It’s well beyond the point at which anyone should be wondering whether the San Francisco 49ers are for real. They are. They have established themselves as one of the NFL’s elite teams this season.

Now the issue becomes, looking forward to a possible Super Bowl run through the rugged NFC, how they stack up against other upper-tier teams. The answer is that they stack up pretty darn well, at least if Sunday night’s matchup with the Green Bay Packers is any indication. The Niners overwhelmed the Packers, 37-8, in Santa Clara, Calif.

“We’ve got a hell of a football team,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo told NBC after the game. “We come out and it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, where we’re playing. We’re gonna bring it every night.”

The 49ers improved to 10-1 and remain alone in first place in the NFC West and in front in the chase for the conference’s No. 1 playoff seed. This began a demanding three-game stretch of their schedule in which the 49ers next will play road games at Baltimore and New Orleans. But if they play like they did Sunday night, the 49ers look next to unbeatable.

“It’s an opportunity for us to show the football team that we have,” tight end George Kittle said. “We’re just looking forward to it. It’s gonna be a great challenge for us. We can’t wait to play these guys. We’re looking forward to our next game and I can’t wait to play it.”

The 49ers raced to a 23-0 halftime lead and never looked back. They ran for two touchdowns, in all, and Garoppolo threw for two more. Kittle returned from knee and ankle injuries to provide a 61-yard touchdown catch and run.

“Sitting in the [press] box isn’t a lot of fun,” he told NBC. “But being able to just help contribute to the team, whether it’s run game or pass game, caching the ball. It’s just fun to interact with the guys on the sideline.”

Garoppolo also teamed with wide receiver Deebo Samuel for a 42-yard touchdown. The defense sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers five times and forced a fumble by Rodgers that set up an early touchdown.

It was a homecoming to forget for Rodgers, who was born in Chico, Calif., and played in college at Cal. He threw for only 104 yards on his 33 passing attempts and was given a mercifully early exit by Coach Matt LaFleur with the game out of hand. The Packers dropped to 8-3 as they fell into a first-place tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.

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