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NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Seattle Seahawks Falling, Still In NFC West Picture

The NFC West is a three horse race with just three games left in the regular season. A quick look at the week 15 NFL power rankings shows the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers locked in a tight battle, clustered together in both the standings and power rankings. The 49ers vaulted themselves back into the playoff picture with a win over the Seahawks on Sunday, setting up a photo finish for the NFC West playoff berth.

Where do they stand in the week 15 power rankings? SB Nation has all three teams bunched together as they throw their hands up trying to figure out who will take home the NFC West crown. The Seahawks, at least for this week, continue to be the highest-ranked NFC West team, checking in at No. 22, down one spot from last week.

This is your division co-leader in the NFC West. Yes, they have to give a playoff spot to the NFC West winner. LW: 21

Right behind the Seahawks, the St. Louis Rams -- tied for first place in the NFC West -- sit at No. 23. Joel Thorman, like many others, believes the week 17 match-up at Qwest Field between the Seahawks and Rams will determine the NFC West, setting up an exciting finish in Seattle.

They're tied for the lead in the NFC West. It looks like their Week 17 game against the Seahawks will determine this division.

The 49ers are well within striking distance, just one game back in the NFC West and one spot behind the St. Louis Rams. After stumbling out of the gates, San Francisco has positioned itself to have a chance at the playoffs, ready to strike should the Rams and Seahawks falter in the last three weeks. A week 16 date with the Rams looms as an elimination game for both teams and could, perhaps, vault the 49ers into the playoffs.

The 49ers are 5-8 and one game out of first place. Believe it or not, they've got a chance. It starts Thursday night against the Chargers. LW: 26

Three teams, all under .500, battling for a playoff spot. Your 2010 NFC West, ladies and gentlemen.