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NFL Power Rankings 2013, Week 16: Giants sink to No. 24, Seahawks No. 1

The Seahawks, Giants go in opposite directions after a shutout at MetLife Stadium

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Week 15 featured its fair of dramatic finishes and upsets, and yet again there is a shakeup atop the Big Blue View Power Rankings.

The Seahawks proved to be the class of not only the NFC but the NFL, as they shutout the Giants at MetLife Stadium, fittingly retaking the No. 1 spot in the rankings. Likewise, the Giants continue to sputter down the ladder with a pathetic outing at home.

The Broncos lost Thursday night to the Chargers; the Patriots lost to the Dolphins and the Bengals fell to the Pittsburgh, leaving plenty of uncertainty surrounding the AFC elite.

Here are the Big Blue View Power Rankings for Week 16:

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-2): Even when they're not at their best, the Seahawks are better than most good teams' great. (LW: 2)

2. Denver Broncos (11-3): While on most days Denver looks to be unbeatable, losses like this one to San Diego that makes you question whether they'll make it to the AFC Championship Game. (LW: 1)

3. San Francisco 49ers (10-4): Winners of four in a row, including a divisional game against Seattle, the Niners are catching steam at just the right time. (LW: 6)

4. New Orleans Saints (10-4): Will Drew Brees and Co. be able to win a playoff game on the road? At this point, it's hard to say yes with confidence. (LW: 4)

5. Carolina Panthers (10-4): This week's home game against New Orleans has major postseason ramifications. (LW: 7)

6. New England Patriots (10-4): It's not easy to replace a player like Rob Gronkowski on offense, and I'm not sure the Patriots will be able to overcome this loss (LW: 3)

7. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5): On track to be the AFC North champs, Cincinnati has to prove they can be divisional foes on a consistent basis. (LW: 5)

8. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3): The Chiefs have averaged more than 50 points over their past two games, but then again, they've played Washington and Oakland. (LW: 8)

9. Arizona Cardinals (9-5): Can Arizona make a major statement by challenging the Seahawks up at CenturyLink Field? (LW: 11)

10. Chicago Bears (8-6): Even with Jay Cutler rusty, the Bears played well. (LW: 13)

11. Indianapolis Colts (9-5): Sure, they picked on the Texans. Who hasn't? (LW: 12)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6): After making their debut in the top 10, they drop one to the Vikings. Not cool, Philly. (LW: 9)

13. Baltimore Ravens (8-6): The defending champs aren't winning pretty, but they're winning. (LW: 14)

14. Detroit Lions (7-7): The Lions are in the midst of a cataclysmic collapse. (LW: 10)

15. San Diego Chargers (7-7): What a signature win for the Bolts, who made Peyton Manning forget he was Peyton Manning. (LW: 16)

16. Green Bay Packers (7-6-1): Yet again the Pack stays afloat. Could this week be the week Aaron Rodgers makes his return? (LW: 17)

17. Miami Dolphins (8-6): The Dolphins are playing they like deserve a wild-card spot. (LW: 18)

18. Dallas Cowboys (7-7): You can't make up these Tony Romo interception tales better than this. (LW: 15)

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) The Steelers make it very hard to count them out, even at this stage in the game. (LW: 21)

20. Tennessee Titans (7-7): This lost cost the Titans their chances at the postseason. (LW: 19)

21. New York Jets (7-7): For a half, the Jets went toe-to-toe with the Panthers. (LW: 20)

22. St Louis Rams (6-8): The Rams defense is quickly becoming one of the league's best. (LW: 22)

23. Buffalo Bills (5-9): E.J Manuel just put together the best game of his career. (LW: 27)

24. New York Giants (5-9): No playoff contention, and now no offense. Antrel Rolle is right; this team has no heart. (LW: 23)

25. Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1): Over the past three weeks, Minnesota is 2-1 with wins over contenders Chicago and and Philadelphia, and a three-point loss to Baltimore. Not too shabby. (LW: 29)

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10): The Bucs have some franchise players to build around. (LW: 24)

27. Cleveland Browns (4-10): The Browns are keeping games close without, they just need to learn how to finish. (LW: 26)

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10): Who didn't want to see the Jags rip off a fourth straight win? Damn. (LW: 25)

29. Atlanta Falcons (4-10): Aside from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, which Falcons players are surefire bets to be on the team next year? (LW: 30)

30. Oakland Raiders (4-10): Didn't the Raiders have a better record with Terrelle Pryor under center? (LW: 28)

31. Washington Redskins (3-11): Even though the Texans have a worse record, it's hard to argue any team is in the worse shape than the Redskins. (LW: 31)

32. Houston Texans (2-12): Twelve in a row. Yikes. (LW: 32)