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2011 49ers: Dream scenario for Week 16

1/1/2012

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.

  • New York Giants at New York Jets: no rooting interest for playoff purposes.

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).

Monday night

  • 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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