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The Dallas Cowboys remain the nation’s most beloved teamFor the fifth year in a row, you love the Dallas Cowboys more than you love anyone else. Even Curtis Painter's Aunt Judith (pictured, right) loves the Cowboys.

According to a Harris Poll that asked people to name their favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys remain America's preference. An online survey asked 2,462 adults to name their two favorite teams, and the results show the Cowboys at the top. The Pittsburgh Steelers, the last team before the Cowboys to hold the top spot, are second, followed by the Green Bay Packers. Here's how the rest of the top 10 shakes out:

1. Dallas Cowboys
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Green Bay Packers
4. New England Patriots
5. Chicago Bears
6. Indianapolis Colts
7. New York Giants
8. Washington Redskins
9. New York Jets
10. Minnesota Vikings

Note that these results come from Sept. 12 through the 19th, before Tony Romo(notes) had a chance to make everyone in Texas wish for his death.

As for the least popular teams, congratulations again, Jacksonville Jaguars. No one likes you. The Jags finished last for the third straight year. Keep in mind that the question only asked participants to name their favorite teams -- no one said they hate the Jaguars, it's just that almost no one named them as their favorite team. In a way, that's worse than being hated. No one cares.

Here's the rest of the bottom 10:

23. Houston Texans
24. San Diego Chargers
25. Oakland Raiders
26. St. Louis Rams
27. Seattle Seahawks
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
29. Buffalo Bills
30. Kansas City Chiefs
31. Cincinnati Bengals
32. Jacksonville Jaguars

In 2002 and 2003, the Raiders were as high as third. This year's ranking of 25th is the lowest it's been in at least 12 years.

Also of note is that 55 percent of Americans said they followed the NFL this year. Why is that important? Because last year, that number was 53 percent, which means that the NFL somehow became even more popular through the lockout. Hopefully, the NFL doesn't take that as a sign that they can do it again, consequence-free.

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