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

This week, we bring you the final 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.

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