The San Francisco 49ers earned a tie with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday and their performance has pundits taking a closer look at this NFC contender to find out if they are the threat to make the Super Bowl that they've seemed to be all season. The power rankings have questions.
Sportsline kept the Niners at No. 4 but questioned the one thing the Niners have always been able to count on - their defense. The game against the Rams showed some flaws on that side of the ball.
ESPN kept the Niners at No. 4 as well but pointed out that the defense has given up three 100-yard rushers in their past four games, which isn't reminiscent of their previous form.