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NFL power rankings out, prior to 2013 opening night

NFL power rankings have one of February's Super Bowl teams at the top. The Associated Press has released their NFL power rankings before Thursday night's opener between the Broncos and Ravens.

By Barry WilnerAssociated Press / September 4, 2013

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Chuck Jacobs, left, celebrates with teammate wide receiver Quinton Patton after Jacobs scored a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in San Diego.

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The San Francisco 49ers top the AP Pro32 power rankings as the NFL begins its 2013 season.

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Losers in the Super Bowl last February to Baltimore, the 49ers earned nine first-place votes and 379 points Tuesday from a nationwide panel of 12 AP Pro32 members who cover the league.

"The NFL's most physical team expects to be playing at the Meadowlands in February," Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune said.

But Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram warned: "Colin Kaepernick will have to be more accurate than he was the last three regular-season games of 2012 if the 49ers want to stay here all season."

Denver, which also lost to the Ravens in the postseason, and Seattle were tied for second with 358 points. The Broncos drew two first-place votes and the Seahawks, who will compete with the 49ers for the NFC West title, received the other.

"Peyton Manning has enough weapons to outscore most teams until (suspended linebacker) Von Miller gets back," said Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM and CBS Sports.

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