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Giants stand tall when it counts to head up final 2011 Power Poll

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This week, we bring you the final NFL.com Power Poll of the 2011 season. No surprises at the top, where the New York Giants are the cream of the crop and the New England Patriots are runners-up.

That much was unanimous.

But the real debate begins at No. 3, where -- based on their remarkable 15-1 regular season -- the Green Bay Packers edged out two teams that advanced further in the postseason, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.

The Giants made the biggest jump in the rankings: In the previous Power Poll, taken just after the regular season concluded, the Giants were No. 7. Conversely, the New Orleans Saints dropped from No. 2 to No. 6.

At the bottom, the Indianapolis Colts took the "honors," with the St. Louis Rams finishing an inglorious 31st. The Colts also claimed the most last-place votes, with five to the Rams' three. Those teams tied for the NFL's worst record at 2-14, and barring a trade will pick No. 1 and No. 2 in April's NFL Draft.

One panelist, however, voted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the NFL's worst team in 2011. The Bucs finished 4-12, but lost their final 10 games.

Disagree with NFL.com's final Power Poll of the 2011 season? Take a shot at ranking all 32 teams right here.

 


 

NFL.com Power Poll

Teams ranked Nos. 1 through 32, as voted on by a panel of nine NFL.com and NFL Network experts. Total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote.
Rank
Previous
Team
W-L
First-place votes
Last-place votes
Points
1
7
New York Giants
13-7
9
-
288
2
3
New England Patriots
15-4
-
-
279
3
1
Green Bay Packers
15-2
-
-
263
4
4t
San Francisco 49ers
14-4
-
-
259
5
4t
Baltimore Ravens
13-5
-
-
254
6
2
New Orleans Saints
14-4
-
-
249
7
6
Pittsburgh Steelers
12-5
-
-
226
8
11
Houston Texans
11-7
-
-
223
9
9
Detroit Lions
10-7
-
-
219
10
8
Atlanta Falcons
10-7
-
-
206
11
10
Cincinnati Bengals
9-8
-
-
198
12
13
Denver Broncos
9-9
-
-
195
13
12
Philadelphia Eagles
8-8
-
-
172
14
14
Dallas Cowboys
8-8
-
-
171
15
16
Tennessee Titans
9-7
-
-
155
16
15
San Diego Chargers
8-8
-
-
142
17
20
New York Jets
8-8
-
-
141
18
17t
Oakland Raiders
8-8
-
-
137
19
17t
Arizona Cardinals
8-8
-
-
124
20
21
Seattle Seahawks
7-9
-
-
121
21
24
Chicago Bears
8-8
-
-
115
22
22
Kansas City Chiefs
7-9
-
-
95
23
19
Miami Dolphins
6-10
-
-
93
24
23
Carolina Panthers
6-10
-
-
89
25
25
Buffalo Bills
6-10
-
-
75
26
26t
Washington Redskins
5-11
-
-
63
27
26t
Jacksonville Jaguars
5-11
-
-
58
28
29
Cleveland Browns
4-12
-
-
48
29
30
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4-12
-
1
33
30
28
Minnesota Vikings
3-13
-
-
31
31
31
St. Louis Rams
2-14
-
3
17
32
32
Indianapolis Colts
2-14
-
5
13


 

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