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What 49ers win over Seahawks in Week 14 means for NFL playoff picture in NFC

The 49ers beat the Seahawks in Week 14. We break down what it means for the NFC playoff picture.

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown during the third quarter in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium on December 10, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Sunday night update: The Cowboys beat the Eagles on Sunday Night Football to take over the NFC East lead and knock the Eagles out of the No. 1 seed, which is now held by the 49ers. The 49ers, Eagles, and Cowboys all have 10-3 records, but the 49ers beat the Eagles and Cowboys decisively this season and own the tiebreaker. The 49ers control the No. 1 seed and the bye week that comes with it if they can win out.

The San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-16 in Week 14. San Francisco benefitted from Seattle starting quarterback Geno Smith being declared inactive and its going with Drew Lock in relief. The 49ers’ offense continued clicking and the defense was able to step up after allowing 10 points in the first quarter.

The NFC West standings weren’t going to change with this game’s result. The 49ers remain atop the division with a four-game lead over the Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. San Francisco is also sitting at the No. 2 spot in the NFC playoff picture. If the Philadelphia Eagles lose to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, San Francisco would move up to the No. 1 spot due to head-to-head victories over both teams.

Seattle falls to third place in the NFC West. They have the same record as the Rams but lost both of the head-to-head divisional matchups against them. The Seahawks are now the 9-seed in the NFC playoff picture behind Los Angeles, the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.

San Francisco will go on the road to face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15. They will end the season with games against the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Commanders and Los Angeles. Seattle will host the Eagles in Week 15 and then end the season with the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.