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Seahawks, despite loss to division rival 49ers, still on top of AP Pro32 power rankings

  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in San Francisco. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in San Francisco. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) pulls in a touchdown reception over Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell (21) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) pulls in a touchdown reception over Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell (21) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)  (The Associated Press)

The Seattle Seahawks have remained in front of the Associated Press power rankings, despite their loss to division rival San Francisco.

After two straight weeks as a unanimous first choice by the 12-member panel of media regularly covering the NFL, the Seahawks (11-2) received 10 first-place votes this time. The Denver Broncos (11-2) got the other two and came in second in results released Tuesday.

The New Orleans Saints (10-3) moved back up two spots to third after a decisive victory over division foe Carolina. The New England Patriots (10-3) were fourth. The 49ers (9-4) and Panthers (9-4) were next, at fifth and sixth ahead of Kansas City (10-3). The Chiefs broke a three-game losing streak with a blowout win at Washington.

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