STEVE CORKRAN'S NFL RANKINGS

1. Broncos (12-3)

Clinch home-field advantage throughout playoffs with win or tie against Raiders on Sunday, or a Patriots loss or tie; defeated Raiders four straight times, including a 37-21 victory in Denver on Sept. 23

2. Seahawks (12-3)

Clinch first-round bye, home-field advantage throughout NFC Playoffs with win or tie against Rams on Sunday, or 49ers loss or tie; beat Rams 15 of past 17 meetings, including game Oct. 28

3. Patriots (11-4)

Clinch first-round bye in AFC Playoffs with win or tie against Bills on Sunday, home-field advantage throughout playoffs with win and Broncos loss; won 18 of past 20 games played in December

4. Panthers (11-4)

Clinch NFC South title, first-round bye with victory over Falcons on Sunday; LBs Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis combined for 263 tackles so far, each had interception first meeting vs. Falcons this season

5. 49ers (11-4)

Can clinch third straight NFC West title, first-round bye with victory over Cardinals on Sunday and Seahawks loss to St. Louis Rams; WR Michael Crabtree caught 13 passes for 244 yards, 4 TDs past two games vs. Cardinals

6. Chiefs (11-4)

Alex Smith had 11 TD passes, 1 interception first seven road games this season; playing Chargers on Sunday, with RB Jamaal Charles 20 yards away from becoming third Chiefs player ever with 2,000+ yards from scrimmage

7. Saints (10-5)

Clinch playoff berth with win over Buccaneers on Sunday, win NFC South with victory and Panthers loss; RB Pierre Thomas has more than 500 yards rushing, receiving

8. Bengals (10-5)

Can wrap up undefeated regular season at home with victory over Ravens on Sunday; scored at least 40 points in past four home games, third team in league history to accomplish the feat

9. Colts (10-5)

Andrew Luck 7 yards away from breaking Cam Newton's record for most passing yards first two seasons (7,920); Robert Mathis notched seven sacks past five games vs. Jaguars

10. Cardinals (10-5)

Need tie or win vs. 49ers just to have a shot at NFC Playoffs wild-card berth; Carson Palmer 133 yards away from 4,000 yards passing this season, which would make him first in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards for three teams (Bengals, Raiders)

11. Eagles (9-6)

Win NFC East, host first-round playoff game with victory over Cowboys on Sunday night; Nick Foles boasts NFL-best 118.8 passer rating, has 25 TD passes, 2 interceptions

12. Ravens (8-7)

Need a victory over the NFC North-champion Bengals on Sunday just to have shot at making playoffs for sixth straight season; WR Torrey Smith can break Michael Jackson's franchise record for most receiving yards in a season (1,201) with 101 yards Sunday

13. Dolphins (8-7)

Need victory or tie against Jets on Sunday for chance at earning wild-card berth in AFC Playoffs; WR Brian Hartline 22 yards away from second straight 1,000-yard season, WR Mike Wallace needs 95 yards for third 1,000-yard season of career

14. Bears (8-7)

Win NFC North, host first-round playoff game with victory over Packers on Sunday; WRs Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall league's top tandem with 2,562 yards this season

15. Chargers (8-7)

Need win or tie against Chiefs on Sunday, along with help from other teams, for a shot at earning wild-card berth; won three straight games, longest active streak among AFC teams

16. Cowboys (8-7)

Win NFC East, host first-round playoff game with victory over Eagles on Sunday night; Dez Bryant five receptions away from becoming first Cowboys player with 90+ receptions, 1,000+ yards receiving, 10+ TD receptions in back-to-back seasons

17. Packers (7-7-1)

Win NFC North, host first-round playoff game with victory over Bears on Sunday; LB Clay Matthews recorded 5 ½ sacks past two games vs. Bears

18. Steelers (7-8)

Can earn AFC Playoffs wild-card berth with victory over Browns on Sunday coupled with losses by Dolphins, Ravens and Chargers; beat Browns 18 of past 20 meetings, including 27-11 decision Nov. 24

19. Rams (7-8)

Rookie Zac Stacy posted career-best 134 yards rushing first game vs. Seahawks, needs 42 yards for 1,000-yard season; Rams sacked Seahawks QB Russell Wilson 13 times past two meetings

20. Lions (7-8)

Going for season sweep of Vikings and .500 finish Sunday; WR Calvin Johnson needs 8 yards to become first player ever with three straight seasons of 1,500+ yards receiving

21. N.Y. Jets (7-8)

They are 5-0 when rookie Geno Smith has passer rating of 80 or higher; Smith's five rushing TDs second only to Newton (6) among QBs this season

22. Titans (6-9)

RB Chris Johnson 50 yards away from sixth straight 1,000+-yard season; Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for career-high 402 yards, tied career high with 4 TD passes in last home game

23. Bills (6-9)

Rookie E.J. Manuel passed for 2 TDs, 0 interceptions, 105.5 passer rating in first game vs. Patriots; Mario Williams, Jerry Hughes and Kyle Williams with 10+ sacks each this season

24. N.Y. Giants (6-9)

DE Justin Tuck notched career-high four sacks, earned NFC Defensive Player of Week honors in last game vs. Redskins; WR Hakeem Nicks 154 yards away from third 1,000-yard season in past four years

25. Buccaneers (4-11)

Lost to Saints in first meeting this season on last-second field goal; Mark Barron one of only two safeties in league with 80+ tackles, 2+ interceptions, 2+ sacks

26. Browns (4-11)

WR Josh Gordon can become only fourth Browns player with 10 TD receptions with one Sunday; Gordon 10 receptions short of eclipsing Pro Football Hall of Fame TE Ozzie Newsome's franchise record (89)

27. Vikings (4-10-1)

WR Greg Jennings recorded 18 receptions for 241 yards, 2 TDs past two home games; Jerome Simpson caught 7 passes for 140 yards vs. Lions in first meeting this season

28. Falcons (4-11)

Beat Panthers five of past seven meetings; Matt Ryan 5-0 at home all-time vs. Panthers, with 107.6 passer rating

29. Redskins (3-12)

WR Pierre Garcon caught at least five passes in every game this season, leads league with franchise-record 107 receptions; LB London Fletcher expected to play in 256th straight game — he's one of four players ever with 250 or more in a row

30. Raiders (4-11)

Terrelle Pryor making first start since Nov. 10; Pryor passed for 281 yards, posted 112.4 passer rating against Broncos earlier this season

31. Jaguars (4-11)

Won past three road games and two in a row at Indianapolis; eight of RB Maurice Jones-Drew's 27 career 100-yard rushing games came vs. Colts

32. Texans (2-13)

One of two victories this season came against Titans; WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 7 passes for 117 yards last game vs. Titans, second among rookies with 767 yards overall