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Steelers fifth in final NFL Power Rankings

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NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison feels Antonio Brown "got the shaft" in Offensive Player of the Year voting.

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A team doesn't have to win a playoff game to finish in the top five, according to NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison.

Sure, that works for us.

The Steelers came in at fifth in Harrison's latest end-of-the-year power rankings. The main reason for that seems to be his assertion the Steelers "are a dangerous team" when Le'Veon Bell is healthy.

He was not when the Steelers lost to Baltimore in the wild card round of the playoffs.

Harrison also views another Steelers offensive player as being snubbed by postseason awards.

I felt Antonio Brown got the shaft in the Offensive Player of the Year voting. The guy was dangerous on punt returns, logged 129 catches (the second-highest single-season total ever) and, at times, seemed downright coverage-proof.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray won the award after a season in which he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage and rushing yards. Dallas fell to Green Bay in the NFC Divisional round, and finished fourth in Harrison's power rankings.

New England, Seattle and Green Bay finished 1-3, respectively.