As fate would have it, this team might be bigger and badder than it has been in three years under the new regime, both offensively and defensively. Coach Jim Harbaugh, through hostile conditions and adverse circumstances, managed to pull through and help push his San Francisco 49ers past the Green Bay Packers to advance to the NFC divisional round for a third straight year.
Winning on the road, taking their NFL-best win streak to seven consecutive makes this team awfully scary, no matter who it's pitted against.
The 49ers just held one of the league's most prestigious players to a career low, making him seem almost nonexistent on the football field. Teams don't just stop an MVP quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, especially on his home turf. And in a close game, the 49ers managed to pull out another victory, looking resilient and playing total-team football.
Add it all up and the 49ers are a monster on a mission.
As we reflect on this past win and take a look at the upcoming playoff matchup versus the Carolina Panthers, here are the key takeaways from San Francisco's most recent showing.