Week 17 of the 2013 NFL regular season was one for the ages. A playoff spot was earned for one side and lost by another in overtime of a game. A division title was clinched in a prime time thriller. More than a few coaches have already been given the boot by their teams.
Bring on the playoffs.
2013 NFL power rankings: End of regular season
32. Houston Texans (2-14): Teddy B is yours if you want him, Houston.
31. Cleveland Browns (4-12): The signs of winter are all about: Christmas lights are on homes. Snow is in the air and on the ground. The Browns have fired a head coach.
30. Washington Redskins (3-13): Mike Shanahan is out. Water remains wet.
29. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Oakland lost eight of the team's last nine games. Check the resume for typos, Dennis Allen.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12): Jacksonville played hard up through the holiday season. It may cost the team a franchise quarterback.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12): I can't help but wonder if Greg Schiano isn't already planning a trip to State College, PA.
26. Atlanta Falcons (4-12): Atlanta went down swinging to close out a losing season. Matty Ice and company will be back sooner than later.
25. Detroit Lions (7-9): Remember when the Lions winning the division looked like a sure thing? What a train wreck that team became.
24. Minnesota Vikings (5-10): Minnesota making a change at head coach is fine. That said, this team isn't winning until it finds a legitimate quarterback.
23. Buffalo Bills (6-10): No disrespect meant, but a team probably isn't playing past December if Thad Lewis is starting at quarterback on the final Sunday of the regular season.
22. Tennessee Titans (7-9): Tennessee remains right on the verge of maybe being good. Quarterback Jake Locker could have a new home next summer.
21. St. Louis Rams (7-9): St. Louis is seemingly going in the right direction. Moving away from Sam Bradford may put a halt to that.
20. New York Giants (7-9): Eli Manning isn't going anywhere. Stop thinking otherwise, everybody.
19. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Those Week 17 games with the NFC East title on the line are sure unkind to the Cowboys.
18. Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Baltimore had the look of a playoff team at the beginning of December, but it all fell apart in the final two weeks of the season.
17. Chicago Bears (8-8): You (probably) won't have Jay Cutler to kick around anymore, Chicago fans.
16. Miami Dolphins (8-8): Miami folded against Buffalo and the Jets, and thus lost a spot in the playoffs. Yuck.
15. New York Jets (8-8): You get at least one more year, Rex. Don't waste it.
14. Arizona Cardinals (10-6): Poor, poor Arizona. Sports just aren't fair, sometimes.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Winless September. Big Ben trade rumors. The Steelers did well to pick themselves up and show why they are playoff contenders almost every year.
12. New Orleans Saints (11-5): It's road playoff game time, New Orleans. Let's see what you got.
11. San Diego Chargers (9-7): Nothing like leaving it late, right San Diego fans?
10. Green Bay Packers (8-7-1): Do not, do not, do not count Aaron Rodgers out.
9. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): Philly already has one playoff win under the belt. The Eagles have the goods to make a run (until they have to head to Seattle).
8. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5): To people already dismissing the Chiefs: They are 6-2 when on the road this season.
7. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): It wasn't that long ago that a lot of us were burying the Colts. They've won three in a row.
6. San Francisco 49ers (12-4): 12-4 gets you a road playoff game against the Packers. Harsh.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (11-5): Cincy closed 2013 unbeaten at home. San Diego will look to end that trend next week.
4. New England Patriots (12-4): There isn't another AFC quarterback I'd want leading my offense in January than Tom Brady; not even you, Mr. Manning.
3. Carolina Panthers (12-4): Cam and the Carolina defense are flying under the radar. Beware.
2. Seattle Seahawks (13-3): Seattle hopes to have one road game left this season.
1. Denver Broncos (13-3): Peyton Manning and cold weather. Somebody should really write a story about that topic.