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NFL Power Rankings Final: Falcons Finish One Spot Ahead Of Giants

The first week of the NFL playoffs will be as good a test for SBNation's NFL Power Rankings as any, as the Atlanta Falcons finished at No. 7, one spot ahead of the New York Giants:

7. Atlanta Falcons (10-6, LW: 10): OK now, the Falcons have won three of four and they're playing the team ranked directly below them here.

8. New York Giants (9-7, LW: 11): The Giants might be the biggest sleeper in all of the playoffs. They have a quarterback who's been there, an up-and-coming receiver and a defensive line that can get to the quarterback. That's the recipe to beat some of these elite offenses in the NFC like Green Bay and New Orleans.

The Falcons finished the year with a one-game lead on the Giants, but they will be headed to MetLife Stadium in New York because the Giants won the NFC East championship.

Both teams have slightly under-performed pre-season expectations, but the playoffs are a new lease on life.

Last season, the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl last season as the No. 6 seed in the NFC.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.