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Monday, September 30, 2013
San Francisco 49ers still on playoff pace

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Some random thoughts on a Monday as the rest of the NFL caught up with the San Francisco 49ers, who started Week 4 off Thursday night with a 35-11 win at St. Louis:

The 49ers are 2-2, and a quarter into the season they are tied with NFC West foe Arizona for the final wild-card spot. San Francisco trails rival Seattle, 4-0, by two games after the Seahawks came back from down 14 points in the fourth quarter to win at Houston in overtime. It’s the same Texans team the 49ers host on Sunday. The 49ers are going to be playing a shell-shocked team on 10 days rest.

The final 12 games for San Francisco don't currently look overly daunting. Only three remaining opponents, Seattle, New Orleans (3-0 heading into tonight’s game against Miami) and Tennessee (3-1) have a winning record.

Speaking of the Titans, quarterback Jake Locker was hurt Sunday and it appears the 49ers will face Ryan Fitzpatrick in Nashville in 20 days.

The 49ers’ 2014 draft continues to look like it's getting better. Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs improved to 4-0 on Sunday. The 49ers received a second-round pick in April for Smith and they will get another second-round pick if the Chiefs win eight games this season. Thus, if the Chiefs go 4-8 the rest of the season, the 49ers will get the second-round pick.