49ers ranked No. 2 in NFL.com Power Rankings ahead of championship weekend
A San Francisco 49ers team that was once 3-5 with its playoff hopes looking like a long shot amid a robust NFC conference is now just one win away from its second Super Bowl appearance at the over the past three seasons.
A low-scoring outing that featured one of the best defensive (and special teams) performances of the season against the top-seeded Green Bay Packers reminded many how far the dominant 49ers team was heading heading into his third game of the season against a top-powered Los Angeles Rams team.
NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus set up his power ranking of the last four teams standing with a chance to hoist a Lombardi on Feb. 13, with the 49ers landing at No. 2 on his roster.
Here’s what Hanzus had to say about the 49ers:
These 49ers are a deeply resilient group. On Saturday night at Lambeau Field, the San Francisco special teams saved the day with two season-saving blocks – one on a short field goal attempt late in the first half, another on a punt. fourth-quarter clearance that produced the game-tying touchdown and sent home fans at Lambeau Field into a zombie state. The Niners’ defense led by Fred Warner deserves credit for frosting Aaron Rodgers in freezing temperatures, while Robbie Gould continues to prove himself as a playoff X-factor (20 for 20 all-time in the playoffs ). The only thing standing in the way of a Super Bowl return is the Rams, who the Niners have beaten six straight.
“Hopefully I can see them again,” George Kittle said with a smile after San Francisco won at SoFi Stadium in Week 18 to earn a playoff ticket. “Because it was a fun body bag game.”
The big tight end has his wish.
Here’s a look at how Hanzus ranked the final four teams heading into the Championship weekend:
- Kansas City Chiefs (previous rank: 3)
- San Francisco 49ers (previous rank: 7)
- Los Angeles Rams (previous rank: 8)
- Cincinnati Bengals (previous rank: 6)