After returning to Candlestick Park following a road win on Monday Night Football last week, the San Francisco 49ers were able to come up big against the rival St. Louis Rams on Sunday after a shortened week to bump their record up to 8-4.
Not only was it another addition to the win column, but it was also a statement by the 49ers to the rest of the league, as they played lights-out defense once again and debuted their new-look receiving corps.
Suddenly, the 49ers team that was just five yards away from hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy a season ago is looking awfully scary and hitting its stride at just the right time.
Whether you are looking at this team from afar or grading it with a fine-tooth comb, it is not hard to see why the 49ers have the makeup of a world champion.
They are talented, hungry and still playing from behind the eight ball following a rocky start. After seeing the 49ers flatten the Rams in Week 14, here is what we learned about San Francisco and where this team is at with four games remaining in 2013.