I’m going to say something we haven’t heard in a very, very, long time: the San Francisco 49ers are first place not just in the division (we’ll get to that), but in the NFC.
Sunday Night Football’s matchup featured the New Orleans Saints against a then-undefeated Dallas Cowboys team. The Saints scored four field goals and that was enough to beat the undefeated Cowboys 12-10. The Cowboys loss puts the 49ers as one of three undefeated teams remaining, and the only undefeated team in the NFC (the other two being AFC’s New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs).
The 49ers are right now in first place.
We still have a long season of football left. In 2012, the Arizona Cardinals went to a 4-0 start, even beating the New England Patriots on the road. They then proceeded to win just one more game in their crowd-pleasing 5-11 finish. All I’m saying is it’s a long season.
Still, this is something I want to milk for all its worth. The 49ers have pretty much stunk every year since Jim Harbaugh left (the second half of 2017 not being included). That’s four years of mediocrity fans have had to put up with. I doubt the 49ers turn in a 4-12 or 5-11 win/loss record at the end of the season. The Cardinals wins in that aforementioned season were horrendous and while the 49ers have some ugly wins under their belt, they also have had moments where they look like a potential power.
The 49ers are nowhere near where I can crown them the class of the NFC or a team no one wants to run into. They are, however, a team that is surprising some people with potential to really make some damage in 2019. The NFC West has opened up with the Los Angeles Rams getting beat by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and if the 49ers can win their next two games (possible with what we’ve seen) we can see a wildcard berth at the very least.
Enjoy the week everyone. Even if this first place is a bit over exaggerated, the 49ers are not NFC bottom feeders at the very least.
Stay faithful, my friends.