NFL Nation: 2013 Week 18 Power Rankings

A weekly examination of the 49ers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 3 | Last Week: 4 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The San Francisco 49ers head into the playoffs as the No. 4 ranked team in ESPN.com's Power Rankings.

I’m sure the 49ers would take that at the start of the season. They dropped just one spot from the preseason. That’s solid consistency.

It probably doesn’t thrill the 49ers that they will likely have to beat two of the teams ahead of them on the road to a return to the Super Bowl: No. 1 Seattle and No. 3 Carolina.

But the 49ers head into the playoffs a solid No. 4. They have won a league-high six straight games and they have won 11 of their final 13 games.

The 49ers play at Green Bay on Sunday in the wild-card round. The Packers are ranked No. 13. They are the lowest ranked of the 12 playoff teams.

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