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The San Francisco 49ers' Playoff Outlook

The San Francisco 49ers currently sit as the 6 seed in the NFC. With the Arizona Cardinals tied with the 49ers, however, this spot is by no means secure. Teams from the NFC Central and East are also pushing for that last spot, with the Carolina Panthers looking somewhat comfortable as the 5 seed, especially after beating the 49ers a couple of weeks ago.

As for the division title, the Seattle Seahawks have all but wrapped up the NFC West after two straight years of the 49ers as champions. Unless Seattle suddenly falls flat or gets everyone suspended—Richard Sherman had better behave himself for the rest of the season—the 3 games will be extremely difficult for the 49ers to make up.

The 49ers appeared to have a fairly easy schedule from here on out—a couple of weeks ago that is. Teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cardinals are all of the sudden looking good. Throw in a game against Seattle and the resurgent St. Louis Rams, as well as a game against the poor performing but talented Atlanta Falcons, and the 49ers have their hands full.

The 49ers do have a good shot of making the playoffs, especially with Michael Crabtree and Aldon Smith back, but it will not be a walk in the park.

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  • loverpoint

    It all depends on how Monday nights game is settled between New Orleans @ Seattle. If Seattle loses their chances of winning the NFC West drop dramatically.

    Plain and Simply the 49ers have to win all their remaining games and there is no doubt that they will make the playoffs, the toughest games on their schedule are all divisional games, 2 of the 3 are at home. If the 49ers cannot prove that they can win at home then they do not deserve to be in the playoffs. It is still possible for them to move up to #5 seed and even #2 seed.

  • marty

    Beating up the Washington defenseis nothing big, as a matter fact 49ers offense struggled against them in the first half. These last few games are against hot teams that play big time defense. This year teams have dominated the 49ers offense ( lost all 4 games). If the 49ers fail to advance, it will no question about why. These players are to good on offense to struggle the way it does.