Where are the 49ers after their win against the Commanders

NFL Power Rankings: Where the 49ers Sit After Beating the Commanders Originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Christmas weekend delivered a few presents to NFL playoff hopefuls, leaving others hanging on for life.

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Mike Tomlin cannot be killed. Tua is sinking the Dolphins, the Lions puked on each other in Carolina and the Patriots just can’t get out of the way.

Meanwhile, Brock Purdy led the 49ers to an eighth straight victory with a 37-20 win over the Commanders.

Here’s where each team with two weeks remaining in the regular season stands:

32. Denver Broncos (4-11): Let’s go … to the landfill.

31. Houston Texans (2-12-1): Lovie Smith really isn’t about to fumble with the #1 overall pick. And he?

30. Arizona Cardinals (4-11): Sean Payton is apparently putting together some sort of Avengers coaching crew for his next stint. Could he be in Arizona with Kyler Murray?

29. Chicago Bears (3-12): Two more losses and a win for the Texans, and the Bears are staring at what could be a franchise-changing scenario. Get Pick No. 1, trade for more first-round picks and set your franchise to grow in the NFC North.

28. Indianapolis Colts (4-9-1): If the Colts decide to blow up their roster and enter a full-scale rebuild this offseason, the Bears would have to burn their phone lines. But it’s not Jim Irsay’s MO Jim Harbaugh in Indianapolis still seems like a good bet.

27. Atlanta Falcons (5-10): Desmond Ridder may not be. I don’t think Arthur Smith is either.

26Cleveland Browns (6-9): The Browns are lucky that Russell Wilson was the only man to set a dumpster fire in Denver. Otherwise, everyone would be focusing on how bad Deshaun Watson has been since his return. At least Cleveland only sacrificed $250 million and their organizational reputation on him. Small potatoes.

25. Los Angeles Rams (5-10): Baker Mayfield has a 98.9 passer rating since joining the Rams. With good coaching and a strong system, he is an above average NFL starter.

24. New Orleans Saints (6-9): The Saints are giving it their all for Dennis Allen. Whether or not that’s good for the long-term health of the franchise remains to be seen.

23. Tennessee Titans (7-8): Tennessee has been terrible for over a month and now the Titans are without Ryan Tannehill. Whether their season ends in Week 18 or the Wild Card Round, the Titans’ 2022 run is coming to a close.

22. Carolina Panthers (6-9): Carolina could have used the current version of Baker Mayfield earlier in the season. Maybe Ben McAdoo was the problem.

21. Vegas Raiders (6-9): The Raiders have a decision to make about Derek Carr and his future with the team this offseason. It won’t be an easy choice.

20. New England Patriots (7-8): For years, the Patriots’ mantra has been “Do your job.” Now, New England’s top players are trying to do too much, and it cost the Pats two straight weeks.

19. Seattle Seahawks (7-8): At least Pete Carroll won the debate over Russell Wilson.

18. Washington Commanders (7-7-1): With a playoff berth in the balance, the Commanders need an injection of life as a quarterback. Not sure if Carson Wentz qualifies.

17. NYC Jets (7-8): The Zach Wilson era in New York is over. There is no coming back from being benched for Chris Streveler.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-8): I could say the Bucs are a team no one wants to face in the playoffs, but that would be a lie.

15. Detroit Lions (7-8): The Lions were run over by the Panthers on Christmas Eve. A very Lion Christmas.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8): Where was this Steelers defense during the first eight games of the season?

13. New York Giants (8-6-1): Daniel Jones needs to be near perfect for the Giants to win games. This was a rare occurrence during the second half of the season.

12Miami Dolphins (8-7): Dolphins are imploding before our eyes. I’m not sure the man Twitter dubbed “Your TurnTheBallOvah” can right the ship.

11. Green Bay Packers (7-8): Everything the Packers needed to keep their playoff hopes alive they did in Week 16. The NFC should have killed Aaron Rodgers when given the chance.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8): Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields have turned out to be head and shoulders above the rest of the 2021 QB class. Who could have predicted that?

9. Baltimore Ravens (10-5): Tyler Huntley’s agent worked overtime during the holiday week, making sure everyone knew his client was the AFC’s fourth Pro Bowl alternate quarterback. If that doesn’t tell you that we should stop talking about “faces,” then nothing will.

8.Minnesota Vikings (12-3): Kirk Cousins ​​has eight fourth-quarter comebacks this season. Maybe not so… ah, forget it.

7. Los Angeles Chargers (8-6): The Chargers need only beat Nick Foles to clinch a playoff berth. What could go wrong?

6. Dallas Cowboys (11-4): The Cowboys needed to find a way to beat Gardner Minshew on Saturday to maintain the lure of being a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Mission accomplished?

5. San Francisco 49ers (11-4): Kyle Shanahan may have finally found his dream quarterback in Brock Purdy.

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4. Buffalo Bills (12-3): The Bills finally walked away from the Bears, but Josh Allen still isn’t looking 100% right. This is a problem as there is no room for error in the loaded AFC.

3Kansas City Chiefs (12-3): Jalen Hurts was phenomenal, but Patrick Mahomes is the MVP. I’m not sure he should be close.

2. Cincinnati Bengals (11-4): Joe Burrow will not apologize for winning. Nor should it. The defending champions AFC returned to form at the right time.

1.Philadelphia Eagles (13-2): The Eagles were the better team Sunday in Dallas, even without Jalen Hurts, but mistakes cost them against the Cowboys. It does not matter. As long as Hurts is behind center come playoff time, the Eagles are first in the NFC.

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