The 49ers got off pretty lightly in the eyes of the voters in the latest Associated Press Pro32 NFL power rankings, released Tuesday.
Despite being thoroughly trounced at home Sunday by the New York Giants, the 49ers fell only two spots to No. 5 in the rankings. For that they can thank their NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks, whose 24-23 win over New England on Sunday dropped the Patriots from fifth to eighth in the poll, which is based on votes from 12 media members.
The Giants jumped from seventh to second after beating the 49ers 26-3.
The Atlanta Falcons took over the top spot after beating the Raiders 23-20 Sunday, and Houston fell from first to fourth after its 42-24 home loss to Green Bay.
The Baltimore Ravens moved up a spot to third after beating Dallas 31-29 on Sunday.
Here are the voters' comments on the 49ers after Week 6, as provided by the AP (voter affiliation and ranking in parentheses):
Chris Berman (ESPN, 4) -- Lesson learned, hopefully.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 3) -- Will be interesting to see how they respond to getting blitzed by Giants.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 5) -- Comment unavailable
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 4) -- Very uncharacteristic performance from Alex Smith with three interceptions. Still a playoff team.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 3) -- Were the 49ers too amped up in trying to avenge last year's NFC championship game loss to the Giants? Sure looked that way.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 5) -- The NFL's top-ranked defense and top-ranked rushing offense is a difficult combination to beat unless you're the New York Giants.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 6) -- Talk about an overreaction. One loss, and people want to jettison Alex Smith. This is a good team that had a bad day. It happens.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 5) -- When the ground game becomes an afterthought, they're vulnerable.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 5) -- Last week I debated about the Niners as the top team in the league. Now they have two games (Vikings and Giants) that raise questions.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 6) -- The 49ers were punched in the mouth by the G-Men and had no answer. Still a very good team that will contend this year.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 5) -- After failing to avenge last season's NFC Championship game loss to the Giants, the 49ers now must win Thursday against Seattle to maintain at least a share of first place in the NFC West.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 5) -- They have played two teams with current winning records and lost to both of them.