If I had told you after last year's final regular season game that the San Francisco 49ers would be leading the division, you probably would have believed me.
After all, the division was supposed to produce a leader with less than nine wins, correct?
The 49ers have been one of the best teams in all of football and, providing they keep on pace, could lock up a first round bye come playoff time.
So who should we credit for this turn around? Well, you could point to Jim Harbaugh, a Coach of the Year front-runner, or you could point to Alex Smith, a Comeback Player of the Year candidate.
But there are more people than those who deserve credit for this brilliant turn around.
These four underrated players all share a big role in making sure the 49ers stay on track for that playoff spot they long for.