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NFL Divisional Round Power Rankings

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Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) cannot catch a pass against Houston Texans strong safety Corey Moore (43) in the second half in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) cannot catch a pass against Houston Texans strong safety Corey Moore (43) in the second half in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The stakes are getting higher and higher with every win, and with only a couple games away from crowing the next Super Bowl Champion, it is all going to come down to who can finish in big situations. So far, the Packers have shown that they are never out and can win almost anywhere. The Patriots have everything clicking for them, and if Dion Lewis can stay in this form, then the Lombardi Trophy should be making its way back to New England. The Steelers got into a little bit of trouble early on, but they kicked their way to a Championship appearance, and Atlanta’s high powered offense is showing that nothing can stand in their way. Next week is sure to give us some of the best football we’ve seen this year, so let’s hope we are ready for the outcomes.

4.     dcy03myfhffbki5d7il3     Green Bay Packers

Last Result: W 34-31 @ Dallas

Just when Packer fans thought that Aaron Rodgers was being wasted in Green Bay, he goes and does something spectacular like win on the road against arguably the best team in the NFL. Rodgers and Jared Cook combined for one of the most memorable catches in post season history; one that will go down with the likes of Santonio Holmes in the back of the end zone or the David Tyree jump ball. Mason Crosby showed us that he has ice in his veins, hitting three field goals over 50 yards in the final minutes to give the Packers the win. Don’t take anything away from the Cowboys though, this was just two teams going at it for 48 minutes, but one team had to win. If Jordy Nelson can make a comeback this week, it would bring a much needed lift to this receiving core, but fractured ribs are tough to recover from in only a couple weeks and brings the risk of re-injuring himself and setting back his recovery even more.

3.    970    Pittsburgh Steelers

Last Result: W 18-16 @ Kansas City

The Steelers have faced their fair share of adversity this year and this game was no different. Neither Big Ben, nor Antonio Brown or even Le’Veon Bell were able to find the end zone, but luckily Chris Boswell was able to put up an NFL post-season high of six field goals in a game. The Pittsburgh defense held tight for the majority when on the field and were able to keep Tyreke Hill from becoming the playmaker that we saw the past few weeks. The Steelers have their toughest test of the year when they go to New England in January to play a red hot Patriots team.

2.     299    Atlanta Falcons

Last Result: W 36-20 v Seattle

The Falcons had this game from the first time they got the ball until the last kneel down. Yes, Seattle scored on their first possession, but the Atlanta offense is just too high powered to be stopped right now. Seattle couldn’t touch Matt Ryan all game and it allowed for him to have another typical 300 yard and three touchdown game that we have come to expect from him this year. The run game destroyed the Seahawks as Falcon running backs accounted for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons will stay at home as Aaron Rodgers comes to town this weekend.

1.     y71myf8mlwlk8lbgagh3fd5e0    New England Patriots

Last Result: W 34-16 v Houston

Tom Brady didn’t look as perfect as we normally see him, throwing two interceptions this game, while only throwing two all regular season. Dion Lewis was the star of the afternoon, accounting for a rush touchdown, a receiving touchdown and the Patriots first ever post-season kick off touchdown. The Patriots will face off against the Steelers this week as two veteran quarterbacks try to lead their teams to one last Super Bowl.