NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Packers fall in Week 17

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Dec 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) celebrates with teammates after intercepting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) (not pictured) during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


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Never underestimate divisional rivalries. Often the biggest upsets come at the hands of rival teams. They know you better than the rest of the league, and the desire to knock down divisional opponents is always high, no matter the team’s situation in the season.

This week we saw this across the league. The Panthers were beating up on everyone, but a fired up Falcons team snapped their 18-game regular season win streak. The Seahawks were the hottest team in football but got cooled by the Rams at home. And now, the Baltimore Ravens were able to take down the Pittsburgh Steelers and possibly end their playoff hopes.

To put it into perspective: Baltimore had lost three straight and entered this game without a whole host of starters including quarterback Joe Flacco. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, had won five out of its last six and had posted at least 30 points in six straight games. But that all changed when Ryan Mallett and the Ravens took them down in Week 16.

Ben Roethlisberger was picked twice, Antonio Brown was held to 61 receiving yards and Mallett threw for 274 yards and a touchdown without turning it over.

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