With the playoffs right around the corner and the 49ers taking the weekend off as the No. 1 seed, Niner Noise looks at every possible playoff opponents in the NFC and rates them from weakest to strongest.
With the regular season at an end, the San Francisco 49ers get to sit back and relax for a week as the No. 1 seed, courtesy of a 12-5 record, one of those losses being the Week 18 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams where the top seed was already clinched and the 49ers rested key starters.
While the Niners are resting up, the rest of the NFC playoff opponents will be starting their postseason campaigns this weekend. The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers occupy the No. 2 to No. 7 seeds respectively.
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The 49ers can face most of these teams in the divisional round except for the Cowboys and the Lions, so all of the games will be important regarding who the potential opponent will be.
With the playoffs all set, we've ranked the opponents from most desirable (weakest versus the Niners) to least desirable (strongest) in the NFC.
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers didn't get the memo about needing to rebuild after trading away their franchise quarterback with Aaron Rodgers, with Jordan Love going from a draft bust in the first half of the season to looking like a third straight franchise guy at times down the stretch.
That being said, there are still a lot of holes on this team, defensively, that the 49ers would be able to exploit mercilessly.
And Love still hasn't shown he can overcome an elite team like San Francisco either.
It might be a moot point anyway unless they can shock everyone by being the first team this season to win in Dallas.