AP Pro32 ballot from Berman

Updated: January 2, 2013, 4:34 PM ET
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Chris Berman of ESPN:

Week 18

CHRIS BERMAN (ESPN)

1. San Francisco 49ers -- As long as Justin Smith is ready to roll for the postseason.

2. Denver Broncos -- Eleven straight wins by seven or more points -- only the third team ever. Congrats to John Fox on 100 wins.

3. New England Patriots -- Third highest-scoring team ever pitch a shutout in finale.

4. Green Bay Packers -- Reward for going 9-2 down the stretch facing Adrian Peterson three times in six games.

5. Atlanta Falcons -- An allowable mulligan, we think. Nobody needs a playoff win worse than Falcons.

6. Seattle Seahawks -- Only undefeated team at home, but playoffs will take them away. It's OK, they're ready.

7. Baltimore Ravens -- Whatever Week 16 formula was, find it. Ray Lewis returns for playoffs a large plus.

8. Houston Texans -- Houston hopes it doesn't have a problem.

9. Washington Redskins -- Seventh straight win since bipartisan politics at its best.

10. Minnesota Vikings -- Congrats to Adrian Peterson on an amazing game and season. Congrats to the Vikings on going from three wins to 10.

11. Chicago Bears -- Ten wins usually enough for postseason. Instead, their coach gets fired. Tough business.

12. Cincinnati Bengals -- Hottest team in playoffs nobody is talking about.

13. Indianapolis Colts -- Just when the story couldn't get any better, it did by leaps and bounds. Congrats to coach Chuck Pagano and all the Colts.

14. New York Giants -- Coulda, shoulda, woulda.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Odd not seeing them in postseason.

16. New Orleans Saints -- Sean Payton will be back. So will Saints in 2013.

17. Carolina Panthers -- Ended season with four straight wins.

18. Dallas Cowboys -- .500 for season, and 21st Century.

19. San Diego Chargers -- A sharp left turn for the powder blue, as two good football men are let go.

20. St. Louis Rams -- Took until Week 17 to lose a division game.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- A nice finish to what once was a season filled with hope.

22. Miami Dolphins -- Made strides.

23. Detroit Lions -- Lost eight straight to finish. C'mon Man!

24. Cleveland Browns -- Time for Paul Brown?

25. Buffalo Bills -- We'll try circling a different wagon.

26. New York Jets -- An offensive nightmare.

27. Philadelphia Eagles -- Can only hope to get a coach that accomplishes what Andy Reid did.

28. Tennessee Titans -- At least the music is good in Nashville.

29. Arizona Cardinals -- 4-0 to 5-11.

30. Oakland Raiders -- Black Hole still black.

31. Kansas City Chiefs -- First draft pick will be fun.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars -- The weather is nice there.

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