Rams' loss puts 49ers atop NFC West ahead of rivals' Week 6 meeting


It’s Sept. 29, and the 49ers are in sole possession of first place in the NFC West.

Yes, the times are a-changin’ by the Bay.

After the Bucs’ impressive 55-40 win over the Rams in Los Angeles, the 3-0 49ers sit alone atop the division. It’s the first time San Francisco has been alone in first place since the end of the 2012 season, per ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.

Here's how the NFC West standings look after Week 4:
49ers 3-0
Rams 3-1
Seahawks 3-1
Cardinals 0-3-1

The 49ers, off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1998, were idle Sunday as they observed their bye week. While some have doubted the legitimacy of the 49ers’ hot start because of their weak early season schedule, the fact that Tampa Bay, the team the 49ers beat on the road in Week 1, just laid the smackdown on LA shows San Francisco truly might be for real.

NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Ian Williams, a former 49er, certainly believes so.

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San Francisco returns from its Week 4 bye to face the 2-2 Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on Oct. 7 on “Monday Night Football.” If the 49ers win that one, they’ll be undefeated when they face the Rams in Week 6 in a showdown for NFC West supremacy.

Bring it on.

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