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Morning Tailgate: 49ers Playoff Scenarios

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Today's Morning Tailgate examines the 49ers playoff scenarios and the regular season finale at Candlestick Park.

Win, and we’re in.

The San Francisco 49ers can clinch a playoff berth in the final regular season game at Candlestick Park with a victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

The 49ers could have clinched on Sunday with an Arizona loss, but the resilient Cardinals beat the Seahawks and Russell Wilson at Century Link Field, handing Seattle a loss at home for the first time in two seasons.

With that result, the 49ers are still in play for the NFC West crown, the NFC’s No. 1 seed, home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and potential playoff games at The ‘Stick.

Yes, that can happen…

If the 49ers beat the Falcons on Monday and the Cardinals in Week 17, the 49ers are assured of the NFC’s No. 5 seed.

If San Francisco wins both games and Seattle loses at home to a surging St. Louis team in Week 17, the 49ers will win the NFC West for a third consecutive season. San Francisco will also earn a first-round bye.

If all that goes down and the Carolina Panthers lose at home against the Falcons in Week 17, the 49ers would finish as the NFC’s No. 1 seed.

The 49ers need help in those aforementioned scenarios, but a win on “Monday Night Football” guarantees that the team’s quest for a sixth Super Bowl can resume.

San Francisco’s front office is urging fans to arrive early for Monday's game:

The game will start at 5:40 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid the rush-hour commute period. All parking lots and stadium gates will open an hour earlier than usual on Monday. Parking will open at 1:30 p.m. and all stadium gates will open at 2 p.m. The 49ers recommend fans carpool and/or utilize public transportation when possible. The 49ers offer  an all-inclusive express shuttle service with the 49ers Experience. For more information, please visit 49ersExperience.com or call 1-877-49 49ERS (494-9377). For information on public transportation, please visit www.sfmta.com/football or call them directly by dialing 311.

Today’s Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm, looks at 49ers.com coverage on the final game at Candlestick.


Niner Talk Bonus on Saying Goodbye

Saying Farewell on Social Media

Jim Harbaugh’s ‘Stick Memories

Eddie DeBartolo Talks Stadiums Old, New

Montana Calls Finale 'Bittersweet'

Top 10 Moments in Candlestick History

Players, Pundits Weigh in on Last Game



Candlestick on "Monday Night Football"

The Top Moments in Candlestck's Past

Behind the Scenes at The 'Stick

Landscape Shots Through the Years

Celebrities and Entertainment on the Field

Dwight Clark's "The Catch" in Pictures

The Faithful, Always Dedicated, in Photos



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