SANTA CLARA — No one expected the 49ers would demolish the Packers by 29 points last Sunday.
No one expected the 49ers would make Aaron Rodgers look old, scared and just plain awful.
No one expected the 49ers would be 10-1 right now.
Even the most optimistic projections failed to predict just how good the 49ers would be this season. They’re legitimate Super Bowl contenders — they might even be the favorites. Hard to imagine just a few months ago.
Here are the top five ways the 49ers have exceeded expectations.