Updated: December 31, 2013, 3:04 PM ET

2013 NFL Power Rankings: Week 18


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Hoping for one last shake-up? Well, it wasn't meant to be.

The Seahawks held serve in Week 17 with a home victory over St. Louis, securing the No. 1 spot in the final 2013 edition of ESPN.com's Power Rankings.

With little to discuss in terms of movement, let's shift our focus to the wild-card playoffs. Who among the teams playing this weekend appears best equipped to make a deep run?

Our voters (John Clayton, Ashley Fox, Dan Graziano, Jamison Hensley, Mike Sando and Kevin Seifert) have the most faith in San Francisco, which is No. 4 for the second straight week. The Saints are No. 6, followed by the Bengals (No. 7), Colts (No. 8), Chiefs (No. 10), Eagles (No. 11), Chargers (No. 12) and Packers (No. 13).

Of course, these rankings aren't always a harbinger. Last season, the eventual Super Bowl champion Ravens were No. 10 here after Week 17. In 2011, the Giants were No. 9 before winning it all.

So don't be too disappointed there wasn't upheaval to the end. The real wildness might be just beginning.

Note: The comments below are provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

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Rk(LW)TeamRec
1(1)
Seattle
13-3-0
Russell Wilson is pretty good. His 52 touchdown passes are tied with Peyton Manning for second most by a quarterback in his first two seasons. The leader? Dan Marino (68).
2(2)
Denver
13-3-0
The Broncos' 606 points topped the 2007 Patriots by 17. The Broncos scored only 68 points when up by at least 17, though, half of the 2007 Pats' total.
3(3)
Carolina
12-4-0
The Panthers sacked opposing quarterbacks an NFL-high 60 times this season. Sixteen players combined on those sacks, also most in the NFL.
4(4)
San Francisco
12-4-0
Colin Kaepernick's 21 touchdown passes ranked 17th in the NFL, but it was the first 20-touchdown season for a 49ers quarterback since Jeff Garcia in 2002.
5(5)
New England
12-4-0
The Patriots responded to a Week 15 loss by putting up 41 and 34 points, their second- and third-highest point totals of the season.
6(6)
New Orleans
11-5-0
As the No. 6 seed, New Orleans would have to win three straight road games to make the Super Bowl. The Saints went 3-5 on the road this season (8-0 at home).
7(7)
Cincinnati
11-5-0
Turnovers could decide Cincinnati's postseason fate. The Bengals have committed 30, most of any playoff team, but have forced 31, third most in the NFL.
8(8)
Indianapolis
11-5-0
The Colts won 11 games for the second straight season, but are in a better position to compete this year. Indianapolis committed a league-low 14 turnovers.
9(9)
Arizona
10-6-0
Ten wins and no playoffs is a tough one to swallow. The 2012 Bears, 2010 Giants and 2010 Buccaneers suffered similar fates in the crowded NFC.
10(10)
Kansas City
11-5-0
The Chiefs lost five of seven to end the season after starting 9-0. The defense allowed 15.4 more points per game over the last seven games.
11(11)
Philadelphia
10-6-0
How good is the Eagles offense? Philly scored an NFL-high 266 points and committed an NFL-low five turnovers after Nick Foles reclaimed the starting job in Week 9.
12(12)
San Diego
9-7-0
Who are the Chargers? San Diego went 5-2 against teams that finished with a winning record, and 4-5 against teams that finished .500 or worse.
13(17)
Green Bay
8-7-1
The Packers went 6-2 when Aaron Rodgers started and finished a game this season. The Pack went 2-5-1 when backups had to play the bulk of the game.
14(18)
Pittsburgh
8-8-0
An 0-4 start doomed Pittsburgh this season, but finishing 8-8 makes it 10 straight seasons without a losing record for the Steelers, the second-longest streak in NFL (Patriots).
15(13)
Chicago
8-8-0
You don't hear this often, but the Bears need to improve on defense. The 478 points allowed by Chicago this season were the most in franchise history.
16(14)
Baltimore
8-8-0
Joe Flacco will take heat for his play following that big contract, but Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce finished with two of the four worst rushing averages.
17(15)
Dallas
8-8-0
Mediocrity reigns supreme in Dallas. The Cowboys finished 8-8 for a third straight season and are now 136-136 since 1997.
18(16)
Miami
8-8-0
Needing wins in Week 16 and 17, the Dolphins mustered up a grand total of seven points.
19(22)
NY Jets
8-8-0
Give Rex Ryan credit. The Jets have gone 42-38 in Ryan's tenure despite posting the fourth-worst Total QBR (36.1) in that span.
20(19)
St. Louis
7-9-0
Decision time for St. Louis. The Rams will pick second, but will they stick with Sam Bradford? Bradford's career 40.7 Total QBR ranks 29th since 2010.
21(20)
Detroit
7-9-0
The Jim Schwartz era is over. The Lions went 1-6 in the last seven games of the season, and in each game the team had a lead in the fourth quarter.
22(21)
Tennessee
7-9-0
Chris Johnson: 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. He joins Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon as only players to do so.
23(24)
NY Giants
7-9-0
It wasn't a great season for the Giants, but it could have been worse. They were the second team in NFL history to win at least seven games following an 0-6 start (Elias).
24(25)
Minnesota
5-10-1
Leslie Frazier is gone, but the Vikings still need a quarterback and a defense. Minnesota has had the worst Total QBR allowed since 2011 (67.4).
25(23)
Buffalo
6-10-0
If EJ Manuel can stay healthy, the Bills could compete next season. The defense finished top five in sacks, interceptions, opponent completion percentage and opponent Total QBR.
26(27)
Atlanta
4-12-0
The Falcons posted the worst opponent Total QBR this season (69.7), but are in a prime position to improve that in next year's draft.
27(26)
Tampa Bay
4-12-0
The Buccaneers were one of seven teams to post a plus-10 turnover margin this season. The other six teams won at least 10 games and made the playoffs.
28(28)
Cleveland
4-12-0
The Browns haven't won more than five games in any of the past six seasons, and coaching instability can't be helping. The past three Browns coaches haven't made it to Year 3.
29(29)
Jacksonville
4-12-0
The Jaguars won four games in 2013, a two-win improvement over the 2012 season. Progress.
30(30)
Oakland
4-12-0
Punting was about the only thing the Raiders did well this season. Oakland averaged 48.9 yards per punt, tops in the NFL.
31(31)
Washington
3-13-0
Robert Griffin III struggled following his ACL injury, but his 40.1 Total QBR was still better than Kirk Cousins' 26.5 mark.
32(32)
Houston
2-14-0
Houston will have the No. 1 pick for the third time in franchise history. David Carr was a bust and Mario Williams bolted after six seasons.

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