The top of the NFC and the four slots beneath No. 1 Baltimore in The Post’s weekly NFL power rankings remain as fluid as ever.
San Francisco’s last-second loss Sunday to Atlanta leaves four 11-3 teams in the NFC (plus 10-4 Minnesota) with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Head-to-head battles the next two weeks for first place in the NFC North and the NFC West — as well as Sunday’s NFC East contest between 7-7 rivals Dallas and Philadelphia — will decide the seeding for what is shaping up to be a wide-open postseason.
1. Baltimore Ravens, 12-2 (Last week: 1): Now that Lamar Jackson has surpassed Michael Vick for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season (1,103) with last Thursday’s rout of the Jets, the Ravens need to defeat either Cleveland or Pittsburgh to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Oh, Jackson also leads the NFL in touchdown passes with 33.
2. New Orleans Saints, 11-3 (3): Drew Brees set the NFL record for career touchdown passes (541) with four in Monday’s blowout win over Indianapolis. The 40-year-old Brees also set the NFL single-game mark with an astonishing 96.7 completion percentage (29-for-30). Michael Thomas added 12 more receptions to move within 10 of Marvin Harrison’s single-season record (143) entering Sunday’s game against Tennessee.
3. Seattle Seahawks, 11-3 (4): Pete Carroll’s team moved back into the top spot in the NFC West following Sunday’s win against Carolina, but the Seahawks can’t afford a letup this week against Arizona with a showdown for the division title on tap in Week 17 against San Francisco.
4. San Francisco 49ers, 11-3 (2): Sunday’s giveaway home loss to Julio Jones and the out-of-it Falcons was a crusher for the San Fran defense, which had been bailed out the previous week by Jimmy Garoppolo in a shootout win over the Saints. It’s the same deal for the Niners this Saturday against the Rams: They can’t look ahead to the Seattle game with the standings so tight atop the NFC.
5. Green Bay Packers, 11-3 (5): The Packers can clinch the North for the first time since 2016 — and move closer to a first-round playoff bye — with a win Monday night against Minnesota. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been mentioned much in the MVP conversation this year because of Jackson and Russell Wilson, but the 15-year veteran has thrown only two interceptions (against 24 touchdowns) through 14 games.
6. Kansas City Chiefs, 10-4 (6): The Chiefs remain in play for the No. 2 seed in the AFC, but they must win out against the Bears and the Chargers while the Patriots have to lose to either Buffalo or Miami. K.C. has won four of five — including victories over playoff-bound Minnesota and New England — since Patrick Mahomes recovered from a midseason knee injury.
7. New England Patriots, 11-3 (7): For all of the hand-wringing over Tom Brady’s shaky play and the most recent cheating accusations, the Patriots extended their own NFL record Sunday by clinching an 11th consecutive postseason berth. Bill Belichick’s team can seal its 16th AFC East title in 17 seasons Saturday with a season-series sweeping win over the improved Bills. The Pats pulled out a tight 16-10 win in Buffalo in Week 4.
8. Minnesota Vikings, 10-4 (8): Mike Zimmer’s active defense forced seven turnovers (four fumbles and three interceptions) this week against the Chargers, but the Vikes could be without leading rusher Dalvin Cook (shoulder) in Monday’s NFC North clash with the Packers.
9. Buffalo Bills, 10-4 (9): Buffalo is headed to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons under Sean McDermott following a 17-year absence, with a chance Saturday to pull even with the Pats in the AFC East. Josh Allen has totaled the third-most rushing yards (467) among quarterbacks this season, behind Jackson and Arizona rookie Kyler Murray.
10. Houston Texans, 9-5 (13): The Texans took charge of the AFC South by cooling off Ryan Tannehill and the Titans on Sunday, but the two rivals will meet again in Week 17 after Houston visits Tampa Bay this week (Jameis Winston has topped 450 yards passing in each of the past two weeks). The Texans can clinch the division this week with a win and a Tennessee loss to New Orleans.
11. Tennessee Titans, 8-6 (10)
12. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8-6 (12)
13. Los Angeles Rams, 8-6 (11)
14. Dallas Cowboys, 7-7 (15)
15. Philadelphia Eagles, 7-7 (16)
16. Chicago Bears, 7-7 (14)
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7-7 (20)
18. Cleveland Browns, 6-8 (17)
19. Indianapolis Colts, 6-8 (18)
20. Oakland Raiders, 6-8 (19)
21. Carolina Panthers, 5-9 (21)
22. Denver Broncos, 5-9 (22)
23. Los Angeles Chargers, 5-9 (23)
24. Jacksonville Jaguars, 5-9 (25)
25. Atlanta Falcons, 5-9 (28)
26. Jets, 5-9 (24): The Jets had little chance of stopping Lamar Jackson last Thursday, but they should at least be able to compete against Duck Hodges and the Steelers this week at MetLife in Le’Veon Bell’s first career game against his former team.
27. Arizona Cardinals, 4-9-1 (26)
28. Detroit Lions, 3-10-1 (27)
29. Giants, 3-11 (31): Eli Manning earned a fitting sendoff as the Giants ended their nine-game losing skid Sunday against the Dolphins. Whether Eli starts again or Daniel Jones returns this week, Sunday’s game against Washington, another 3-11 team, will greatly affect the Giants’ 2020 draft status.
30. Miami Dolphins, 3-11 (29)
31. Washington Redskins, 3-11 (30)
32. Cincinnati Bengals, 1-13 (32)