If you're still in the group of folks who are rooting for the 49ers to make it to the playoffs, read on. If you subscribe to the line of thinking that the 49ers are done for and should just shoot for better draft positioning, then surely you're sick of this talk by now. Either way, getting it all out there right now: the 49ers are still in the hunt for the NFC West.
They're shooting for a division title and a 7-9 finish with two games remaining, both against NFC West competition. A win against the San Diego Chargers would have set them up nicely for an 8-8 finish, but it wasn't to be. They were pushed around, dominated and thoroughly embarrassed by the Chargers. Now they remain back behind the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams.
So where do they sit? For one, they absolutely have to win next week's game against the Rams and the following game against the Cardinals. Winning out is the only thing the 49ers can do on their end. On the other side of things, if both Seattle and St. Louis lose at least two games, while the 49ers hold up their end of the bargain, the 49ers will win the division at 7-9. The Rams and Seahawks play eachother in week 17, so either of them could get a win on Sunday and the 49ers would still be alright.
This weekend, the Seahawks take on the very tough Atlanta Falcons and that doesn't appear to be a winnable game for them. The Rams take on the Kansas City Chiefs, who are themselves looking to solidify their place at the top of the AFC West, especially after the Chargers beat the 49ers.
The following week, Seattle has Tampa Bay and the Rams will be taking on the 49ers. Tampa Bay is trying to hang on in their division, while the Rams already lost to the 49ers once. It doesn't look all that bad for the 49ers at this point, but what are you rooting for, anyway?