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Saturday, January 14, 2012
What 49ers win would mean to NFC West

By Mike Sando

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pete Carroll, Jeff Fisher and Ken Whisenhunt have all won playoff games as head coaches.

Their NFC West rival, Jim Harbaugh, can join them if the San Francisco 49ers defeat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional round Saturday.

Two playoff victories this postseason would give the NFC West three head coaches with Super Bowls on their résumés.

Fisher and Whisenhunt made Super Bowl appearances as head coaches. The NFC East is the only division featuring more than two current head coaches with Super Bowl experience (Mike Shanahan, Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin).

The chart shows playoff victory counts for current head coaches, by division. Bill Belichick's 15 postseason victories give the AFC East a league-high 19.

Coughlin ranks second with nine. Shanahan has eight, followed by John Fox with six and four coaches with five, including Fisher. Whisenhunt is one of four coaches with four.