49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a statement in an upset win on the road against the Patriots.
Athlon Sports' weekly rankings of NFL teams. The San Francisco 49ers have moved into the top spot after knocking off the previous No. 1 New England Patriots, while no team is playing worse than the Kansas City Chiefs, who were blanked by the Oakland Raiders for the second time in history this weekend.
Here are our NFL Power Rankings following Week 15 of the season:
1. 49ers (10-3-1) Colin Kaepernick throws four TDs to beat Pats.
2. Falcons (12-2) Have not lost consecutive contests in 49 games.
3. Patriots (10-4) Suffer defeat at home for first time in 21 games.
4. Texans (12-2) Clinch second straight AFC South title against Colts.
5. Broncos (11-3) Winners of nine straight after 2–3 start to season.
6. Packers (10-4) Riding six-game win streak in NFL’s oldest rivalry.
7. Seahawks (9-5) Third team ever to score 50 in back-to-back weeks.
8. Ravens (9-5) Offense struggles in Jim Caldwell’s first game as OC.
9. Colts (9-5) Andrew Luck sacked five times in loss at Houston.
10. Redskins (8-6) Don’t miss a beat with Kirk Cousins replacing RG3.
11. Giants (8-6) Shutout for first time since 1996 in Atlanta blowout.
12. Cowboys (8-6) Brandon Carr INT sets up game-winning FG in OT.
13. Vikings (8-6) Adrian Peterson now on pace for 2,071 rush yards.
14. Bears (8-6) Have gone 1–5 after starting season with 7–1 mark.
15. Steelers (7-7) Staggering after fourth loss in five games at Big D.
16. Bengals (8-6) A.J. Green has scored TDs in 10 of 14 games in ’12.
17. Rams (6-7-1) Steven Jackson tops 10,000 rush yards in defeat.
18. Saints (6-8) Defense pitches first shutout since 1995 vs. Bucs.
19. Buccaneers (6-8) Freeman throws four INTs, Martin held to 16 yards.
20. Panthers (5-9) Mike Tolbert does Dougie TD dance twice at Bolts.
21. Titans (5-9) CJ2K’s 94-yard TD longest run in NFL since 2006.
22. Dolphins (6-8) Notch season-high 26 first downs in win over Jags.
23. Jets (6-8) Mark Sanchez throws game away with four INTs.
24. Bills (5-9) Fall to 1–4 all-time across border in Toronto Series.
25. Chargers (5-9) Third consecutive TV blackout in Southern California.
26. Browns (5-9) Richardson breaks Jim Brown’s rookie TD record.
27. Cardinals (5-9) Snap nine-game losing streak with win over Lions.
28. Raiders (4-10) Sebastian Janikowski hits five FGs in shutout win.
29. Eagles (4-10) Suffer double-digit losses for first time since 2005.
30. Lions (4-10) Megatron unable to transform statistics into wins.
31. Jaguars (2-12) Chad Henne returns to Miami, promptly loses by 21.
32. Chiefs (2-12) Blanked by Raiders for second time in series history.