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Wrapping up NFL power rankings with 49ers vs. 13 opponents

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The 49ers had low expectations in Week 1, but ended on a crazy high note. Time to compare how they finished up compared to their various opponents.

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The 2017 NFL regular season is a wrap, and the playoffs get going this weekend. While the San Francisco 49ers will not be taking part in the postseason, they carry plenty of momentum into the offseason thanks to their five-game winning streak behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

We took a look at NFL power rankings every week, and I thought we would take one last look at final power rankings around the media. In recent weeks I was posting the 49ers rankings and then that of their opponent for the coming week. To close things out, I thought I would take a look at the 49ers ranking as compared to all 13 of their opponents this past season.

Different power rankings are looking to measure different things, but a lot of the same teams were ahead of the 49ers by season’s end. One team that got a late boost was the Tennessee Titans. The 49ers beat them, but Tennessee secured a playoff berth the final week with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars actually sent out their normal starters, but still lost in Tennessee. Bleeding Green Nation and NFL.com had the 49ers ahead of the Titans, while the rest kept the 49ers behind them.

In all of the rankings, the 49ers finished the year ahead of the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and Houston Texans. In all but two they finished ahead of Washington. Several gave the 49ers the edge over the Arizona Cardinals, but they were generally pretty close together.

None of this means anything for future assessments, with plenty of change expected for the 49ers and the rest of the NFL. But given where the 49ers were for much of the first nine weeks of this season, I thought it was an interesting comparison.

SB Nation: 13

Rams: 5
Seahawks: 18
Cardinals: 17
Panthers: 4
Washington: 21
Cowboys: 16
Eagles: 12
Giants: 29
Bears: 24
Colts: 27
Texans: 30
Titans: 10
Jaguars: 11

Bleeding Green Nation: 12

Jimmy G-sus is undefeated as a starter in the NFL. He’s going to get a lot of money this offseason.

Rams: 5
Seahawks: 16
Cardinals: 17
Panthers: 7
Washington: 20
Cowboys: 19
Eagles: 1
Giants: 30
Bears: 23
Colts: 29
Texans: 31
Titans: 18
Jaguars: 8

ESPN: 15

No team had ever won more than three games following an 0-9 start until the Niners did it behind Jimmy Garoppolo, finishing with six wins after losing nine straight to open the year. It wasn’t an easy homestretch, either, with a relatively difficult schedule.

Rams: 5
Seahawks: 13
Cardinals: 21
Panthers: 7
Washington: 20
Cowboys: 17
Eagles: 6
Giants: 31
Bears: 28
Colts: 30
Texans: 27
Titans: 12
Jaguars: 8

Yahoo! Shutdown Corner: 18

An 0-9 start was followed with a 6-1 finish. That includes three wins over playoff teams, although the Rams played nobody of note in Week 17 and the Titans are fortunate to be in the playoffs. Still, 49ers fans should be very excited for next season.

Rams: 2
Seahawks: 12
Cardinals: 19
Panthers: 7
Washington: 20
Cowboys: 16
Eagles: 6
Giants: 31
Bears: 27
Colts: 30
Texans: 29
Titans: 15
Jaguars: 9

CBS Sports: 23

They head to the offseason feeling good about their 5-0 finish with Jimmy Garoppolo. Watch out next season.

Rams: 5
Seahawks: 14
Cardinals: 18
Panthers: 7
Washington: 22
Cowboys: 15
Eagles: 3
Giants: 29
Bears: 27
Colts: 30
Texans: 31
Titans: 12
Jaguars: 8

Bleacher Report: 21

How can you not be excited about what the future looks like for the San Francisco 49ers? Jimmy Garoppolo has completely changed the outlook of this organization. Kyle Shanahan is as creative an offensive game-planner as there is in football.

I have a lot of confidence in defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as well.

The 49ers have some key pieces in place, and they have a lot of cap room to spend in the offseason. Of course, they also have the two biggest pieces for the franchise in place in Garoppolo and Shanahan. Don’t be surprised if San Francisco does a complete 180 in 2018 and vies for the NFC West crown.

Rams: 4
Seahawks: 17
Cardinals: 20
Panthers: 6
Washington: 18
Cowboys: 13
Eagles: 8
Giants: 31
Bears: 27
Colts: 29
Texans: 30
Titans: 12
Jaguars: 7

NFL.com: 13

The 49ers’ ascension over the last month and change has been phenomenal. Sure, those guys in yellow tights they were playing against Sunday only looked like the 11-5 Rams. (What a glorious uni matchup!) But how can anyone knock a 34-13 win? Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t even his legendary self, making two poor decisions in the first half that resulted in Rams interceptions. Still, San Francisco’s running game piled up 171 yards, while the defense let Rams backup QB Sean Mannion know it didn’t care if this was his audition for potential future work. That group worked over the former Oregon State star, giving this team its sixth win in seven games. Look out, 2018.

Rams: 4
Seahawks: 14
Cardinals: 19
Panthers: 8
Washington: 21
Cowboys: 18
Eagles: 7
Giants: 30
Bears: 26
Colts: 29
Texans: 31
Titans: 16
Jaguars: 10