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What 49ers win over Bucs in Week 11 means for NFL playoff picture in NFC

San Francisco beat Tampa Bay 27-14 on Sunday. We break down what it means for the NFC playoff picture.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers outlasted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 27-14 in Week 11 of the NFL season.

With the win, San Francisco remains in first place in the NFC West with a 7-3 record. The 49ers are looking at a short week, as they will hit the road to face the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 23. This primetime matchup will determine sole possession of first place in the NFC West.

The Philadelphia Eagles remain the top seed in the NFC with an 8-1 record heading into their crucial Monday Night Football matchup at the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11. The Detroit Lions are currently No. 2 in the conference with an 8-2 record after a miraculous comeback against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Then, the Dallas Cowboys and 49ers are tied for the NFC’s No. 3 seed at 7-3 overall, but it’s important to note that the 49ers have a head-to-head tiebreaker over Dallas, as they beat the Cowboys 42-10 in early October.

As for the Buccaneers, the loss gives them a 4-6 record and puts them further away from the playoff conversation. While they aren’t out of the wild card race, perhaps the Bucs’ best chance at making the playoffs will come from winning the NFC South. Currently, the New Orleans Saints lead the division with a 5-5 record, and Tampa Bay is only one game behind while tied with the Atlanta Falcons for second place.

Tampa Bay will look to get back on track in Week 12 while hitting the road to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, November 26.