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NFL Power Rankings Week 18: Bills win causes shake-up in season finale

Never say never when it comes to the Buffalo Bills, who scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Dolphins on the road and punch their ticket to the postseason as the No. 2 seed.

It’s a dramatic turn of events for a Bills team that was fighting for their playoff life a few weeks ago. Now, they’re suddenly entering as the second-ranked team behind the Baltimore Ravens.

If anything, it just shows how dangerous they’ve become as a football team. They’ve been one of the hottest teams down the stretch, and they’ll be entering the playoffs on a five-game winning streak with victories over the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

Facing them at this point could be a real problem for fellow playoff contenders.

Also in Week 18, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers both took losses, but they also rested their starters in the regular season finale, which means they didn’t budge at the top of the rankings.

Here are the full rankings of NFL teams in Week 18:

Carolina Panthers (2-15)

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Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Washington Commanders (4-13)

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Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots (4-13)

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David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals (4-13)

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers (5-12)

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Harry How/Getty Images

New York Giants (6-11)

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Al Bello/Getty Images

Atlanta Falcons (7-10)

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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos (8-9)

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings (7-10)

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Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Chicago Bears (7-10)

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John Fisher/Getty Images

Tennessee Titans (6-11)

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Justin Ford/Getty Images

New York Jets (7-10)

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Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Raiders (8-9)

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8)

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Justin Ford/Getty Images

Seattle Seahawks (9-8)

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis Colts (9-6)

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Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals (9-8)

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Dylan Buell/Getty Images

New Orleans Saints (9-8)

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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers (9-8)

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John Fisher/Getty Images

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-8)

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-7)

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Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans (10-7)

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Los Angeles Rams (10-7)

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Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles (11-6)

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Al Bello/Getty Images

Kansas City Chiefs (11-6)

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Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Cleveland Browns (11-6)

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Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions (12-5)

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Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Miami Dolphins (11-3)

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Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills (11-6)

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Megan Briggs/Getty Images

Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

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Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers (12-5)

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Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens (13-4)

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Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

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