NEW YORK – The San Francisco 49ers have taken over the top spot in the AP Pro32 power rankings following their victory over the Detroit Lions. The New England Patriots fell to seventh after a surprising home loss to Arizona.
In the second AP Pro32 regular-season poll, released Tuesday, the 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL were nearly unanimous in moving the unbeaten 49ers up one notch to No. 1. San Francisco received 11 first-place votes and 383 points. Houston moved up two spots to second with one first-place vote and 360 points, eight points ahead of Green Bay.
Atlanta is fourth, followed by Baltimore and Philadelphia, which improved six places from last week.
San Diego makes the biggest jump, up eight spots to ninth. Kansas City took the biggest tumble, 10 spots to 31st. New Orleans fell eight places to 22nd.
Jacksonville is 32nd and last.
Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL