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.

Live updates and highlights can be found below.

4:01 a.m.
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Niners are piling it on

By Mark Maske

It’s really ugly now, as the 49ers added a 15-yard touchdown run by Raheem Mostert. (49ers 37, Packers 8 with 4:58 left in the 4th quarter)

3:33 a.m.
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49ers respond quickly

By Mark Maske

The Niners wasted no time responding to the Packers’ touchdown with one of their own. Tight end George Kittle scored on a 61-yard pass and run. (49ers 30, Packers 8 with 2:55 left in the 3rd quarter)

3:30 a.m.
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Packers get on the board

By Mark Maske

Green Bay won’t be shut out, at least. The Packers scored on what technically was a two-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Davante Adams, who took a forward flip from Rodgers on what amounted to an end-around. The drive included consecutive penalties on the Niners’ Richard Sherman. Adams also caught a two-point conversion pass from Rodgers. (49ers 23, Packers 8 with 3:52 left in the 3rd quarter)

2:55 a.m.
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49ers in complete control at halftime

By Scott Allen

Chase McLaughlin booted a 48-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give San Francisco a 23-0 lead. Lucky for him, Aaron Rodgers hasn’t seen many defenses like San Francisco’s. The Packers’ quarterback was 10 for 20 for 41 yards in the first half, as Green Bay managed only 60 total yards as a team. Rodgers, who was also sacked three times, lost a fumble on Green Bay’s opening series that led to a Tevin Coleman touchdown run.

The teams combined to go 0 for 14 on third down in the first half. San Francisco had one of the few explosive plays of the first half, a 42-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Deebo Samuel late in the second quarter. (49ers 23, Packers 0 at halftime)

2:45 a.m.
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49ers score another touchdown before halftime

By Scott Allen

San Francisco is in complete control after rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel caught a Jimmy Garoppolo pass on a short crossing route and raced 42 yards to the end zone. Garoppolo, who was having a quiet first half before that scoring play, is now 9 for 13 for 121 yards. (49ers 20, Packers 0 with 0:58 left in the 2nd quarter)

2:37 a.m.
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San Francisco extends lead

By Scott Allen

Chase McLaughlin kicked his second field goal of the night, this one from 27 yards, to cap a seven-play, 59-yard drive that featured a pair of receptions by George Kittle. The San Francisco tight end, who missed the previous two games with knee and ankle injuries, has four catches for 46 yards in the half. (49ers 13, Packers 0 with 2:55 left in the 2nd quarter)

2:15 a.m.
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49ers stop Aaron Jones on fourth and short

By Scott Allen

After 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward tackled Davante Adams to bring up fourth and 1 from the San Francisco 28, the Packers left their offense on the field rather than attempt a long field goal. Out of a timeout, Aaron Jones was stopped for no gain, and San Francisco took over on downs. (49ers 10, Packers 0 with 11:06 left in the 2nd quarter)

2:05 a.m.
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San Francisco’s defense dominates first quarter

By Scott Allen

The Packers managed only 16 yards on 14 plays against San Francisco’s second-ranked defense in the first quarter. Aaron Rodgers was 4 for 8 for 24 yards, and Green Bay failed to convert on any of its four third downs. The Packers’ defense hasn’t been bad, limiting San Francisco to 59 yards on 15 plays. Blake Martinez sacked Jimmy Garoppolo on the final play of the quarter to force a 49ers punt. Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who left with a knee injury, has been ruled out. (49ers 10, Packers 0 at the end of the first quarter)

1:55 a.m.
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49ers add to lead with a field goal

By Scott Allen

Chase McLaughlin drilled a 29-yard field goal to cap a seven-play, 40-yard drive that was aided by a key Green Bay penalty. An illegal hands to the face call on cornerback Kevin King extended San Francisco’s march after Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked on third down. Jeff Wilson ran for 25 yards on the next play to the Green Bay 16. In other bad news for the Packers, right tackle Bryan Bulaga headed to the locker room with an apparent injury. (49ers 10, Packers 0 with 3:13 left in the 1st quarter)

1:30 a.m.
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San Francisco strikes first after turnover

By Scott Allen

The 49ers won the toss and elected to defer, giving the Packers the ball first. San Francisco sacked Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on third down and Fred Warner knocked the ball loose. Nick Bosa recovered at the Packers’ 2, and on San Francisco’s first play from scrimmage, Tevin Coleman plowed across the goal line for the touchdown. (49ers 7, Packers 0 with 13:02 left in the 1st quarter)

12:45 a.m.
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Two NFC heavyweights face off

It’s a high-powered Sunday night matchup in Santa Clara, Calif., when the San Francisco 49ers host the Green Bay Packers.

Both are in contention for the top seed in the NFC playoffs, with the Niners at 9-1 and the Packers at 8-2.

It’s also an intriguing head coaching matchup with the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan going against a protegee, the Packers’ Matt LaFleur. They have an extensive history together that included a stint as fellow Washington Redskins assistant coaches working for Shanahan’s father Mike.

Kyle Shanahan has turned things around for the Niners in Year 3 of his tenure, after going 10-22 in his first two seasons. The 49ers lead the league in pass defense and are ranked second in total defense and scoring defense. The offense has been less celebrated, as there have been times during the season when it appeared the 49ers needed more from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Even so, they’re ranked fifth in the NFL in total offense and second in scoring offense.

This game begins a brutal stretch of the 49ers’ schedule, with road games at Baltimore and New Orleans to follow. Injuries have been a major issue lately. Tight end George Kittle and wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel are listed as questionable for this game on the injury report. Tailback Matt Breida and kicker Robbie Gould are doubtful. The 49ers will be without defensive end Dee Ford and offensive tackle Joe Staley.

It’s a homecoming game for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was born in Chico, Calif., and played collegiately at Cal. The season began with so much scrutiny of the relationship between LaFleur and Rodgers. Things have worked out just fine, as Rodgers has 17 touchdown passes, two interceptions and a passer rating of 102.7.

12:40 a.m.
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How to watch Green Bay at San Francisco

Here is information for how to watch this week’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup:

When: Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET

Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

TV: NBC

Streaming: Yahoo Sports