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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Falcons stay at No. 2 after win

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Off the heels of a 24-23 win over Tampa Bay, the Atlanta Falcons kept their place at no. 2 in the SB Nation NFL power rankings.

Al Messerschmidt

SB Nation's NFL power rankings are out for Week 13, and the Atlanta Falcons remained in second after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-23. The Houston Texans remain in first place, and the rest of the top five includes, in order, the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, and New England Patriots.

Elsewhere in the NFC South, the Buccaneers came in at 12th this week, down one position from the week before due to their loss to Atlanta. The Saints moved down two spots to 14th after losing to the 49ers 31-21, and the Carolina Panthers made the biggest jump of the week, from 30th to 24th, after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 30-22 on Monday night. The Eagles made the biggest fall of the week, from 26th to 31st.

The Falcons host the Saints on Thursday night, and will be hoping to avenge their only loss of the season. Kickoff from the Georgia Dome is set at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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