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Power rankings: 49ers vault to top spot

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Power rankings: 49ers vault to top spot

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Power rankings: 49ers vault to top spot

 1. San Francisco 49ers: All four of Kaepernick’s TD passes traveled 24 yards or longer. 

 2. Denver Broncos: Hard to tell by the score, but they had four three-and-outs in first half.

 3. New England Patriots: Ridley’s ball-security issues returned in rare December loss.

 4. Houston Texans: Amazing to think Sunday was J.J. Watt’s best game of the season.

 5. Atlanta Falcons: Silenced many doubters, but still will have some until a postseason win.

 6. Green Bay Packers: Almost an offseason cast-off, James Jones grabs three TD catches.

 7. Seattle Seahawks: We knew defense was good, but 50 points in back-to-back games?

 8. Washington Redskins: Next rookie up: Cousins throws for 329, two TDs in win.

 9. New York Giants: Bad time to be shut out in regular season for first time since 1996.

10. Baltimore Ravens: Backed into division title after offense sputtered in another loss.

11. Indianapolis Colts: Can’t rely on Luck rallying back from deficits come playoff time.

12. Dallas Cowboys: Offense is rolling with DeMarco Murray back and healthy.

13. Cincinnati Bengals: Defense’s big second half helps set up “win-and-in” scenario.

14. Minnesota Vikings: Dickerson’s record in reach for AP, but tough Texans run “D” awaits.

15. Chicago Bears: For second week in a row, Bears fail in a crucial short-yardage situation.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers: Here comes the drama: Big Ben calls out Haley’s play-calling.

17. New Orleans Saints: Thrashed the Bucs and now can play spoiler role vs. the Cowboys.

18. New York Jets: Fitting way to be eliminated from the playoffs: five Sanchez turnovers.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Four INTs for Freeman, 16 rush yards for Martin in ugly loss.

20. St. Louis Rams: Still showing hope for future, but Bradford needs better protection.

21. Miami Dolphins: Brian Hartline quietly has gained 1,000 receiving yards, but only one TD.

22. Carolina Panthers: Mike Tolbert must have enjoyed scoring twice against former club.

23. Cleveland Browns: Seventh game in which Richardson averaged fewer than 3.0 YPC.

24. San Diego Chargers: Mathews’ disappointing 2012 ends with another broken clavicle.

25. Buffalo Bills: Assured the league’s longest playoff drought will continue in 50-17 drubbing.

26. Detroit Lions: Can focus in final two weeks on getting Megatron the receiving record.

27. Arizona Cardinals: Deserve credit for bouncing back; defense had a huge game.

28. Philadelphia Eagles: Young D-linemen Graham, Cox provided some positives in loss.

29. Tennessee Titans: Young LBs Zach Brown, Akeem Ayers come up big in win.

30. Oakland Raiders: Raiders wish they could play the Chiefs every week.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars: Four red-zone trips and only three total points — ugly day.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Ran for 10 yards. Total. Against the Raiders. Rock bottom?

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