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2012 NFL power rankings: 49ers stay put across the board

The San Francisco 49ers kept their position in the top five of three of the nation's power rankings

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

It's official, the San Francisco 49ers are the fourth-best team in the NFL.

Well, not really.

But three of the nation's power rankings all had them ranked at No. 4 last week and once again have them ranked at No. 4 this week. A disappointing loss and a dominant win will put people onto a level playing field right in the middle in terms of how to view your team.

ESPN mentioned how nine players combined for a 245-yard rushing total in the Niners 34-0 victory over the New York Jets.

CBS Sports talked about how what the Niners did against the Jets after being on the road for a week was impressive.

SB Nation pointed out the obvious joy the Niners had to feel after embarrassing the Jets a week following their disappointing loss to the Vikings.

The three undefeated teams - the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons - are the three teams ahead of the Niners in all three rankings.