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.