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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It's back: NFL Playoff Machine goes live

By Mike Sando

The San Francisco 49ers would emerge from the NFC with a 15-1 record and the No. 2 seed if teams with superior records beat teams with lesser records the rest of thew way.

The 49ers would emerge from the NFC with an 11-5 record and the No. 2 seed if home teams beat road teams the rest of the way. They would finish 13-3 and secure the No. 2 seed if teams with higher rankings for total offense won out. They would finish 15-1 and secure the No. 1 seed if teams with higher defensive rankings won out.

It's possible, also, for the Seattle Seahawks to emerge from this season as the fifth or sixth seed in the NFC, among other scenarios.

Those interested in playing around with the nearly endless possibilities can check out ESPN's Playoff Machine, which allows users to produce all possible playoff seeding scenarios by tweaking results for the remaining six weeks of the season.

This will come in handy as the season progresses.