49ers playoff scenarios for 2013 didn't clear up much on Monday (Dec. 23). The updated 2013 San Francisco 49ers playoff scenarios reveal that the team could finish No. 1, No. 2, No. 5, or No. 6 in the NFC. An impressive win over the Atlanta Falcons during Monday night football at least clinched them a spot in the postseason. Now the final standings could give the team home field advantage or make it a wild card holder.
The win improved San Francisco to 11-4 on the season, putting the team into the first wild card slot in the NFC. The 10-5 New Orleans Saints become the No. 6 seed and the 12-3 Seattle Seahawks remain at No. 1. If the team finishes with an identical record to the Saints then they will become the No. 6 seed, as the Saints won the head-to-head game this season. It's also possible for the team to catch the Seahawks by beating the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 and having the Seahawks lose to the St. Louis Rams.
The best case scenario in the 2013 49ers playoff scenarios is to nab the top seed and host a second round game at Candlestick Park. San Francisco did lose to the 11-4 Carolina Panthers this season, so they cannot finish with the same record as the Panthers, because they would lose that head-to-head tie-breaker as well. If San Francisco finishes in the first wild card spot, they will play the winner of the Week 17 Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers game. If they finish in the second wild card slot, they will play the winner of the Week 17 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys game.
While there are certainly a lot of complex San Francisco 49ers playoff scenarios in 2013, the team has at least made it to the postseason and now has a chance to defend its NFC title from last season.
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