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NFP Power Rankings

Manning and the Broncos climb to our No.1 spot. National Football Post

Print This December 19, 2012, 06:00 AM EST

Every week, the National Football Post brings you our NFL Power Rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.

Week 16

1. (2) Denver Broncos (11-3): Peyton Manning and the Broncos move to our top spot after their ninth straight win.

Kaepernick US PRESSWIREColin Kaepernick threw 4 TDs to beat the Patriots on Sunday night.

2. (3) San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1): Anyone out there still questioning Harbaugh’s decision to start Colin Kaepernick?

3. (4) Atlanta Falcons (12-2): The Falcons made a big statement by shutting out the Giants at the Georgia Dome.

4. (1) New England Patriots (10-4): Tom Brady almost brought the Patriots back to pull off the win Sunday night.

5. (5) Green Bay Packers (10-4): Rodgers and the Packers beat up the Bears (again) on their way to another NFC North title.

6. (6) Houston Texans (12-2): After getting whipped by the Patriots last Monday, the Texans came back to knock off the Colts.

7. (8) Seattle Seahawks (9-5): The 49ers-Seahawks game is the best matchup on the Week 16 schedule.

8. (10) Washington Redskins (8-6): You know the ‘Skins are rolling when the rookie backup QB can throw for 300-plus in another win.

9. (9) Indianapolis Colts (9-5): The Colts should scoop up a win this week with the Chiefs on the schedule.

10. (12) Cincinnati Bengals (8-6): Cincy can knock the Steelers out the playoff mix this Sunday.

11. (7) New York Giants (8-6): With two weeks left can the Giants find a way get in the dance?

12. (17) Dallas Cowboys (8-6): The Cowboys are making plays when it counts to stay in the playoff discussion.

13. (11) Baltimore Ravens (9-5): Maybe Cam Cameron wasn’t the problem.

14. (14) Minnesota Vikings (8-6): How many wins would the Vikings have without Adrian Peterson? Two?

15. (16) Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7): Is there any way Todd Haley is calling plays in Pittsburgh next season?

16. (15) Chicago Bears (8-6): The Bears have lost five of six and still can’t compete with the Packers.

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