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How can the 49ers clinch a playoff spot in Week 14

We discuss the scenarios that could see the San Francisco 49ers clinching a playoff spot in Week 14.

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers shake hands after a game at Lumen Field on November 23, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers are riding high after thumping the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. They remain behind the Eagles in the overall standings, but they’re only a game back with Philly heading to Dallas for a critical Week 14 showdown. The 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and a win coupled with an Eagles loss will move San Francisco into the top seed in the NFC.

However, even if the Eagles win, the 49ers can still take care of some business with a win over the Seahawks and some help. San Francisco is all but certain to reach the playoffs regardless of their Week 14 result, but they can formally clinch a playoff berth.

San Francisco 49ers playoff clinching scenarios - Week 14

  1. SF win + GB loss OR
  2. SF win + MIN loss OR
  3. SF win + GB tie + MIN tie

The 49ers are 11-point favorites over the Seahawks at DraftKings Sportsbook. They beat Seattle 31-13 on Thanksgiving and can inch closer to a division title with a win. They can’t clinch the division because the Rams remain in the mix even with a loss. But San Francisco would all but end the divisional race with a win.

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings are both on the road in Week 14. The Packers are a 6.5-point favorite against the New York Giants while the Vikings are a three-point favorite against the Las Vegas Raiders.