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Historical NFL power ratings at FootballLOCKS.com payed close attention to strength of opponents played without over-crediting the last game played (that was too fresh on the mind of many writers); all in a quest to deliver you with a weekly NFL power ranking that reflected the power of each team, and not just their record. For a team to crack the top 10 in FootballLOCKS.com's NFL football rankings, they had to earn it with more than a single crushing of a bottom ranked squad-- as you'll discover when reading through the archives.

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NFL Playoff Power Rankings After 2009 Divisional Playoffs
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NFL Playoff Power Ratings - 1/15/2009

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Rank

NFL Team

Record

Comments January 15, 2009

1/7

Eagles

11-6-1

The Eagles continued their incredible run by winning their 2nd game at Giants stadium this season. If that doesn't make Philly #1, consider they also dominated the Steelers this season. And they crushed the Cardinals on Thanksgiving night-- who they'll now face in Arizona in the NFC Championship game. Whether or not the Eagles make the Super Bowl remains to be seen. But Philadelphia vaults into the top spot this week.

2/2

Titans

13-4

Tennessee coulda, shoulda beat the Ravens in their home divisional playoff game by 3 scores. The Titans dominated in yards and almost turned up a few defensive scores. But somehow things just went wrong for the Titans on several occasions at the worst possible moment, including a no call of what should have been a delay of game penalty on Baltimore's winning drive, and the Titans fell in heartbreaking fashion.

3/1


Giants

12-5

The defending champs might have been better off playing on the road this postseason as they did last postseason. The Giants fell in the divisional playoffs to Philadelphia. It was their second home loss to the Eagles this season.

4/4

Steelers

13-4

Willie Parker had a huge day against the Chargers, and the Steelers' rushing defense was impenetrable as Pittsburgh earned yet another trip to the AFC Championship game, this time as host to the Ravens.

5/6

Ravens

13-5

They say it's better to be lucky than good. The Ravens are plenty good. But they were also very lucky to have won their divisional playoff game at Tennessee, as they were dramatically out-yarded by the Titans. If you factor out Baltimore's two big pass plays, they hardly had any yards at all... None the less, the Ravens will take their strong defense to Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship game.

6/9

Cardinals

11-7

The Cardinal defense picked off Delhomme 5 times and Larry Fitzgerald put on a show as the Cardinals went into Carolina and crushed the Panthers in the divisional playoffs. Arizona will host the Eagles in the NFC Championship game where they hope to get a little revenge for being routed at Philly Thanksgiving night.

7/3

Panthers

12-5

The bye week clearly did the Panthers more harm than good as Arizona came to town and stole the show from the Panthers in the divisional playoffs no thanks to Delhomme's endless supply of turnovers.

8/8

Chargers

9-9

San Diego couldn't get their rushing game going with Sproles at Pittsburgh in the divisional playoffs. Nor could they get their run defense into gear... Not a good recipe for winning playoffs games, especially on the road in Pittsburgh.

= Playoff Adjusted Record.


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