Final NFL Power Rankings 2013: Giants end year at 23

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After back-to-back wins to end the season,the Giants finish year at No. 23 in the Big Blue View power rankings.

The regular season is in the books, and for the Giants it's time to clean out the locker room and retrieve the golf bags out of the attic. But the boys in blue finished on a high note -- winning back-to-back contests against Detroit and Washington -- and their final ranking shows it.

Seattle and Denver went back and forth for most of the year, but ultimately only one could hold the top spot. And in the NFC East, the Eagles, the lowest-ranked team in the division in the first edition of the power rankings, wound up first in the final version.

Here's the Big Blue View final power rankings for the regular season:

1. Denver Broncos (13-3): The road to the Super Bowl in the AFC goes through Denver, and Peyton Manning and Co. look to be in postseason form at the right time. (LW: 1)

2. Seattle Seahawks (13-3): Perhaps a 1A really, Seattle has not looked as sharp of late. Still, they're the class of the NFC. (LW: 2)

3. San Francisco 49ers (12-4): No team has been as hot as the Niners down the stretch. (LW: 3)

4. Carolina Panthers (12-4): In September, you would have been institutionalized if you thought the Panthers would overtake the Saints to become NFC South champs. Look at 'em now. (LW: 4)

5. New England Patriots (12-4): Every year the Pats have won the Lombardi Trophy, they had a bye to start the playoffs. (LW: 5)

6. Cincinnati Bengals (11-5): On the verge of being AFC elite, Cincy has beaten Pittsburgh, New England, Baltimore, San Diego and Indy this season. (LW: 6)

7. New Orleans Saints (11-5): It's hard to identity why the Saints struggle away from the Dome, but their playoffs begin with a test in Philly. (LW: 7)

8. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Indy has had its up and down moments all year long, but they've reeled off three in a row and enter the playoffs hot. (LW: 10)

9. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): Well, the backups couldn't beat San Diego, but the Chiefs made a major turnaround in Year 1 in the Andy Reid Era. (LW: 9)

10. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): When it was all said and done, Philly's D lifted them to the division title. (LW: 11)

11. Arizona Cardinals (11-5): The only non-playoff team to be ranked in the top 12, Arizona proved to be a true contender under Bruce Arians. The arrow only points up for this team. (LW: 8)

12. San Diego Chargers (9-7): With a little bit of luck, the Bolts made it to the dance. They won't be an easy out. (LW: 13)

13. Green Bay Packers (8-7-1): The Pack makes a major leap up four spots after taking the NFC North. With Aaron Rodgers under center this team is suddenly very, very dangerous. (LW: 17)

14. Chicago Bears (8-8): The Bears quickly went from a defense-oriented team to one that relies solely on its offense. It's time to strike a balance (LW: 12)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Lacking consistency all season long, Pittsburgh was one domino falling in the right direction from making the playoffs. Wow. (LW: 16)

16. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Another year of what ifs in Dallas. What if Tony Romo had played? What if Kyle Orton came through on that final drive? (LW: 14)

17. Baltimore Ravens (8-8): The Super Bowl champs won't have a chance to defend their title, and a season removed from their title run they took a major step back. (LW: 15)

18. New York Jets (8-8): Supposed to be the laughing stock of the league, the Jets had a pretty decent campaign behind a "lame duck" coach and rookie quarterback. (LW: 20)

19. Detroit Lions (8-8): The Lions' second-half collapse cost Jim Schwartz his job. Whoever inherits this team has a lot of talent to work with. (LW: 19)

20. Miami Dolphins (8-8): Ryan Tannehill probably didn't have the year he was expected to, but overall this team improved. (LW: 18)

21. Tennessee Titans (7-9): In all honesty, Mike Munchak has this team going in the right direction. The question is who plays quarterback for Tennessee in 2014. (LW: 22)

22. St. Louis Rams (7-9): The Rams have an elite front seven and can add to their offense with the No. 2 pick in the draft. Suddenly that Robert Griffin III trade doesn't seem so lopsided. (LW: 21)

23. New York Giants (7-9): If you would have said in August the Giants would beat the Redskins twice, this year would have sounded like a success, right? (LW: 24)

24. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Injuries derailed E.J. Manuel's first season, but it felt like just another year in Buffalo. (LW: 23)

25. Minnesota Vikings (4-11-1): The Vikes have a lot of holes to fill this offseason, mainly under center. (LW: 25)

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12): Gone is Greg Schiano, but his successor has a lot of talent to work with. (LW: 26)

27. Atlanta Falcons (4-12): Just a year removed from the NFC Championship game, it has to be time to rebuild, right? (LW: 29)

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12): The win-loss record doesn't show much, but the Jags were not a pushover in the latter half of the year. (LW: 28)

29. Cleveland Browns (4-12): The Browns have some players, but what does it say about the organization to cut ties with the coach after one year? (LW: 27)

30. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Dennis Allen is expected to return to the Black Hole next year, so we see Mark Davis has a little more patience than his father. (LW: 30)

31. Washington Redskins (3-13): It's no typo; despite some preseason prognostications suggesting Washington could be 13-3. No more Mike Shanahan, but a lot of uncertainty looming in DC. (LW: 31)

32. Houston Texans (2-14): Could Bill O'Brien reinvigorate Houston's offense? (LW: 32)

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