A weekly examination of the 49ers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 3 | Last Week: 9 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The San Francisco 49ers are a top-10 team. Could they be ranked higher? Perhaps, but it is not the end of the world to be ranked at No. 7.
The convincing win at Washington was good for the team and moved them up two spots. The 49ers continued to dominate defensively and the offense showed much-needed spark.
The 49ers were down in the dumps after back-to-back losses to quality teams, Carolina and New Orleans. Even though the two losses were by a total of four points, those losses had hurt the 49ers in the Power Rankings.
But as 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said after the victory in Washington, the team was not worried about style points. The 49ers just wanted to win.
So the 49ers remain a top team in the rankings. But most importantly, they remain in the playoff hunt.