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December 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Seahawks: Where do NFL power rankings put them after loss?

How badly does the loss to the Cardinals hurt the Seahawks? Obviously, it won’t matter much at all if Seattle beats the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but I wondered how it affected perception of the Seahawks around the country.

One way of measuring that is looking at other media power rankings to see how far they dropped after the loss. The answer is: Not so much.

Many writers around the country still rank the Seahawks No. 2, and only one ranking I found has them lower than No. 2.

The unofficial consensus of the NFL’s top five entering the final week of the regular season: Seahawks, Broncos, Panthers, 49ers, Patriots.

Here’s where other media rank Seattle, along with last week’s ranking and a link to the overall rankings. (You’ll have to wait until the weekend to find out where The Seattle Times’ Jayson Jenks ranks the Seahawks.) Read what others are saying and vote on which team you think should be ranked No. 1.

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk/NBCSpors.com

Seahawks this week: No. 2 overall, No. 1 in NFC. Last week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC

Who’s No. 1: Broncos

Where are the 49ers? No. 5

What they said: Some would say the Cardinals gave the rest of the NFC playoff field hope by winning in Seattle.  Chances are the Cardinals simply gave the Seahawks a wake-up call.

Elliot Harrison, NFL.com

Seahawks this week: No. 2 overall, No. 1 in NFC. Last week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC.

Who’s No. 1: Broncos

Where are the 49ers: No. 4

What they said: The primary concern in the defeat to Arizona was the anemic passing attack. In his past three games, Russell Wilson has a 55.7 completion percentage, three touchdown passes, three interceptions, 10 sacks and a 72.4 passer rating. Not the kind of numbers you want to see from a Super Bowl favorite.

Chris Strauss, USA Today

Seahawks this week: No. 1 overall, No. 2 in NFC. Last week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC.

Who’s No. 1: Broncos

Where are the 49ers: No. 4

What they said: The team shouldn’t really worry just yet, as long as they beat the Rams at home Sunday, they’ll be the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Hank Gola, New York Daily News

This week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC.  Last week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC

Who’s No. 2: Broncos

Where are the 49ers? No. 4

What they said: A clunker in the Clink.

Terry Blount, ESPN.com

This week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC. Last week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC.

Who’s No. 2: Broncos

Where are the 49ers? No. 4

What they said: A few doubts may be creeping in for some people, but our ESPN.com voters are keeping the faith.

Justin Rogers, Michigan Live/Mlive.com

Seahawks this week: No. 3 overall, No. 2 in NFC.

Who’s No. 1: 49ers

What they said: A stunning loss at home to the Cardinals. It’s the first time Russell Wilson has dropped a game in Seattle.

Jordan Raanan, Newark Star Ledger/jersey.com

Seahawks this week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC. Last week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC.

Who’s No. 2: 49ers.

What they said: I’m going to give the Seahawks a pass for losing at home to the Cardinals.

Matt Vensel, Baltimore Sun

Seahawks this week: No. 2 overall, No. 1 in NFC. Last week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC.

Who’s No. 1: Broncos

Where are the 49ers: No. 5

What they said: Joe Nicholson, USA Today – “The Seahawks got shocked with a home loss against the Cardinals, but that wake-up call is probably a good thing with the playoffs looming and the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC going through Seattle.”

Seahawks this week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC. Last week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC

Who’s No. 2: Broncos.

Where are the 49ers: Tied for No. 4, with Patriots

What they said: The Seattle Seahawks lost their first home game in nearly two years on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to topple the NFC leaders from the marquee spot in the composite rankings, although the Denver Broncos certainly closed the gap.

Richard Langford, Bleacher Report

Seahawks this week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC. Last week: No. 1 overall, No. 1 in NFC.

Who’s No. 2: Panthers.

Where are the 49ers? No. 3.

What they said: I had been convinced that if the Seahawks earned home field, they would not be denied a trip to the Super Bowl. I am no longer convinced of that.

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