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December 22, 2006
The road to the playoffs


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



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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