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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Looking at NFC South Power Rankings

By Pat Yasinskas

New Orleans’ victory against Atlanta on Monday night came on a huge national stage, but it didn’t seem to make the voters in the ESPN.com Power Rankings blink.

They unanimously kept the Falcons at No. 2, which I think speaks to Atlanta’s overall body of work. Although the victory didn’t put the Saints ahead of the Falcons, New Orleans gained plenty of respect in the eyes of the voters. The Saints jumped from No. 7 all the way to No. 4.

With a home victory against Seattle, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jumped from No. 15 to No. 13, which sounds about right. There was no jump for the Carolina Panthers, who hold onto the No. 32 spot for the seventh straight week.