The 49ers' Week 13 victory over the Eagles could have plenty of repercussions, but for now, it ensures the Niners are No. 1 in NFL power rankings.
If there were any doubts about the strongest team going in the NFL right now, the San Francisco 49ers put those to rest in the wake of a commanding 42-19 walloping over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 13.
Philly, which had lost just one game up to that point and was the only 10-win team in the league, had the advantage over the first quarter but ultimately crumbled from the second quarter onward, while the Niners effectively imposed their will on offense and defense.
For those doubting quarterback Brock Purdy, well, his final line of 19-of-27 passing for 314 yards and four touchdowns with a 148.8 passer rating speaks measures and put him squarely alongside Philadelphia's quarterback, Jalen Hurts, for the NFL MVP race.
And that's not our bias. The latest betting odds have the two signal-callers tied here.
While Purdy is on top of the NFL world, the 9-3 Niners have to be on top of NFL power rankings, right?
Well, of course.
49ers now No. 1 in FanSided's NFL power rankings after smashing Eagles
For the bulk of the regular season to date, the top spot in Russell Baxter's weekly NFL power rankings for FanSided had either the Kansas City Chiefs or Eagles in the No. 1 spot, the former slowly giving way to the latter as Philly climbed to that 10-1 record before hosting San Francisco.
Now, entering Week 14, the 49ers are the big and tough bully in Baxter's rankings and sit at No. 1 overall:
"In their first five games this season, Kyle Shanahan’s club dominated its opponents, scoring 30-plus points during its 5-0 start. The 49ers took an impressive three-game winning streak into Philadelphia on Sunday looking to avenge a lopsided loss in the 2022 NFC Championship Game. Once again, this proved to be a very one-sided affair.
This time, it was San Francisco sending a message. They rolled up 456 yards, with Deebo Samuel totaling 138 yards from scrimmage and three TDs. The statement win means the Niners own the top spot in the NFL Power Rankings."
Previously, the Niners were No. 4 in FanSided's NFL power rankings, but beating Philadelphia in such a fashion would lead to a significant jump of more than just a spot or two.
The remaining top five behind San Francisco are, in order: Miami Dolphins (No. 2), Dallas Cowboys (No. 3), Eagles (No. 4) and Chiefs (No. 5).
As cool as this is for the 49ers, the ultimate power ranking to finish tops in will be immediately after Super Bowl LVIII this February.