So many of the team's esteemed veterans, new additions and promising up-and-comers—several of whom exceeded expectations—had a hand in the win. As a team, the 49ers took care of business for the fourth week in a row now, moving to 10-4 on the season and inching closer toward locking up a playoff seed in 2013.
And seeing this team walk out of the tunnel these past few weeks and how it has produced, it's clear it knows it belongs. The confidence is beginning to ooze through again. By all means, it looks as if the 49ers have their swagger back.
The players and coaches are having fun and opening things up, and the team is playing dominant football at nearly every position group. Most notably, the kinetic tandem of Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree is headlining the postgame reports again, while the defense has continued bulldozing the competition this year.
When NFL analysts were pushing all their chips to the center of the table, going all in on the 49ers, this was the was team they were betting on. So for individual analysis from this past week's matchup of the real 49ers, complete with letter grades, proceed through the following.
- Expectations: Some players can look really good out there, but how much did they leave on the field?
- Statistics: Whether you were blanked, booming or something in between, this plays a significant role as to how a player is graded.
- Impact: Stats are great and all, but did those yards come in garbage time or on a 3rd-and-long? The clutch value factors in here.
- Consistency: One big play can change a game, but consistency down-to-down can make sure you win it. Who was bringing it on every play?
Statistics provided by Pro Football Reference, unless specified otherwise.