Week 17 Power Rankings

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1. Patriots (13-2; last week No. 1): Just like last year, the Patriots need to beat the Dolphins to nail down the No. 1 seed. Unlike last year, the Patriots hope to actually win this one.

2. Cowboys (13-2; No. 2): Yes, Dez Bryant has thrown more touchdown passes this year than Tony Romo.

3. Chiefs (11-4; No. 5): Yes, Dontari Poe has thrown more touchdown passes this year than Tony Romo.

4. Steelers (10-5; No. 9): If the Steelers win the Super Bowl, maybe Terry Bradshaw should get a ring.

5. Giants (10-5; No. 3): On Thursday night, Eli Manning was dressed like Phil Simms. And, unfortunately, played like eem.

6. Raiders (12-3; No. 4): “I like quarterbacks who don’t break their legs,” a certain politician possibly would say if commenting on whether Derek Carr is the MVP.

7. Falcons (10-5; No. 8): In the Chiefs, the AFC has a playoff team no one pays much attention to. In the NFC, that team is the Falcons.

8. Dolphins (10-5; No. 10): In the same year that Dak Prescott Drew Bledsoe’d Tony Romo, maybe Matt Moore will Romo Ryan Tannehill.

9. Packers (9-6; No. 14): They’ll be the most dangerous team in the NFC playoff field, if they can avoid losing at Lambeau Field to the Giants in the postseason for the third time in 10 years.

10. Seahawks (9-5-1; No. 6): When the losses over the last five games outnumber the wins, it’s hard to call any defeat an aberration.

11. Lions (9-6; No. 7): With only one win against a team with a non-losing record and a blowout loss against a Dallas team with nothing to play for, it’s possible that the Lions are should be renamed the Lyin’s.

12. Texans (9-6; No. 16): Another year, another ugly loss coming at home in the wild-card round.

13. Washington (8-6-1; No. 17): For the team, the playoffs are riding on Sunday’s game against the Giants. For the quarterback, millions are riding on it.

14. Titans (8-7; No. 11): Before trashing the AFC South, consider this — the Titans are 1-4 in the division this year and 7-3 outside of it.

15. Buccaneers (8-7; No. 12): The Bucs are still alive, but they have a better chance of catching lightning in a milk bottle in one hand and holding the winning Powerball ticket in the other.

16. Broncos (8-7; No. 13): Maybe Peyton Manning will finally get the credit he deserves for last year’s Super Bowl run.

17. Ravens (8-7; No. 15): Making their playoff exit even more painful is the fact that the Ravens could have made it to the Super Bowl.

18. Saints (7-8; No. 22): The role of spoiler is suiting them well; they can next knock the Falcons out of the No. 2 seed.

19. Colts (7-8; No. 18): Chuck Pagano deserves full responsibility for another lost season only if he also has been secretly working as the team’s G.M.

20. Vikings (7-8; No. 19): The mutiny-unless-it-wasn’t that lasted a full half unless it didn’t becomes one of the weirdest moments in one of the weirdest seasons the Vikings have ever had.

21. Eagles (6-9; No. 25): Carson Wentz has a degree of elusiveness and escapability that we’ve rarely seen at the quarterback position. If his passing skills ever match that, he’ll be headed for the Hall of Fame.

22. Cardinals (6-8-1; No. 24): How bad would this team be if it didn’t have David Johnson?

23. Bills (7-8; No. 20): The over-under on ugly sniping and unsavory leaks in the firing of Rex and Rob Ryan is Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

24. Panthers (6-9; No. 21): Write it down now — the Panthers will be back in contention for a Super Bowl next season.

25. Bengals (5-9-1; No. 23): Write it down now — the Bengals will be back in contention to lose in the wild-card round next season.

26. Jaguars (3-12; No. 30): Blake Bortles is on notice, which coincidentally caused him to have one of the best games of his career.

27. Chargers (5-10; No. 26): Losing to the Browns is the final nail in a coffin that was already nailed shut.

28. Jets (4-11; No. 27): At least they don’t have to worry about losing to Rex Ryan in Week 17 again.

29. Bears (3-12; No. 29): Counting the days until Jim Harbaugh is the coach.

30. 49ers (2-13; No. 31): Counting the days since Jim Harbaugh was the coach.

31. Browns (1-14; No. 32): Counting the days since Jim Harbaugh nearly was the coach.

32. Rams (4-11; No. 28): Counting the amount of money it would take to make Jim Harbaugh the coach.

96 responses to “Week 17 Power Rankings

  1. I have to say that im really surprised at the Giants still being ranked as high as they are. We are a pretty good team but we arent that good. Id put the Giants at a solid 8-9. Also, for a team that just lost their most important player Im really surprised the Raiders are even in the top 10. Out of all the teams that will qualify for the playoffs the Raiders probably have the smallest chance of winning a ring (well, maybe the Texans do but they are both in the same boat).

  2. After reading all the Viking troll posts for the last 3 months, I’m shocked they are not #1 in the polls. The Eagles fans must be ecstatic, their first and fourth round draft picks keep getting better by the week.

  3. Chiefs had a good game against a defensive only football team. They took care of the raiders, twice, and the Falcons as primarily an offensive football teams.

    If they can pound the Chargers, as hey should, they might actually go into the playoff firing on all cylinders. They really need Justin Houston to get healthy.

    That all said they still had hiccup games against Pittsburgh, Houston, Tennessee and Tampa this year so they need to show those mishaps are behind them.

  4. Panthers back in Super Bowl contention next year? you have a picture of Brady reaching for a fumble with a 300 pound lineman on his back…Cam Newton would not do this in the Super bowl and will never sniff the Bowl again.

  5. Giants are dangerous but I think they’re a little high. Their defense is great but the offense never seems to quite click and produce many points.

  6. I miss Harbaugh. We are the worlds team. We will be back we had a down year, but we will eventually recover. Kap will be back and hopefully Trent will not be. #GoNiners #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS

  7. There is no way Miami is going to start a 32 year old Moore over Tannehill. This really needs to stop already. Moore looked terrible against the Bill’s and the Dolphins would have lost that game if the Bill’s defenders knew how to tackle. He was off target on more than a few short throws on 3rd down and nearly cost the team a win for that ridiculous throw at the end of the first half, which by the way was the same play they ran against the Cardinals that Tannehill threw a dot to Stills for a TD. He does not have the arm strength, mobility, accuracy and knowledge of the offense that Tannehill has. This is a joke. Still cannot understand why the media has it out for this kid, it’s not his fault 4 of his first 5 season’s he had a bad team and bad coaches. Weird how this season is basically the same team as last year, just different coaches and now they are winning. Funny how Marriotta and Winston keep getting passes and excuses for the same situation that Tannehill was in, losing records with bad teams.

  8. If you want to punch your AFC Super Bowl representative ticket, it’s going to have to to go through Foxboro.

    So, who will the Patriots be playing then?

  9. The Giants offense averages 19.4 ppg which is 25th. When they are “clicking” they are barely mediocre. When they play like they most often do they flat out blow. They’d need a miracle run to make noise this year, even with their very good defense.

  10. Yep. Judging by their comment about them hosting the Giants next week, PFT once again just assumes the Packers will win this week. On the road against a nine-win team this time. Hopefully PFT is wrong again, like they were six of the first ten times the Packers played this year

  11. ryanvanslooten says:
    Dec 27, 2016 1:03 PM
    Hate to say it, but my Vikings are ranked too high at #20. Dreadful season all the way around.

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    It could have been worse…..you could have had Teddy Bridgewater at QB…

  12. I am a Giants fan and all year I, along with everyone else here, have mocked PFT’s inflated ranking of the Packers. Now here we are at week 17 and I have to admit the Giants are too high and the Packers are too low.

  13. Jim Harbaugh as Bears coach, dream on. He’s seen the dysfunction of Halas Hall first-hand. That’s the last gig he’d ever want.

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    19. Colts (7-8; No. 18): Chuck Pagano deserves full responsibility for another lost season only if he also has been secretly working as the team’s G.M.

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    Grigson is the GM version of Jeff Fisher. The mainstream media loves him and holds him accountable for very little. However, like Fisher, the public at large thinks he’s a dolt and should be canned. Eventually, the impression of the masses carries weight and the Indy fans will get sick of the mismanagement and ridicule their team is held up to.
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  15. I think all my fellow Giants fans said it well that the Giants are not ready for the postseason. The last time the Giants made it into the postseason their passing attack ranked fifth in the NFL even with a mediocre running game. This was complemented by a dominant defense. This year they have another solid defense, but no running game again, and their offense ranks near last in the league. I hate to say it but they’ll be one and done this postseason no matter who they play unless it’s the Lions. Certainly not Packers at Lambeau Field or Seattle in Seattle. Sigh.

  16. No, Moore is not going to take over the Dolphins from the younger man with the stronger arm. However, he has proved (again) how valuable a smart backup can be, a lesson Dallas learned the hard way last year when they didn’t have one.

  17. 14. Titans (8-7; No. 11): Before trashing the AFC South, consider this — the Titans are 1-4 in the division this year and 7-3 outside of it.

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    AFC West is 12-4 against the South, even the Chargers went 3-1 against them. I don’t care what the Titans record is, the AFC South is terrible.

  18. Maybe instead of the little quip about Poe next to the Chiefs you mention that they are currently 5-0 in their division. They’ve beat the Super Bowl champs twice and the golden boy Raiduhs twice (who every time they’ve taken the lead in the division have been crowned the 2016 SB champs)

  19. Steelers can beat Miami and an injured Raiders team. I don’t know if they can beat the Chiefs now. Chiefs have matured a lot since the Pitt game.

  20. I’m thinking about the terrible beating Vikings fans were giving the Packers some weeks ago, when fortunes were reversed………

    ……..and I remembered that, as the Italians say, revenge is a dish that tastes best COLD.

    Have a good offseason, Barneys.

  21. No the Ravens could not have won the Super Bowl. They’re barely a decent team, let alone good, or a contender.

    Raiders way too high without Carr.
    Packers a bit too low.
    Giants too high.
    Steelers too high. They needed a miracle to beat the Ravens, who are mediocre.

  22. We are too far removed from 2011 for the Giants to still be getting credit for Super Bowls past. There is no way that the New York Giants are a better football team than the Atlanta Falcons right now. It’s not close.

  23. That Pats don’t need to win this weekend b/c the Raiders are going to lose their 1st playoff game which would still give the Pats home field advantage in the AFCCG.

    Even if the Pats had to travel to Oakland for AFCCG there is no way the Raiders can beat them without Carr.

  24. indywilson40 says:
    Dec 27, 2016 12:43 PM
    Agree 100% with comment on Colts. Ryan Grigson: PLEASE RESIGN, you suck.
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    He’d have to resign b/c he is Irsay’s connection and there is no way he is getting fired.

  25. Hey DPR you do realize the Steelers were down to a total of 3 WRs and their starting TE. They have 2 weeks to get healthier and be an absolute force again. Coates hand has heeled now and his hamstring will be healed by the playoffs plus Rogers is maturing and just came up huge. The Steelers are right where they need to be.

  26. The Patriot’s will probably be in another Super Bowl so the children out there better start looking for excuses without the help of the the NFL front offices.
    Did you know the Jets were caught taping the Patriot’s in a December 2006 game? I didn’t think so! Kind of like when the balls deflated in Pittsburgh and the league did nothing.

  27. “Dolphins (10-5; No. 10): In the same year that Dak Prescott Drew Bledsoe’d Tony Romo, maybe Matt Moore will Romo Ryan Tannehill.” Ummm, didn’t Dak Prescott “Brady” Tony Romo?

  28. scotto56 says:
    Dec 27, 2016 2:29 PM
    I’m thinking about the terrible beating Vikings fans were giving the Packers some weeks ago, when fortunes were reversed………

    ……..and I remembered that, as the Italians say, revenge is a dish that tastes best COLD.

    Have a good offseason, Barneys.

    13 3

    you too, after next sunday

  29. tqaztec says:
    Dec 27, 2016 1:31 PM
    The Packers will get daggered in the playoffs, just like every year.
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    Eleven teams get daggered in the playoffs every year.

  30. raidernationkc says:
    Dec 27, 2016 3:53 PM

    To all the chefs fans…… the chefs ain’t going anywhere!
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    Maybe, but it is more probable than not that they will go farther than the Raiders.

  31. The Falcons will win the Super Bowl and be #4 in power rankings. Just like Matt Ryan having zero shot at MVP regardless of his numbers or performance. These things are popularity contests that have little to do with actual football.

  32. Dec 27, 2016 4:25 PM
    raidernationkc says:
    Dec 27, 2016 3:53 PM

    To all the chefs fans…… the chefs ain’t going anywhere!
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    Maybe, but it is more probable than not that they will go farther than the Raiders.

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    The Chiefs will have to make it to the game in Oakland to make it farther.

  33. The Packers will get daggered in the playoffs, just like every year.
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    Just as long as they don’t stab themselves, as they have since 2011…

  34. aarons444 says:
    Dec 27, 2016 4:38 PM
    Patriots vs. Cowboys. Admit it, America wants this.
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    I won’t watch if those are the Super Bowl representitives.
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    Suuuurrrre you won’t.

  35. Counting the ways Jim Harbaugh would help your team win only to jump ship after 3 or 4 years for new money while leaving your organization in shambles and your locker room full of terrible people that no longer love the game.

  36. Ravens didn’t lose the super bowl on Sunday. They lost it early in the year, with losses to the Redskins and Jets. Ravens did not deserve to be in the playoffs.

  37. There’s no doubt Stafford will lead the lions to at least 17-24 points on Sunday.. unfortunately that won’t be enough, you guys are underestimating the packers offense right now, and yes the defense is extremely vulnerable right now but they are making turnovers and when you give Rodgers one or two of those ……… over

  38. Bradley Dillon says:
    Dec 27, 2016 4:40 PM
    The Packers won’t even make the playoffs. They’re overrated and their defense is pathetic———————
    And the Lions defense is great?? They’re barely better than the improving Packer defense, and the Lions offense is no where near as good as Green Bay. Lions better be praying for the Giants to win because that’s their only path once the Packers finish running the table.

  39. @aarons4444
    Or a rematch of 2010, I like the sound of packers steelers rematch..
    Dallas is one and done, that bye week will hurt and they’ll come out flat… then jerry,well who knows what he’ll do. Talk some more nonsense to the media and destroy his team with his stupidity

  40. 2016nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions says:
    Dec 27, 2016 1:16 PM

    Yep. Judging by their comment about them hosting the Giants next week, PFT once again just assumes the Packers will win this week. On the road against a nine-win team this time. Hopefully PFT is wrong again, like they were six of the first ten times the Packers played this year
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    First, you’re counting your chickens before they hatch with your screen name.
    Then, you’re blaming the refs for a game that hasn’t been played yet. Now, you get all sensitive about the power rankings…………Are you sure you’re not really a Vikings fan!!!

  41. Steelers all the way! No team wanted to see Ben, Brown, and Bell in the playoffs but here they are! The defense has stepped up when needed but when it hasn’t the offense has. This team should be feared in the playoffs this year.

  42. Dolphins (10-5; No. 10): In the same year that Dak Prescott Drew Bledsoe’d Tony Romo, maybe Matt Moore will Romo Ryan Tannehill.

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    This makes NO SENSE…. Whats Moore going to do Break his back? Want to be traded to Denver?

  43. I strongly disagree about Peyton Manning not getting enough credit for the Super Bowl run, especially considering Siemien has strictly been an upgrade this year.

    First off, Manning missed numerous games from injury and then benching until Osweiler started struggling (If I remember correctly, they went 5-2 with Osweiler?).

    Secondly, look at the numbers. Siemien has 16 TDs to 9 interceptions with an 83.9 quarterback rating.

    Manning had 9 TDs to a whopping 17 ints, good for a 67.9 quarterback rating.

    Broncos D took a step back this year after losing some important players, and the running game has been a mess since CJ Anderson got hurt. They might have been undefeated last year with this year’s version of Siemien.

  44. I want to see a Steelers – Pats AFCC game sooo bad. Pats fans have all the reason to talk now, but don’t seem to realize this isn’t the same Steelers team they’ve played over the last 5 seasons, including week 7.

  45. aarons444 says:
    Dec 27, 2016 4:38 PM
    Patriots vs. Cowboys. Admit it, America wants this.
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    I won’t watch if those are the Super Bowl representitives.
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    You’ll watch… and you’ll whine

  46. I can’t believe you didn’t drop the Raiders further. You really think they are the 6th best(/most powerful) team now that Carr is done? Where would and should the Packers be with Rodgers? It sucks for the Raiders but without their MVP, they aren’t a top team.

  47. I like the sound of packers steelers rematch..
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    Absolutely nothing like watching your team on Super Sunday!

    .. although, I suspect the result would be different this time around. Bell and Brown would tear that defense up! The Packers are nowhere near as talented as they were in 2010, on either side of the ball.

  48. Once again, the Pats had the easiest SOS in the league. Unreal. If they played in the NFC East, brady’s career is so much different.

  49. jbaxt says:
    Dec 27, 2016 12:57 PM
    Chiefs had a good game against a defensive only football team. They took care of the raiders, twice, and the Falcons as primarily an offensive football teams…………..

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    But they still have andy reid!

  50. swhy19 says:
    Dec 27, 2016 6:58 PM
    Once again, the Pats had the easiest SOS in the league. Unreal. If they played in the NFC East, brady’s career is so much different.

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    What’s “unreal” is that Brady’s winning percentage outside the AFC East is the same as within the division. Given this fact, what difference would it make?

  51. Mike Tomlin says:
    Dec 27, 2016 6:23 PM
    I want to see a Steelers – Pats AFCC game sooo bad. Pats fans have all the reason to talk now, but don’t seem to realize this isn’t the same Steelers team they’ve played over the last 5 seasons, including week 7.

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    Why don’t you look up and post the Steelers postseason record against the Patriots. I’ll give you a hint….the Steelers have never won….

  52. This dolphin team is nothing like the last yrs team, different LB and secondary plus they added another top ten pick to the OL, the reason Tannehill doesn’t get credit for 4 underwhelming yrs is because he under achieved in the biggest games, it would have been nice to see him play in Buffalo where he always struggles, as well as he was playing this yr he could have gotten that monkey off his back….this dolphin team is capable of beating the Pats only the Chiefs can beat them, and thats with Moore at QB….so stop making excuses for Tannehill poor performances before this yr and give him credit for improving his game, but you do not go back to him unless he is better than 90% healthy, a 100% healthy Matt Moore is better than a 85% healthy Ryan Tannehill

  53. Every year those steelers trolls tell us how nobody wants to face them in the post season only to see them make a quick exit. This time are Ben, Bell and Brown, it’s impossible to take them seriously. No team can win in the playoffs only with star power. The team with the beter second and third string players are the ones to beat. So please save us the smack talk and wishful thinking, don’t embarrass your self so you don’t have to hide later as you usually do.

  54. aarons444 says:
    Dec 27, 2016 4:38 PM
    Patriots vs. Cowboys. Admit it, America wants this.
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    Nothing to admit cause I don’t want to it.
    1st) Cowboys in the Superbowl, win or lose, ensures Jerry Jones gets the HOF votes. He doesn’t deserve that “yet”. Going one and done possibly doesn’t get him all the votes he needs.
    2nd) Want to see the end of the “Eli Manning has Brady’s number” bull crap. Manning the Lesser doesn’t deserve to scuff up Brady’s footballs, let alone having it implied that he’s a superior Super Bowl QB. Brady already quashed the myth about being unable to win in Denver, this year. Time to also make clear who the GOAT QB is.

  55. My fellow Giants fans are a bunch of faux fans with low self esteem trolling for thumbs up. Our qb is the king of upsetting favorites. This is the best defense they’ve had in the playoffs since 86. That alone will keep every game close and one Eli drive away from advancing.

    Btw – the pack was 15-1 and steamrolling teams when we drilled them with much less of a defense and the 32nd rank run team. One loss on a short week at a divisional rival playing their super bowl shouldn’t change anything.

  56. Texans: Another year, another ugly loss coming at home in the wild-card round.
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    Not so far my friend. The Texans already beat KC who they will probably meet in the Wild card round. The #1 defense will stop KC.
    Then it will be Oakland who they almost beat, except for Carr’s two TDs in the fourth quarter. They are without Carr now.

  57. 17 years!! SEVENTEEN YEARS since my Buffalo Bills were last in the playoffs.

    They made the playoffs 10 of the previous 12 years including 5 trips to the AFC Championship game and 4 consecutive Super Bowls.

    Looks like it’s going to be a few more years as well.

    There is no God!

  58. Grigson is the GM version of Jeff Fisher. The mainstream media loves him and holds him accountable for very little. However, like Fisher, the public at large thinks he’s a dolt and should be canned. Eventually, the impression of the masses carries weight and the Indy fans will get sick of the mismanagement and ridicule their team is held up to.
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    After the self righteousness from Indy fans during the deflategate nonsense, they are getting what they richly deserve. They have always been a completely hypocritical bunch of blowhards. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones ie; pumping in crowd noise, “Sucking for Luck” by dumping an entire season, owner addicted to opiates, conspiring with the Ravens midget coach, ex Jet NFL execs to beat the Patriots off the field because they couldn’t do it on the field, Fivehead Manning HGH QB etc. Their karma is playing out. You reap what you sow. This Joke of a franchise will stink for years to come. PLEASE keep Grigson.

  59. If Marvin Lewis isn’t finally fired his home needs to be searched for the Brown family member held hostage in his basement.
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    It’s not quite that extreme. Mike Brown (a) never listens to the fans, and (b) has Lewis under contract. Mikey never wants to pay two guys for one job.

  60. 17 years!! SEVENTEEN YEARS since my Buffalo Bills were last in the playoffs.

    They made the playoffs 10 of the previous 12 years including 5 trips to the AFC Championship game and 4 consecutive Super Bowls.

    Looks like it’s going to be a few more years as well.

    There is no God!
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    The Council for Secular Humanism has been saying that for years, and they’re headquartered in Amherst. 🙂

  61. tqaztec says:
    Dec 27, 2016 1:31 PM
    The Packers will get daggered in the playoffs, just like every year. Except those 4 years when they Super Bowl.

    There, fixed it for you.

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