• Broncos top Patriots in pre-playoff poll

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    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Denver Broncos are heading to the playoffs as the top team in the final AP Pro32 NFL power rankings of the season.
     
    Led by Peyton Manning, the Broncos (13-3) closed the regular season on an 11-game winning streak. The AFC West champs received 10 first-place votes and 382 points in balloting Wednesday by The Associated Press' panel of 12 media members who regularly cover the league.
     
    The New England Patriots moved up to second with one-first place vote and 361 points. The San Francisco 49ers were third with the other first-place vote and 352 points.
     
    The top 12 teams are all in the playoffs, with Chicago the highest-ranked non-playoff team at 13th.
     
    Atlanta was fourth; Seattle fifth.
     
    Indianapolis was the biggest surprise, starting 32nd and last and finishing ninth.
     
    Kansas City (2-14) finished 32nd.

    Complete list:
     
    1  Denver Broncos

    AFC West
    Record: 13-3

    2  New England Patriots

    AFC East
    Record: 12-4

    3  San Francisco 49ers

    NFC West
    Record: 11-4 

    4  Atlanta Falcons
    NFC South
    Record: 13-3 

    5  Seattle Seahawks
    NFC West
    Record: 11-5 

    6  Green Bay Packers
    NFC North
    Record: 11-5 

    7  Washington Redskins
    NFC East
    Record: 10-6 

    8  Houston Texans
    AFC South
    Record: 12-4 

    9  Indianapolis Colts
    AFC South
    Record: 11-5 

    10  Minnesota Vikings
    NFC North
    Record: 10-6 

    11  Baltimore Ravens
    AFC North
    Record: 10-6

    12  Cincinnati Bengals
    AFC North
    Record: 10-6 

    13  Chicago Bears
    NFC North
    Record: 10-6 

    14  New York Giants
    NFC East
    Record: 9-7

    15  Dallas Cowboys
    NFC East
    Record: 8-8

    16  Pittsburgh Steelers
    AFC North
    Record: 8-8 

    17  New Orleans Saints
    NFC South
    Record: 7-9 

    18  St. Louis Rams
    NFC West
    Record: 7-8 

    19  Carolina Panthers
    NFC South
    Record: 7-9

    20  Miami Dolphins
    AFC East
    Record: 7-9 

    21  San Diego Chargers
    AFC West
    Record: 7-9

    22  Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    NFC South
    Record: 7-9 

    23  Buffalo Bills
    AFC East
    Record: 6-10

    24  Tennessee Titans
    AFC South
    Record: 6-10 

    25  Cleveland Browns
    AFC North
    Record: 5-11

    26  New York Jets
    AFC East
    Record: 6-10 

    27  Arizona Cardinals
    NFC West
    Record: 5-11

    28  Detroit Lions
    NFC North
    Record: 4-12

    29  Philadelphia Eagles
    NFC East
    Record: 4-12

    30  Oakland Raiders
    AFC West
    Record: 4-12

    31  Jacksonville Jaguars
    AFC South
    Record: 2-14

    32  Kansas City Chiefs
    AFC West
    Record: 2-14 
     
       Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP

     

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