The number one seed in the playoffs went bye-bye this past weekend. At least for now. But it brings back into focus the only goal that seemed reasonable when the season started – making the playoffs at all.
The 49ers are practically a shoo in to accomplish that. One more win and one more loss by the Rams and the Niners are in. You could throw some “tie” scenarios in there, but that seems too corny to waste time on. As does bringing up how the Bears might factor in.
Since the Rams play the Seahawks this coming Sunday, the Niners can’t help but be helped, one way or the other. Unless the 49ers lose and the Seahawks lose, making the following week the same scenario as this week. Basically, if either the Seahawks or 49ers win their final four games, that team wins the NFC West.
At any rate, here we are with only four games left to the 2019 season and the 49ers currently have as good a chance as any team in the NFC of going to the Super Bowl, from a top seed position or a wild card one. Quite a turn around from a 4-12 season last year.
Next up is New Orleans, the last leg of playing three straight games against division leaders. The Saints have looked a bit wobbly of late, so beating them is a good possibility. If not this Sunday, then they might get another crack in the playoffs. The way things look in the NFC right now, the Niners will have to play teams in the playoffs they’ve just finished playing already in the last month of the season – Seattle, Green Bay, and/or the Saints.
And when it’s all said and done, we’ll most likely be bitching and moaning all winter long about what could have been if … The price of having a contender – four months of fun, followed by six months of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. Just in time for a new season!