2010 NFL Power Rankings: Week 18

Updated: January 4, 2011, 2:35 PM ET

The New England Patriots end the 2010 season as the clear-cut champions of ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings.

The 14-2 Patriots were the unanimous No. 1 pick of our experts, who also were unified in selecting the Atlanta Falcons second. Two AFC North titans, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, finished Nos. 3 and 4, and the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints round out the top 5.

The Saints visit the No. 19 Seattle Seahawks to kick off the wild-card playoffs Saturday. The No. 8 New York Jets visit the No. 10 Indianapolis Colts in the Saturday nightcap. On Sunday, the Ravens visit the No. 11 Kansas City Chiefs. Later, the No. 9 Green Bay Packers visit the No. 7 Philadelphia Eagles.

The 7-9 Seahawks vaulted from a No. 26 ranking in Week 17.

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Editor's note: "LW" indicates each team's ranking in the Week 17 edition of the 2010 Power Rankings.


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