Power Rankings: No. 9 San Francisco 49ers

A weekly examination of the 49ers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 3 | Last Week: 8 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The 49ers’ tumble this week wasn’t drastic, which was the right call. The 49ers have lost two straight games by a total of four points. They have gone from No. 5 to No. 9 in the ESPN.com Power Rankings.

Last week, after a 10-9 home loss to Carolina, I didn’t think the 49ers should have dropped three spots. But after their last-second loss at New Orleans this week, the voters dropped the 49ers only one position after a stellar defensive effort against Drew Brees.

That’s fair. The 49ers are the highest-ranked 6-4 team, which is probably the right call.