NEW YORK (AP) -- Lamar Jackson and the surging Baltimore Ravens passed their latest test.
The Ravens, one of five teams with a 10-2 record, are the unanimous choice as the top team in the latest AP Pro32 poll.
The Ravens earned all 12 first-place votes for 384 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.
''In a potential Super Bowl preview, the Ravens won a slugfest over the 49ers, showing they're equally adept at grinding it out against elite teams as they are at dominating weaker opponents,'' said Newsday's Bob Glauber.
Despite the loss, the 49ers remained third in the poll.
''Even in defeat, the 49ers showed every indication they are capable of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl,'' said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.
The New Orleans Saints remained at No. 4 after topping the Atlanta Falcons 26-18 on Thanksgiving and will host the 49ers on Sunday in one of the top matchups of Week 14.
''Just believe their defense is a tad better than the Saints,'' Fox Sports' John Czarnecki said of the 49ers.
''Anyone who says the Patriots are done doesn't know anything about anything,'' Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk said of the defending Super Bowl champs.
The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, both coming off dominant wins, are tied at No. 6.
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