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NFL Playoff Scenarios: Seahawks Lose, 49ers Get Optimal Sunday Result

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The NFC West continues its descent into total anarchy as the Seattle Seahawks joined the St. Louis Rams in losing pivotal battles today. The pair of losses give the 49ers new hope yet again as they remain one game back of both teams with one game to go. We discussed the consequences of St. Louis’ loss earlier today, so we’ll take a look at the Seahawks game now.

The Seahawks looked ready to hang close today as they took an early 7-0 lead and were only down 17-10 at the half. However, the Atlanta Falcons were moving up and down the field and it was only a matter of time before things got ugly. The third quarter saw such ugliness as the Falcons exploded for 17 points and a 34-10 lead. The Seahawks managed eight points in the fourth quarter but it was not going to be enough and they lost 34-18.

If the 49ers were going to win the division heading into today’s games, they would need to win out and have the Rams and Seahawks both lose a pair of games. Seattle hosts St. Louis at home week 17, so this week and next week were the best opportunities for such losses. Seattle got steam-rolled today and now has to travel to Tampa Bay to face a Buccaneers coming off a stinging OT loss to Detroit. We’ll see if the Bucs suffer any kind of hangover or if they’ll hook up 49ers fans.