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2015 NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Giants' playoff hopes dim as they slide down rankings

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The Giants' playoff hopes have just about evaporated, but where do they fall in our power rankings after their week 15 loss?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants came into their week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers needing to knock off the undefeated No. 1 seed too simply keep their playoff hopes alive.

They failed, and did so in the most "Giants" way possible, roaring back from a 28 point deficit only to lose on a field goal as time expired.

With the 2015 playoff picture starting to come into sharp focus, let's get to this week's power rankings. As always, these are a Big Blue View original. Teams' rankings are primarily influenced by their record, how they have performed, and a general sense of where the team is headed. Also -- as usual -- we have included each team's odds of making the playoffs from TeamRankings.com

1) Carolina Panthers (14-0, 100%)

2) Arizona Cardinals (12-2, 100%)

3) New England Patriots (12-2, 100%)

4) Cincinnati Bengals (11-3, 100%)

5) Denver Broncos (10-4, 92.0%)

6) Green Bay Packers (10-4, 100%)

7) Kansas City Chiefs (9-5, 96.7%)

8) Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5, 85.9%)

9) Seattle Seahawks (9-5, 99.8%)

10) New York Jets (9-5, 25.4%)

11) Minnesota Vikings (9-5, 100.0%)

12) Houston Texans (7-7, 81.1%)

13) Washington Redskins (7-7, 47.0%)

14) Oakland Raiders (6-8, 0.0%)

15) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8, 0.0%)

16)  Philadelphia Eagles (6-8, 44.5%)

17) Indianapolis Colts (6-8, 17.3%)

18) Detroit Lions (5-9, 0.0%)

19) Chicago Bears (5-9, 0.0%)

20) Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9, 1.6%)

21) Atlanta Falcons (7-7, 0.2%)

22) New York Giants (6-8, 8.5%)

23) St. Louis Rams (6-8, 0.0%)

24) New Orleans Saints (5-9, 0.0%)

25) Buffalo Bills (6-8, 0.0%)

26)  Miami Dolphins (5-9, 0.0%)

27) Dallas Cowboys (4-10, 0.0%)

28) San Diego Chargers (4-10, 0.0%)

29) Baltimore Ravens (4-10, 0.0%)

30) San Francisco 49ers (4-10, 0.0%)

31) Tennessee Titans (3-11, 0.0%)

32) Cleveland Browns (3-11, 0.0%)

Final Thoughts

The Giants' 2015 season has resembled the late, great, Robin Williams' description of the game of Golf. To paraphrase

"Then, when you get to the end, they get close to give you some [expletive deleted] hope... Then they give up a quick drive and a field goal to [mess] with you again! Ah-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha!"

-- Due to the language he uses, I won't be posting Williams' original routine, but put in some earbuds and find it yourself if you've never heard it, give it a listen. Some levity is always welcome when the season gets like this --

Honestly, there are very few teams on this list the Giants couldn't figure out a way to lose to. The agonizing part is that as we've seen, there isn't a team in the league that they can't beat either. I suppose its up to each of us to mourn the season that might have been or look forward to the team that might be.