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Monday, October 24, 2011
Frederick P. Soft: When 49ers can clinch

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

MikeyMurda asks the question Frederick P. Soft wants the San Francisco 49ers to consider as they sit atop the NFC West with a 5-1 record and three-game lead in the standings.

How early can the Niners clinch the NFC West?

Week 11 is the answer, provided the 49ers get to nine victories by winning their next four games.

The chart puts together a scenario that would allow the 49ers to clinch the division title with a Nov. 20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. It's unlikely San Francisco's division rivals will cooperate to this degree, but they all lost in Week 7.
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