NEW YORK (AP) - The Denver Broncos strengthened their grip on the top spot in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings after extending their winning streak to 10 games.
The AFC West champion Broncos (12-3) received nine first-place votes and 381 points in balloting Wednesday by The Associated Press' panel of 12 media members who regularly cover the league.
The NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons (13-2) moved up two places to second with one first-place vote and 363 points. Last week, the Broncos were first by three points over San Francisco, which dropped to sixth after its loss to Seattle.
The Seahawks are fifth and the 49ers sixth. Each received a first-place vote. Green Bay is third and New England fourth in the second-to-last rankings.
Kansas City is 32nd and last.
Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL