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Saturday, November 10, 2012
710ESPN Seattle audio: Catching the 49ers

By Mike Sando

The San Francisco 49ers were already the team to beat in the NFC West before charging out to a 6-2 record and two-game lead over Seattle in the loss column.

What would it take for the Seahawks (5-4) to overtake them? The question hadn't occurred to me until former Seattle and Denver linebacker Dave Wyman raised it five-plus minutes into our recent conversation on 710ESPN Seattle.

I think it would most likely require the 49ers slumping into a 10-6 tie with the Seahawks and having Seattle prevail in a tiebreaker. That simply isn't very likely given what we've seen from San Francisco to this point.

For Seattle, getting to 10-6 would be most plausible by these means:

Next comes the hard part: having the 49ers slip to 10-6. I don't see San Francisco losing at home to St. Louis, Miami or Arizona. Let's count those games in the win column for our purposes here. Losing to the Rams in St. Louis also appears unlikely.

Under this scenario, the 49ers would have to lose at home to Chicago before losing road games to New Orleans, New England and Seattle.

Not something to bank on.

Also: additional audio from a separate Thursday-night conversation on 710ESPN Seattle, this one hosted by Mike Salk.