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How the 49ers can clinch a playoff berth this weekend

Dec 5, 2023, 3:32 PM

Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles du...

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 29: Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 29, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers have a chance to clinch a playoff berth this weekend, but as usual in these situations, a lot has to happen.

A win Sunday against their division rival Seattle Seahawks is just the first step for the 49ers. One of three things has to happen:

  • San Francisco win + Green Bay loss OR
  • San Francisco win + Minnesota loss OR
  • San Francisco win + Green Bay tie + Minnesota tie

The Minnesota Vikings take on the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon. If the Vikings win, then the Red & Gold won’t know their faith until the next day. Green Bay travels to New York for a primetime matchup between the Packers and Giants on Monday Night Football.

If all of that happens, then the 49ers would be one of the first teams to clinch a playoff berth. The only other two possibilities also take place in the NFC, with either the Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys clinching a playoff berth.

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