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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
BBAO: 49ers deny Packers top seed

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The San Francisco 49ers' convincing victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Steelers denied the Green Bay Packers an opportunity to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Packers' next chance will come Saturday at CenturyLink Field, where a 49ers loss to the Seattle Seahawks would do the trick.

If the 49ers win again, the Packers can still secure the top seed with a victory Sunday night over the Chicago Bears.

At this moment, the Packers are 13-1, while the 49ers and New Orleans Saints are 11-3. The Packers have the tiebreaker over the Saints by virtue of their victory in the teams' Week 1 matchup.

Continuing around the NFC North: