Annually around now, the NFL season tries to put certain teams out to pasture prematurely. With four games remaining for the (7-5) San Francisco 49ers, the 3rd place NFC West team has control of the playoff lives. Basically, if San Francisco wins The rest of season games, they can make it to the wildcard playoff berth. In the very best case scenario, San Francisco will finish up winning the division on the last day of the NFL season.
However, NBC Sunday Night Football analyst, Tony Dungy believes that San Francisco may have a tough time making the postseason. On This week’s interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Dungy stated so it could be tough for a “(10-6) team in the NFC West” to help make the playoffs. Right now there is 6 teams in the NFC with better records than San Francisco. This is exactly why San Francisco’s best, and maybe only chance to help make the postseason is to sweep the month of December.
What’s promising is that San Francisco has beaten the (9-3) Eagles, and the (8-4) Cowboys earlier this season. Therefore, 49ers will have the tie-breaker over any of those teams vying for the wildcard. The NFC East is coming down to a two team race, and Philadelphia features a home game against Dallas left. If the 49ers have anything to express about it, they’ll appreciate the Eagles a little more with a sweep over Dallas. On top, it appears like Dallas has a ridiculously tough schedule in December. With three road games left, and a home game from the Colts, the Cowboys could fold down the stretch again. But, the 2014 Cowboys did not lose on the way this season.
Besides Arizona and Seattle in the NFC West, San Francisco’s biggest competitor for the final wild card spot might come down to the (8-4) Detroit Lions. The Lions face the Buccaneers this week, and finish the growing season with three straight NFC North opponents. Their final game is on the way at Green Bay. There’s a chance that NFC teams could win the division title or overlook the playoffs entirely.
As it pertains down to the San Francisco 49ers, their schedule can be navigated without difficulty if they play well. Two of San Francisco’s opponents hail from the AFC West, while the 2 division foes are directly ahead of the 49ers. In those situations, San Francisco has the chance to kill two birds with one stone.
Their impending game is from the Oakland Raiders on the road. First and foremost, San Francisco needs ahead out strong and demolish the Raiders early. They have to show a semblance of the Super Bowl contenders from the past three years.
Then San Francisco travels to Seattle to redeem their effort from the Thanksgiving night debacle. It’s already been confirmed that Seattle can be beaten at home, but it’s not certain that the 49ers have the capability to get the task done this year. There’s a chance that San Francisco could bypass Seattle with a win. After all, Seattle travels to Philadelphia this week.
The 49ers wind up their remaining schedule with two home games. There’s no question that San Francisco must win the final two games of the season. To date, San Francisco is just a .500 team at home, and they’ve already given away several games in dramatic fashion. If the 49ers just had some of those wins, the whole tenor of the conversation would undertake an alternative tone. Yet, there’s no time and energy to look into the past.
The initial home game is from the San Diego Chargers. It’s likely that San Diego it’s still fighting for one of the coveted AFC playoff spots. Therefore, San Francisco won’t have a straightforward path. If the 49ers are coming from a second loss to the Seattle, the whole structure of the organization is on the line. With Michigan making their decision to fire Brady Hoke, some pundits believe the Wolverines will go heavy to create Jim Harbaugh in. If that is remotely true, San Francisco’s season could be achieved before their final home game.
San Francisco’s season finale has been the oft injured Arizona Cardinals. Even though Cardinals still lead the NFC West, their two game lead over San Francisco might be by the wayside before the week 17 match up.