49ers finish in top 3, Raiders in bottom 3

January 2, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Now that the regular season has come to a close, Paul Gutierrez has his final NFL Power Rankings. Do you agree with his order of finish...?

1 (1) Denver Broncos (13-3) Remember when the Broncos were 2-3? Neither do we.
2 (3)  Seattle Seahawks (11-5) The last time the Seahawks won a road playoff game? Try Dec. 31, 1983, at Miami, where they knocked out some rookie named Dan Marino.
3 (4) 49ers (11-4-1) It's all set up again for the Niners to play host to the NFC title game.
4 (6) New England Patriots (12-4) Can you feel it, an old-fashioned AFC title game shootout between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning?
5 (2) Atlanta Falcons (13-3) Paper Falcons?
6 (5) Green Bay Packers (11-5) Amazing how one blown call by replacement refs can alter the playoff landscape.
7 (9) Minnesota Vikings (10-6) Adrian Peterson competing with Peyton Manning for MVP, offensive player and comeback player of year awards.
8 (10) Indianapolis Colts (11-5) Chuck Pagano's inspirational story hits the road to Colts' ancestral home in Baltimore.
9 (11) Washington (10-6) Remember when Mike Shanahan gave up on the season? Neither does RG III.
10 (7) Houston Texans (12-4) Paper Texans?
11 (12) Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) Andy Dalton gets the pub, the defense gets the job done.
12 (8) Baltimore Ravens (10-6) Poetic justice that Baltimore plays host to Colts in playoffs, right?
13 (15) Chicago Bears (10-6) Fact: the Bears had only been to the postseason once in past six years. Adios, Lovie Smith.
14 (16) New York Giants (9-7) The Giants have appeared in five Super Bowls, and have now missed playoffs four times in successive seasons.
15 (13) Dallas Cowboys (8-8) Tony Romo can’t survive this, can he?
16 (14) St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) Rams on pace to be next year's Seahawks.
17 (19) Carolina Panthers (7-9) Will Ron Rivera get the chance to get Panthers off to a fast start, rather than a fast finish?
18 (20) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) Yes, the Steelers finished with the league's top-ranked defense…and out of the postseason.
19 (17) New Orleans Saints (7-9) More shameful -- Bountygate, or losing at home to the Chiefs?
20 (18) Miami Dolphins (7-9) The epitome of vanilla…in aqua, of course.
21 (21) San Diego Chargers (7-9) Yes, Norv Turner was absolutely beaming as he walked out of Qualcomm Stadium.
22 (22) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) Doug Martin showed he was legit and that's good enough…for now.
23 (23) Tennessee Titans (6-10) Mike Munchak is safe…for now.
24 (26) Buffalo Bills (7-9) Chan Gailey seemed to have Bills on right track, alas…
25 (24) New York Jets (6-10) The G.M is canned but the coach remains? You could say next G.M. has to answer to Rex Ryan. Good luck with that.
26 (25) Cleveland Browns (5-11) Next coach will be seventh since franchise was resurrected in 1999.
27 (27) Arizona Cardinals (5-11) Andy Reid? Get your Buddy Ryan 2.0 comparisons ready. 
28 (28) Philadelphia Eagles (4-12) How cheaply could Nnamdi Asomugha be had in a trade?
29 (29) Detroit Lions (4-12) When bullies get their comeuppance…or somesuch.
30 (30) Raiders (4-12) Hindsight always 20/20 but Dennis Allen should have left both the offense and special teams alone. Firings of Greg Knapp and Steve Hoffman prove this.
31 (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) How soon before Tim Tebow is donning teal?
32 (32) Kansas City Chiefs (2-14) And the Chiefs had five Pro Bowlers how, exactly?