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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 1 Seattle Seahawks

By Terry Blount

A weekly examination of the Seahawks' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 1 | Last Week: 1 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Seahawks retained their top spot in the final ESPN.com power rankings of the season. Now we find out if they deserve it.

Seattle ended the regular season 13-3 with the convincing 27-9 victory over the St. Louis Rams Sunday. The Seahawks earned the NFC West title, along with a first-round bye in the playoffs and home-field advantage.

That’s the good news. The bad news is two of the three possible playoff opponents for Seattle next week rank in the top six in the power rankings. The San Francisco 49ers (12-4) are fourth and the New Orleans Saints (11-5) rank sixth.

Green Bay, the other possible opponent for the Seahawks, ranks 13th with an 8-7-1 record. The Packers play host to the 49ers in a first-round playoff game Sunday.