NEW YORK -- The San Francisco 49ers are No. 1 in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings heading into the preseason, with the Denver Broncos second and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the bottom of the list.
Led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers nearly won the Super Bowl last season and could be ready to win it all as coach Jim Harbaugh begins his third season.
San Francisco received five first-place votes Tuesday from The Associated Press panel of 11 media members who regularly cover the league, and totaled 344 points.
Denver, which added standout wide receiver Wes Welker to catch Peyton Manning’s passes, had four first-place votes and 335 points.
Receiving one first-place vote each are the Seattle Seahawks and the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Seahawks are fourth and the Ravens are sixth.
The St. Louis Rams were ranked 21st.