Seahawks finish atop AP Pro32 rankings

Seahawks finish atop AP Pro32 rankings
Seattle Seahawks' Golden Tate motions to fans as he leaves the field after the team beat the St. Louis Rams in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 27-9. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
NEW YORK (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have finished the 2013 season atop The Associated Press power rankings, just ahead of the Denver Broncos.

In balloting by 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL, the Seahawks, Broncos and San Francisco 49ers were the top three teams in the AP Pro32. They also were at the top of the poll heading into the season, with the 49ers first, followed by the Seahawks and Broncos.

NFC West champion Seattle grabbed eight first-place votes Monday and 380 points. AFC West winner Denver got the other four first-place choices and 372 points. Both had 13-3 records this season and are the top seeds in each conference.

Denver finished first for the 2012 season.

Houston, which began the schedule ranked fifth, finished 32nd and last with 13 points.

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The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 30, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

W L T Pts Pvs
1. Seattle Seahawks (8) 13 3 0 380 1
2. Denver Broncos (4) 13 3 0 372 2
3. San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 356 3
4. Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 346 4
5. New England Patriots 12 4 0 344 5
6. Cincinnati Bengals 11 5 0 310 6
7. New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 305 9
8. Indianapolis Colts 11 5 0 299 8
9. Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 294 7
10. Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 281 11
11. Green Bay Packers 8 7 1 259 17
12. Arizona Cardinals 10 6 0 258 10
13. San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 249 12
14. Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 218 18
15. Chicago Bears 8 8 0 205 14
16. Baltimore Ravens 8 8 0 202 13
17. Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 192 16
18. New York Jets 8 8 0 183 21
19. Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 171 15
20. St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 155 19
21. New York Giants 7 9 0 142 24
22. Detroit Lions 7 9 0 138 20
23. Tennessee Titans 7 9 0 122 23
24. Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 114 22
25. Minnesota Vikings 5 10 1 93 27
26. Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 80 25
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 69 26
28. Cleveland Browns 4 12 0 65 29
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 4 12 0 60 28
30. Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 32 30
31. Washington Redskins 3 13 0 29 31
32. Houston Texans 2 14 0 13 32