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The Seahawks and Broncos went 13-3 and earned No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences. But which one is the best of the 12-team 2013-14 NFL playoff field? Or do you believe one of the others -- perhaps the upstart Panthers, or the experienced Patriots -- should earn the top spot? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL playoff teams

49ers

49ers

12-4, 2nd in NFC West

Bengals

Bengals

11-5, 1st in AFC North

Broncos

Broncos

13-3, 1st in AFC West

Chargers

Chargers

9-7, 3rd in AFC West

Chiefs

Chiefs

11-5, 2nd in AFC West

Colts

Colts

11-5, 1st in AFC South

Eagles

Eagles

10-6, 1st in NFC East

Packers

Packers

8-7-1, 1st in NFC North

Panthers

Panthers

12-4, 1st in NFC South

Patriots

Patriots

12-4, 1st in AFC East

Saints

Saints

11-5, 2nd in NFC South

Seahawks

Seahawks

13-3, 1st in NFC West

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Broncos take control of AFC West

Fourteen days ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were 9-0 and leading the AFC West by a game. Now, the explosive Denver Broncos are 10-2 and have their own one-game lead -- complete with tiebreaker -- after Sunday's 35-28 win at Arrowhead Stadium. Peyton Manning (5 TD passes) and Eric Decker (4 TD receptions) led the way for Denver, which just might cruise to the division title. Will it? And what to make of K.C.?

  • Which best reflects your view of the Broncos' standing in the AFC West?

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      58%
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      7%

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  • How worried should Broncos fans be about their team's recent play (OT loss at New England, close win at KC)?

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      10%
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      53%
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      37%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,689)

  • How worried should Chiefs fans be about their recent defensive struggled?

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      64%
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      33%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,891)

  • If you were a Chiefs fan, how would you feel right now?

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      56%
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      44%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,111)

  • How many touchdown passes will Peyton Manning (41) throw this season?

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      19%
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      64%
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      17%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,622)

  • Who is the Broncos' best wide receiver?

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      18%
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      56%
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      26%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,575)

  • How far will the Broncos go this season?

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      24%
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      47%

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  • How far will the Chiefs go this season?

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      25%
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      53%
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      17%
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      2%
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      3%

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NFL: Broncos at Chiefs

The Broncos ended the Chiefs' dreams of a perfect season two weeks ago, but Kansas City will get a chance at revenge this weekend. Both teams are coming off devastating losses -- the Broncos blew a 24-point lead against the Patriots, while the Chiefs' vaunted defense let the Chargers drop 41 points on them. This could be a statement game for both as the regular season enters the home stretch.

Which team will win Sunday's game in Kansas City?

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    32%
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    68%

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  • Which unit has been more dominant?

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      22%
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      78%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,262)

  • Who will the Chiefs miss most if both are unable to play against the Broncos?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,004)

  • What do you make of the Chiefs' 41-38 home loss vs. the Chargers?

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      62%
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      38%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,061)

  • Which is the best team in the AFC?

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      67%
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      22%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,136)

  • Will Peyton Manning (36 passing TDs, five games remaining) break Tom Brady's single-season record of 50 TDs?

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      56%
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      44%

    Discuss (Total votes: 3,997)

  • Which team has the best home-field advantage in the NFL?

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      2%
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      69%
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Are K.C. Chiefs in trouble?

What seemed like a routine game sandwiched between battles with the Denver Broncos became anything but. First, the host Kansas City Chiefs lost top pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to first-half injuries against the San Diego Chargers. Then K.C. lost a late lead, allowing Philip Rivers to lead a last-minute comeback in a wild 41-38 win for S.D. This is the Chiefs' second straight loss, dropping them to 9-2 heading into next Sunday's meeting with Denver. The prognosis for their top defenders is currently unknown.

What do you make of the Chiefs' 41-38 home loss vs. the Chargers?

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    62%
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    38%

Discuss (Total votes: 28,061)

  • How worried should Chiefs fans be about the injuries (timetable unknown) to pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston?

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      92%
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      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,619)

  • Are the Chiefs legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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      6%
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      54%
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      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 44,316)

  • Which team will win next Sunday's game vs. Denver?

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      11%
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      33%
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      56%

    Discuss (Total votes: 37,782)

  • Which player is more important to the Chiefs' defense?

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      33%
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      11%
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      56%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,971)

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AP Photo/Joe Mahoney

Denver wins Broncos-Chiefs, Part I

As expected, the host Denver Broncos topped the Kansas City Chiefs in the first of their two meetings in three weeks. And it wasn't all that close. Sure, an ailing Peyton Manning threw "only" one touchdown pass (his first 2013 game with fewer than two). But the Broncos weren't too troubled in handing K.C. its first loss of the season, even with Wes Welker leaving with a possible head injury. What to make of Sunday night's result?

What is your pick for Super Bowl champion?

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    35%
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    65%

Discuss (Total votes: 189,608)

  • How many games will the Broncos (9-1) win this season?

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      20%
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      63%
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      17%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,932)

  • How many games will the Chiefs (9-1) win this season?

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      28%
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      55%
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      17%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,833)

  • What chance do the Chiefs have of reaching the Super Bowl?

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      28%
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      60%
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      12%

    Discuss (Total votes: 43,490)

  • The Broncos need to average 31.8 points per game the rest of the way to break the Patriots' single-season record of 589. Will they?

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      61%
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      39%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,173)

  • Peyton Manning needs 17 TD passes in the final six games to break Tom Brady's single-season record of 50. Will he?

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      71%
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      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,780)

  • Which best reflects your view of the Broncos' standing in the AFC West?

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      26%
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      50%
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      24%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,556)

  • Which team will win when these teams meet on Dec. 1 in Kansas City?

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      53%
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      47%

    Discuss (Total votes: 48,158)

  • How much will Peyton Manning's lingering ankle injury affect the Broncos going forward?

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      12%
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      66%
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      22%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,961)

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