. Miami Dolphins (7-8)

20. Denver Broncos (6-9)

21. Atlanta Falcons (6-9)

22. Carolina Panthers (6-9)

23. Cincinnati Bengals (6-9)

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-10)

25. New York Giants (5-10)

26. Buffalo Bills (5-10)

27. Detroit Lions (5-10)

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10)

29. San Francisco 49ers (4-11)

30. New York Jets (4-11)

31. Oakland Raiders (4-11)

32. Arizona Cardinals (3-12)