Once doubted as contenders, this never-say-die San Francisco 49ers team isn't laying down for anybody and, in fact, they're picking up steam as they make their bid for a postseason slot.
The timing has been as pictured, as this is beginning to look like the "get healthy, get hot" team approaching the back half of December. Despite road games and treacherous competitors, the 49ers have pocketed four straight wins, which largely appears to be a byproduct of this team getting all the pieces back into the puzzle.
With all his receivers back and a mostly-healthy offensive line, quarterback Colin Kaepernick is looking like his old self again, which is to say the charismatic improv specialist of 2012.
Since Kap's game was the final tumbler that had to fall into place for this team to become scary again in the winter months, it makes the fashion of this past win all the more topical. With impenetrable defense, now coupled with high-powered offense, what is the team really capable of?
Moving to 10-4 on the season, here are some of the key takeaways from San Francisco's 33-14 win over Tampa Bay heading into next week.