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November 22, 2006
Not yet convinced

Question: Now that the 49ers have done what you considered impossible by beating the Seahawks, has your opininion of their chances at a playoff birth changed? I think four of the six remainding games are winable - St. Louis, Seattle, Green Bay and Arizona. Granted, against more dominant teams, the 49ers have not done well (stinky, in fact), and granted, New Orleans and Denver are stronger opponents, and probably out of reach, but at this point, who knows? In the wacky NFC West anyone (except Arizona) could take the division. Now getting past the first round of the playoffs is another matter entirely.

- Joshua Kewish, Rancho Cordova

Answer: I'm more persuaded, but not yet convinced. I'll tell you what, though, that game in New Orleans is shaping up to be huge in the NFC playoff race. Who would have thought that two teams with a combined seven wins last season would be duking it out for a playoff spot this year? The game also might feature two of the top contenders for coach of the year.

- Matthew Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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