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From the Hart: PFW NFL Power Rankings

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Thanks to a season-ending shutout of the Dolphins, a win that clinched the Patriots a first-round playoff bye, New England shot up four spots in the final Wilson-Hart Power Index to close the year at No. 3 overall.

The final 2012 Wilson-Hart Power Index also has an interesting new No. 1 team to cap the regular season as Pete Carroll's red-hot, upstart Seahawks slipped past the slipping Falcons with a late season surge.

The Broncos and 49ers hit the postseason tied for No. 4 in the Index, followed by Houston and Green Bay.

The Bears are an interesting team as they missed the postseason, fell off the map after a 7-1 start and got their head coach fired, but finish the year ranked No. 8 overall in the Wilson-Hart Power Index as the highest rated non-playoff team.

On the other end of that postseason spectrum, the Vikings and Colts both earned spots in the playoffs despite lackluster rankings in our Index. Minnesota hits January ranked No. 21 overall thanks in large part to Adrian Peterson's super-human efforts, while 23rd-ranked Colts are playoff bound thanks mostly to Andre Luck and an emotional drive.

While this is the final Wilson-Hart Power Index of the season, it will be interesting to watch the playoffs in the coming weeks to see if the teams play to their rankings and regular season statistical analysis. If so, look for the Patriots going to the Super Bowl to take on the Seahawks!

This WeeksRank Last WeeksRank Movement Team CurrentRecord Wilson-HartPower Index
1 2 up 1 Seattle Seahawks 11-5-0 4.667
2 1 down 1 Atlanta Falcons 13-3-0 6.167
3 7 up 4 New England Patriots 12-4-0 7.333
4 5 up 1 Denver Broncos 13-3-0 8.167
4 6 up 2 San Francisco 49ers 11-4-1 8.167
6 4 down 2 Houston Texans 12-4-0 8.333
7 3 down 4 Green Bay Packers 11-5-0 9.833
8 8 same Chicago Bears 10-6-0 11.500
9 9 same Washington Redskins 10-6-0 12.000
10 11 up 1 Cincinnati Bengals 10-6-0 12.167
11 12 up 1 New York Giants 9-7-0 12.333
12 10 down 2 Baltimore Ravens 10-6-0 13.833
13 13 same New Orleans Saints 7-9-0 14.500
14 17 up 3 St. Louis Rams 7-8-1 15.500
15 14 down 1 San Diego Chargers 7-9-0 15.833
16 14 down 2 Carolina Panthers 7-9-0 16.500
17 14 down 3 Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8-0 16.667
18 22 up 4 Arizona Cardinals 5-11-0 17.833
19 26 up 7 Buffalo Bills 6-10-0 18.167
19 23 up 4 Cleveland Browns 5-11-0 18.167
21 17 down 4 Minnesota Vikings 10-6-0 18.333
22 20 down 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9-0 18.667
23 24 up 1 Indianapolis Colts 11-5-0 19.500
24 27 up 3 Detroit Lions 4-12-0 19.833
25 19 down 6 Miami Dolphins 7-9-0 21.333
25 25 same New York Jets 6-10-0 21.333
27 21 down 6 Dallas Cowboys 8-8-0 21.667
28 29 up 1 Jacksonville Jaguars 2-14-0 22.500
29 28 down 1 Tennessee Titans 6-10-0 24.333
30 29 down 1 Oakland Raiders 4-12-0 24.667
31 31 same Philadelphia Eagles 4-12-0 28.667
32 32 same Kansas City Chiefs 2-14-0 30.333

clinched playoff spot
*Italics
indicates out of the playoffs

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