(ns) If KC holds on and beats Seattle, the 49ers at 3-7 control their own destiny. (1 Viewer)

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That kind of says it all about the NFC West.

(If you're wondering, the 9ers play MNF and would be 1-1/2 games back of St. Louis and Seattle as of Sunday evening. They play both teams and can wind up 5-1 in the division. If the 9ers win out, the best St Louis, Arizona and Seattle can be in the division is 4-2.)

This is not going to happen, but still, it's kind of amazing.
 
That kind of says it all about the NFC West.

(If you're wondering, the 9ers play MNF and would be 1-1/2 games back of St. Louis and Seattle as of Sunday evening. They play both teams and can wind up 5-1 in the division. If the 9ers win out, the best St Louis, Arizona and Seattle can be in the division is 4-2.)

This is not going to happen, but still, it's kind of amazing.
Division champ is based on overall record, not division record.
 
Yes, division champ is based on overall record. But division record is the tiebreaker that would make this scenario possible.

I'll connect the dots.

As of Sunday evening, the 49ers are 3-7 (they play Arizona on MNF). Seattle and St. Louis are both 5-6. Arizona is also 3-7.

If the 49ers win out (which will not happen, but could), they will be 9-7. Because the 49ers still have yet to play games with Seattle, St. Louis and Arizona, if the 49ers win out, then Arizona would be at best 8-8, and St. Louis and Seattle would be at best 9-7.

If the 49ers win out, then they cannot lose a head to head tie breaker with St. Louis or Seattle, since they will have beaten each in their last 6 games of the season.

The next tie breaker is division record.

If they win out, the 49ers would face one of 3 scenarios, depending on how the Rams and Seahawks do. (1) The 49ers could win outright based on record. (2) The 49ers could face a 2 team tie with either the Rams or Seahawks. They would not lose a head-to-head tiebreaker with either, and as scenario 3 shows, they'd win the next tiebreaker, division record. (3) The worst the 49ers could face is a 3-way tie for the division lead at 9-7 between the 49ers, Rams and Seahawks. Again, none of these teams would have swept the other two (head to head).

But, if they won out, the 49ers would only have one division loss, and would end up 5-1 in NFC West games.

If the 49ers win out, neither Seattle nor St. Louis could finish with fewer than 2 division losses.

As a result, if the 3-7 49ers win out, they are your NFC West champions!

(They will of course almost certainly lose on MNF so that nobody needs to think about this anymore.)
 
That kind of says it all about the NFC West.

(If you're wondering, the 9ers play MNF and would be 1-1/2 games back of St. Louis and Seattle as of Sunday evening. They play both teams and can wind up 5-1 in the division. If the 9ers win out, the best St Louis, Arizona and Seattle can be in the division is 4-2.)

This is not going to happen, but still, it's kind of amazing.

This is a wierd situation. I am dreading the thought of us getting the same treatment that N.E. got after their last S.B. win....an 11-5 record and no playoff berth.
 

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