At 11-2, it’s virtually foolish that the San Francisco 49ers nonetheless stand an opportunity of being the fifth seed in the NFC playoff image. It’s even sillier that they haven’t but clinched a postseason berth.
That’s almost a formality at this level, as all they’ve to do is win a single sport to be assured a spot in the playoffs. However, seeding may come down to their Week 17 rematch towards the rival Seattle Seahawks.
The 49ers may earn the prime seed, which might give them a first-round bye and homefield benefit all through the playoffs. Or they may settle for No. 5 seed, which might imply a street sport in the Wild Card Round.
Or, they may miss the playoffs altogether!
That’s proper: the NFC-leading 49ers can nonetheless be eradicated from the playoffs, albeit via very convoluted means that are unlikely to happen. But it may, so let’s go over what it could take for the 49ers to get disregarded of the postseason.
Step One: Lose out
For the 49ers to miss the playoffs, they don’t simply want to add losses to their general document. They want to smash their convention document for tiebreak functions.
The 49ers play three consecutive NFC opponents to shut out the season: the Falcons, Rams, and Seahawks. They want to lose all three to set this in movement:
- Week 15: Lose to the Falcons
- Week 16: Lose to the Rams
- Week 17: Lose to the Seahawks (once more)
Then the 49ers would end with an 11-5 document.
Step Two: Divisional rivals have to win
To guarantee the 49ers don’t safe the NFC West title, the 10-3 Seahawks want to win it. In order to do that, the Seahawks have to beat the 49ers for the second time this season and win a minimum of one different sport.
In different phrases, the Seahawks have to:
- Week 15: Beat the Panthers OR
- Week 16: Beat the Cardinals AND
- Week 17: Beat the 49ers
That’d give the Seahawks the NFC West title with both a 12-Four or 13-Three document.
Then the 8-5 Rams come into play. They have to win out utterly, together with towards the 49ers:
- Week 15: Beat the Cowboys
- Week 16: Beat the 49ers
- Week 17: Beat the Cardinals
This would put the 49ers and Rams each at 11-5. They would even have break up their season sequence, would have the similar divisional document, AND they might share the similar document in frequent video games.
That means the tiebreaker would go down to greatest convention document, which the Rams would win. Their NFC losses can be a complete of three: to the Buccaneers, Seahawks, and 49ers. The 49ers would have 4 NFC losses: to the Falcons, Rams, and Seahawks (x2).
All of that would land the Rams one in all the wild card spots.
Step three: Fall behind the NFC North
To lose out on the different wild card spot, the 49ers would have to end behind the Packers and Vikings. The 49ers would robotically personal the head-to-head tiebreaker towards Green Bay for their 37-Eight victory over the Packers in Week 12. So the Packers would wish to end with a greater document than the 49ers.
At 10-3, the Packers have already got a win up on the 9-4 Vikings, however this situation additionally calls for the Vikings to beat the Packers in Week 16. If the Vikings win out, they may wind up at 12-Four alongside the Packers, however Green Bay would personal the divisional document tiebreaker over Minnesota in that case.
To win the NFC North, the Packers want to win two of their subsequent three, whereas Minnesota’s half on this contains beating the Packers.
That means the Packers’ subsequent three weeks would have to seem like this:
- Week 15: Beat the Bears
- Week 16: Lose to the Vikings
- Week 17: Beat the Lions
That places the Packers at 12-Four and would give them the NFC North championship.
Now on to the Vikings. They can win out, however to maintain the 49ers from making the playoffs, Minnesota would solely want to win its final two video games.
That seems to be like:
- Week 15: Either consequence vs. Chargers
- Week 16: Beat the Packers
- Week 17: Beat the Bears
Losing to the Chargers however beating the Bears and Packers would make the Vikings even with the 49ers at 11-5. Once once more, the 49ers would lose the tiebreak due to convention information. Minnesota would have three NFC losses: to Chicago, Green Bay, and Seattle, whereas the 49ers would have 4 (to the Falcons, Rams, and Seahawks twice).
If the Vikings occurred to win all three of their remaining video games, they might be tied with the Packers and would lose the tiebreak. They would nonetheless have a greater document than the 49ers (12-Four vs. 11-5) for the wild card spot. They would get the fifth seed whereas the Rams would get the sixth seed.
How the seeding seems to be in the finish
The ultimate information for the Saints and the winners of the NFC East will not be a think about the 49ers lacking the playoffs, so we’ll record them with their very best document for the functions of this seeding.
Here’s how the NFC playoffs would look if all of this have been to happen:
- Saints (13-3)
- Seahawks (12-4)
- Packers (12-4)
- Cowboys/Eagles (9-7)
- Rams (11-5)
- Vikings (11-5)
San Francisco, additionally at 11-5, can be on the outdoors trying in. No different eventualities would work for eliminating the 49ers, although the seeding may change a bit relying on how the Saints and Vikings carry out.
The 49ers would have the greatest document of these groups lacking the NFC playoffs, however they’d be at dwelling whereas the six groups above are combating for the Super Bowl.