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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 5 San Francisco 49ers

By Bill Williamson

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

Preseason: 3 | Last Week: 6 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

It’s December, and that means there’s a logjam at the top of Power Rankings.

The 49ers just beat the No. 1-ranked team (Seattle stayed atop the Power Rankings despite losing to the 49ers, by the way) and moved up one spot.

On the surface, you might think a win over the top-ranked team would inspire a big move. But there’s not much room for the 49ers to move. In reality, a No. 5 ranking for San Francisco is strong.

They are 9-4 and are ranked one spot ahead of Carolina, which is also 9-4. The Panthers beat the 49ers by one point a month ago. The 49ers are also ranked higher than Kansas City (No. 7) even though the Chiefs are 10-3.

Thus, there’s no doubt San Francisco is considered one of the NFL’s finest teams as we head down the stretch.