The NFL emailed out the latest playoff clinching scenarios for Week 15, and the 49ers have their first opportunity to clinch a playoff spot. They will need help from other teams, but the opportunities are officially at hand. According to the NFL, the 49ers will clinch a playoff spot with one of the following formulas:
49ers win + Cardinals loss + Eagles loss/tie
The Cowboys/Eagles part of the equation is impacted by the fact that the Eagles and Cowboys play each other. That guarantees one of them a loss, or both of them a tie.
In the battle for a playoff spot, here is the final three weeks of the schedule for these four teams plus the Panthers. The Panthers and 49ers are even, which means the 49ers have a legitimate chance at climbing ahead of them in the wildcard race. I included the Saints because they have yet to clinch a playoff spot, and their final three games aren't exactly walks in the park. I think at the very least they beat the Bucs, but you never know how the season will end.
|15||@ Bucs||vs. Jets||@ Titans||@ Vikings||vs. Packers||@ Rams|
|16||vs. Falcons||vs. Saints||@ Seahawks||vs. Bears||@ Washington||@ Panthers|
|17||@ Cardinals||@ Falcons||vs 49ers||@ Cowboys||vs. Eagles||vs. Bucs|
Other pertinent playoff scenarios include the Seahawks. Seattle can clinch the NFC West and a first round bye with a win and a 49ers loss. Seattle can clinch home field through the NFC playoffs with a win and losses by the 49ers and Saints.