With their dominance in the NFL last year, the San Francisco 49ers were considered the only formidable team in the NFC West as they made their playoff run. This was the first sign of life in a division deemed the "weakest in football" despite the fact these teams made it to the Super Bowl three times in the previous decade.
Fast forward to the 2012 season and it seems the NFC West is no longer a puny division full of one strong team and three who struggle. A game against one of these four teams is no longer an automatic win scratched off the calendar by opponents. This was seen in Week 2 as every single team in the division came away with a win.
For the first time in a long time, the NFC West is once again re-emerging as it begins to evolve into one of the powerhouses of the National Football League.