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Outlining the 49ers Playoff Scenarios

Posted Dec 17, 2013

San Francisco could finish anywhere from first to sixth in the NFC postseason race.

NFL.com provides an if-the-season-ended-today picture of the 2013 postseason. 49ers.com outlines the team’s scenarios one by one, and they are many. San Francisco could finish anywhere from first to sixth in the six-team NFC playoff seeding.


San Francisco makes the playoffs with a win or an Arizona loss.

If the Cardinals win their Week 16 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers would remain alive for home field advantage and a first-round bye.

There is no scenario in which San Francisco would host a Wild Card playoff game at Candlestick Park.


San Francisco wins the division with two victories and two Seahawks losses down the stretch. If this happens, the 49ers earn a first-round bye.

If the winner of a Week 16 matchup between New Orleans and Carolina loses in Week 17 – the Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Panthers visit the Atlanta Falcons – then San Francisco would earn the No. 1 seed and have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The 49ers are the only team that can take the top seed from the Seahawks.

READ: NFC West Report


If San Francisco wins both of its remaining games, and Seattle wins one of its final two, the 49ers will be the No. 5 seed. 

If San Francisco loses both, but Arizona loses this week to Seattle, the 49ers will be the No. 6 seed.

If San Francisco goes 1-1 down the stretch, seeding depends on whether the loser of the Saints-Panthers game in Week 16 wins in Week 17. The 49ers would be the No. 6 seed if they finish with the same record as either team.

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