NFL end of season Power Rankings


New Years Day or not, ESPN.com is motoring ahead with its final Power Rankings of the 2012 regular season. Let's catch a final glimpse of the NFC North's standings:

6. Green Bay Packers

Trending: Down two after a 37-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Comment: The Packers are the NFC's No. 3 playoff seed but finish the regular season fourth among NFC teams in the power rankings.

12. Minnesota Vikings

Trending: No change after a 37-34 victory over the Packers.

Comment: NFC West blogger Mike Sando had the Vikings No. 10 on his ballot, but the rest of the committee agreed on No. 12.

13. Chicago Bears

Trending: No change after a 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Comment: The Bears were 10-6 but missed the playoffs because of tiebreakers. Their power rankings position makes sense.

28. Detroit Lions

Trending: No change after a 26-24 loss to the Bears.

Comment: The Lions have the No. 5 position in the 2013 draft and are fifth from the bottom of the power rankings. Synergy!