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What the Ravens win over the 49ers in Week 16 means for NFL playoff picture

The Ravens crushed the 49ers on Christmas. We break down what it means for the AFC and NFC playoff picture.

Kyle Hamilton #14 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with teammates after his interception during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on December 25, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Loren Elliott/Getty Images

The NFL closed out Week 16 with a matchup of the two best teams in the league and the Christmas night contest ended up entirely one-sided. The Baltimore Ravens crushed the San Francisco 49ers 33-19 thanks in large part to Brock Purdy throwing four interceptions. The game was tight in the first half, but Baltimore pulled away in the second half.

The Ravens improve to 12-3 with the win and maintain their one-game lead on the Dolphins. Baltimore and Miami face off next week on New Year’s Eve with the No. 1 seed on the line. If the Ravens win, they’ll clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs. If the Dolphins win, Miami moves into first place by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker and the No. 1 seed will come down to Week 18.

The 49ers drop to 11-4 with the loss. They remain in first place in the NFC West and No. 1 overall in the NFC standings. They’re tied with the Eagles and Lions and have the tiebreaker over both teams. They have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles and the conference record tiebreaker over the Lions. The 49ers travel to face the Commanders in Week 17.