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  1. Pivotal plays: Super Bowl's top five

    Mike Sando

    We have at various times ranked NFC West plays by how much they changed a team's chances for winning, based on swings in win probability. The chart ranks the five most pivotal five plays from Super Bowl XLVII regardless of whether they helped or h...

    Blog | February 06, 2013
  2. Where NFC West stands in Pro Bowl voting

    Mike Sando

    A few thoughts on where NFC West teams and players stand -- or do not stand -- in ongoing fan balloting for the Pro Bowl: The San Francisco 49ers have an NFC-high 17 players ranking among the top five in balloting at their positions. Green Bay (1...

    Blog | November 14, 2012
  3. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    Take a good look at the top-five order for ESPN's NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 10. Changes could be right around the corner. The second-ranked Houston Texans visit the third-ranked Chicago Bears on Sunday night. The Bears then visit the...

    Blog | November 06, 2012
  4. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    The top eight teams in ESPN's previous NFL Power Rankings combined to go 6-0 in Week 8. That helps explain why the top five remained the same for the first time since Weeks 4-5. The Atlanta Falcons (7-0), New York Giants (6-2), Houston Texans (6-1...

    Blog | October 30, 2012
  5. Every scoring defense ranks among top five

    Mike Sando

    NFC West teams rank second through fifth in fewest points allowed through Week 6. That's a big change from this point last season, when only the San Francisco 49ers ranked among the top 18 in that category. The 49ers were second then, followed in ...

    Blog | October 16, 2012
  6. Top five Monday night games for 2012

    Mike Sando

    One man's opinion on the top five Monday night games for 2012: 1. Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions, Week 16. Call this one the Karma Bowl. The Falcons took offense when Ndamukong Suh allegedly celebrated Matt Ryan's ankle injury during an October ...

    Blog | April 17, 2012
  7. 2012 Pro Bowl fan balloting: Updated ranks

    Mike Sando

    Eighteen San Francisco 49ers rank among the top five at their positions in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl. What is this, 1994? It's feeling that way with the 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers taking 10-3 records into their Monday night game in Week...

    Blog | December 14, 2011
  8. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    Stability at the top marked ESPN's NFL Power Rankings following Week 4. The top five teams, led by Green Bay, remained unchanged. The Packers have been No. 1 all the way, and that's not likely to change while they remain undefeated. Much has ch...

    Blog | October 04, 2011
  9. Where does Vernon Davis rank among TEs?

    Mike Sando

    Our positional power rankings continue next week with tight ends. The San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis will surely rank among our top 10, but how high should he rank on the list? I'm inclined to rank him among the top five. These rankings aim ...

    Blog | March 25, 2011
  10. Taking stock: NFC West Pro Bowl balloting

    Mike Sando

    Running backs Frank Gore and Steven Jackson are among 14 NFC West players ranked among the top five at their positions in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl. As usual, it appears as though a few fans have not spent the season carefully studying player...

    Blog | November 23, 2010
  11. Go deep? Not so much in NFC West

    Mike Sando

    Facebook friend Chris wondered about NFC West teams' big-play ability upon seeing ESPN list no teams from the division among the NFL's top five in pass plays of at least 40 yards. "Any chance you would have the NFC West's ranking relative to the rest...

    Blog | July 26, 2010
  12. Power rankings: How the voters voted

    Mike Sando

    The Miami Dolphins are rising fast and the San Diego Chargers are falling hard -- without playing a game or even putting on pads. The Super Bowl-champion New Orleans Saints fell from the top five in one analyst's unforgiving eyes. ESPN's NFL Po...

    Blog | July 26, 2010
  13. High risks, high costs associated with high picks

    Mike Sando

    The draft always will be a guessing game to some extent, but with rookie salaries escalating sharply for top picks, NFL teams appear increasingly wary of picking early.

    Story | Conversation | February 27, 2008
  14. Final Word: 49ers at Falcons

    Mike Sando

    Five nuggets of knowledge about the NFC Championship Game matchup Sunday between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome: Quarterback equalizers: The 49ers went 5-2 this season when facing top-10 quarterbacks by regular-sea...

    Blog | January 18, 2013
  15. Power Rankings revisited: Week 2

    Mike Sando

    Five of the 10 highest-ranked teams in ESPN.com's most recent NFL Power Rankings lost in Week 2. The San Francisco 49ers can make it six if they can upset the top-ranked New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Either way, the Power Rankings for Week 3...

    Blog | September 20, 2010