NFL Playoffs Power Rankings: Top seeds get their first tests

After a wild-card round that saw the division champions from both the AFC and NFC West lose, the top two seeds in each conference enter the fray this week.

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The AFC playoffs may not be bad enough to allow Miami to sneak in, but this was an incredibly fun performance by Adam Gase’s team across the board. They have thrilling players at some of the league’s most watchable positions—wide receiver, pass rusher, cornerback—and almost nothing to show for it. That changed with an energized performance from Jay Cutler, who tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 112.1 passer rating. When he isn’t pressured and playing free, Cutler can command a game like few quarterbacks of his time. Watching him on the sideline smiling and fist-bumping a few teammates showed him at his casual best. It makes us wonder what a soon-to-be 35-year-old gunslinger is planning to do next year.

There are eight new teams in this year’s playoff field — Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Saints and Panthers in the NFC, and Jaguars, Titans and Bills in the AFC. That’s tied for the most in a season (2003) since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990. Since 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Although Newton and Atlanta QB Matt Ryan have learned what it was like to play in a Super Bowl, Brees is the only QB in the field adorned with a Super Bowl ring, and with a Super Bowl MVP performance to his name.

The fourth-seeded Saints, unlike the No. 6-seed Falcons against the No. 1-seed Eagles on Saturday, are not favored as they travel to the No. 2-seed Vikings next Sunday. That’s partly because Minnesota will be hosting a New Orleans team it beat 29-19 in Week 1.

But that was when the Saints were trying to force former Vikings star Adrian Peterson into their rushing offense. It was also when Sam Bradford, not Case Keenum, was at QB for Minnesota vs. Brees, and when rookie Dalvin Cook was healthy and leading the backfield.patriots_093_d3ab648e5c36960a-180x180