Question: I consider myself a 49er Faithful4Life, win or lose. The question I have is this: For the past couple of weeks, the commentators keep saying the Niners still have a chance at the playoffs. What needs to happen for this to become a reality?
- Kevin Ponder, Sacramento
Answer: Tsk, tsk, Kevin - you must not have read Saturday's paper. The easiest path to the playoffs would be to win the division. If the 49ers win their last two games and the Seattle Seahawks lose their last two, both teams would finish 8-8. San Francisco, however, would win the tiebreaker thanks to their season sweep of the Seahawks. They also would win a tiebreaker if the Rams finished 8-8.
Getting a wild-card berth is more difficult, especially since the 49ers would lose tiebreakers with Philadelphia and Green Bay. They lost to those teams earlier this year.
- Matt Barrows