- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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A look at what San Francisco 49ers fans should be rooting for as they monitor the NFC playoff race in Week 16:
Saturday, 1 p.m. ET
Arizona at Cincinnati: no rooting interest for playoff purposes. 49ers fans sick of hearing about a weak NFC West might want Arizona (and Seattle) to finish strong. But if the Cardinals were to lose, hey, that's not bad for a 49ers fan, either.
Saturday, 4:05 p.m. ET
San Diego at Detroit: no rooting interest for playoff purposes, leaving 49ers fans to root for a last-second Chargers victory and an overzealous handshake from usually reserved Chargers coach Norv Turner.
Saturday, 4:15 p.m. ET
Philadelphia at Dallas: no rooting interest for playoff purposes. Watching the Cowboys lose might have some appeal for 49ers fans still smarting over Dallas' victory at Candlestick Park in Week 2.
San Francisco at Seattle: a 49ers victory, obviously. A 49ers victory and a Saints defeat would deliver the No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye to San Francisco. The 49ers might also remain in contention for the No. 1 seed.
Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET
Chicago at Green Bay: a Bears victory. This would make it possible for the 49ers and Packers to finish tied atop the NFC at 13-3. Conference records would be the same, but the 49ers would have a better record in games against common opponents, 5-0 to 4-1 (St. Louis, Tampa Bay, the Giants and the Lions).
Atlanta at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. ET: a Falcons victory. The 49ers would clinch the NFC's second seed with a victory over Seattle and a Saints defeat.
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A look at what San Francisco 49ers fans should be rooting for as they monitor the NFC playoff race in Week 16:Saturday, 1 p.m. ET Arizona at Cincinnati: no rooting interest for playoff purposes.