2. San Francisco 49ers

Last Week's Rank: 2
Record: 9 - 1
This Week: W vs. Cardinals, 23-7
Up Next: @ Ravens, 8:20 Thursday
Trending: Neutral

As expected, the 49ers handled business and did not fall victim to the trap game against a weak divisional opponent. Alex Smith had an OK passing game, completing 20 of his 38 passes for 267 yards and two TDs. But it was the San Francisco D that really came up big on Sunday allowing the Cardinals only 229 yards and one touchdown while forcing five turnovers. Now the team looks forward to a showdown between the Harbaugh brothers on Thanksgiving Day. A win for the Niners and loss by Seattle this weekend would give San Francisco the NFC West crown. Brother v. brother with potential playoff implications?! Sounds like our Uncles who fight every Thanksgiving. Well, except that they're usually completely wasted and fighting over the last turkey leg rather than a spot in the playoffs. Ehh, close enough. —Ralph Warner