NFL Power Rankings 2012, Week 3: 49ers Climb To The Top Spot

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on smiling from the bench against the St Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 26-0. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Niners are out to prove that this year's team is even better than the last and that's a scary thought for the rest of the league.

The San Francisco 49ers have proven with their first two wins of the season that last season being a fluke is no longer a legitimate topic of conversation. Yes, two wins isn't a lot but the manner in which they've been done and the respect they've garnered from players, coaches and pundits alike is enough for them to be the consensus No. 1 team in three of the nation's Power Rankings.

Sportsline moved the Niners from No. 4 to No. 1 and added their name to the list of people who call this an old-fashioned team thriving in a new-school league.

ESPN moved the Niners from No. 2 to No. 1 and reminded everyone that under Jim Harbaugh, this team is 15-3 in the regular season.

SB Nation moved the Niners from No. 3 to No. 1 and was able to admit that they may have had it wrong when they thought the Niners would fall back to earth this season.

For more on the 49ers, check out Niners Nation.

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