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SEATTLE – Ask any Seattle Seahawks fan and they'll likely tell you they are the best fans in the NFL.

Well, they're actually the ninth-best according to Forbes Magazine, which looked at business data from market researchers Nielsen Scarborough.

The criteria for the Forbes list goes beyond identifying oneself as a fan of the team. It includes:

  • Percentage of the population in each team's metro area that watched, listened or attended games last season.
  • Television ratings over the last three years.
  • Stadium attendance over the last three years compared to its stadium capacity. Translation: Did they sell out the stadium? (The Seahawks have sold out CenturyLink Field for every regular and postseason game for 11 years)
  • Merchandise sales on NFLShop.com over the last three years.
  • Social media reach. That's the number of Facebook and Twitter followers a team has based on that team's local population.

Put it all together and the team with the best fans, according to Forbes, is the Green Bay Packers, followed by the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.

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Seattle comes in ninth, but take heart Seahawks fans. San Francisco is nowhere to be found.

Here's the breakdown:

1. Green Bay Packers

  • Hometown crowd rank: 1
  • TV ratings rank: 2
  • Stadium attendance rank: 1
  • Merchandise rank: 7
  • Social media rank: 1

2. Denver Broncos

  • Hometown crowd rank: 5
  • TV ratings rank: 4
  • Stadium attendance rank: 1
  • Merchandise rank: 2
  • Social media rank: 4

3. New Orleans Saints

  • Hometown crowd rank: 2
  • TV ratings rank: 1
  • Stadium attendance rank: 1
  • Merchandise rank: 10
  • Social media rank: 2

4. New England Patriots

  • Hometown crowd rank: 10
  • TV ratings rank: 7
  • Stadium attendance rank: 1
  • Merchandise rank: 4
  • Social media rank: 5

5. Baltimore Ravens

  • Hometown crowd rank: 4
  • TV ratings rank: 6
  • Stadium attendance rank: 1
  • Merchandise rank: 12
  • Social media rank: 8

6. Indianapolis Colts

  • Hometown crowd rank: 8
  • TV ratings rank: 8
  • Stadium attendance rank: 1
  • Merchandise rank: 12
  • Social media rank: 6

(tie) 7. Dallas Cowboys

  • Hometown crowd rank: 15
  • TV ratings rank: 13
  • Stadium attendance rank: 1
  • Merchandise rank: 2
  • Social media rank: 7

(tie) 7. Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Hometown crowd rank: 3
  • TV ratings rank: 3
  • Stadium attendance rank: 22
  • Merchandise rank: 7
  • Social media rank: 3

9. Seattle Seahawks

  • Hometown crowd rank: 12
  • TV ratings rank: 4
  • Stadium attendance rank: 1
  • Merchandise rank: 5
  • Social media rank: 10

10. Chicago Bears

  • Hometown crowd rank: 14
  • TV ratings rank: 12
  • Stadium attendance rank: 1
  • Merchandise rank: 9
  • Social media rank: 21
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