The 49ers remained third in The Associated Press Pro32 NFL power rankings released Tuesday but received two first-place votes after their record-setting, 45-3 victory over the visiting Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
With No. 1 Houston and No. 2 Atlanta remaining unbeaten, the 49ers had little chance to move up even after outscoring their past two opponents 79-3. The Texans received the other 10 first-place votes.
The 49ers were ranked first after the second week of the poll but fell to fourth after losing 24-13 to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sept. 23. They blasted the host New York Jets 34-0 a week later.
The Jets made much more of a game of it against visiting Houston on Monday night before losing 23-17.
San Francisco (4-1) piled up a franchise-record 621 yards of offense against the Bills (2-3). The 49ers also became the first NFL team with more than 300 yards both passing and rushing in one game.
Up next for the 49ers are the No. 7 New York Giants (3-2).
The rankings, which began this year, are determined by voting from a 12-member panel.
Here are the voters' comments on the 49ers after Week 5, as provided by the AP (voter affiliation and ranking in parentheses):
Chris Berman (ESPN, 3) -- Running game like Texas wishbone in old Southwest Conference.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 1) -- Love their intensity, even when holding a huge lead. Face rematch Sunday against Giants.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports,
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 3) -- Beat down of Buffalo was impressive and so was the fact that they had over 600 yards of offense.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 1) -- Niners have outscored last two opponents by a combined 79-3. Right here, right now, they're the most complete team out there.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 4) -- QB Alex Smith has been turnover-free in the 49ers' four victories. He committed two turnovers in the only loss to Minnesota.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 3) -- I really want to rank these guys higher, and for one simple reason: They're the best team I've seen this year. Odd as it sounds, that loss to Minnesota will strengthen them.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 3) -- They know who they are and what they're good at and that's half the battle.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 3) -- The defense has given up 3 points in the last two weeks and Alex Smith is playing well on offense.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 3) -- The AFC East is waving the white flag as the 49ers have pummeled the Jets and Bills in successive weeks.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 3) -- Call them the 79ers. San Francisco thrashed Buffalo and the New York Jets by a 79-3 margin the past two weeks.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 3) -- This team has had more dominating victories than any other.