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Ranking the 6 NFC playoff teams the 49ers would least like to face

How would you rank them?

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With two weeks left in the regular season and three playoff spots available in the NFC, it’s time to peek at potential playoff opponents for the 49ers. If the 49ers win out, they will have the bye week in the NFC. The Eagles, Cowboys, and Lions have all clinched playoff spots with the NFC South and two wild card spots up for grabs.

Things can change in the next two weeks, but let’s pretend the playoffs start tomorrow and rank the teams the 49ers would least like to face, starting with the easiest to the toughest.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While there is no doubt that Baker Mayfield is having a career renaissance, the 49ers would surely handle this team in the divisional round, should they advance. The Bucs defense allows 356.2 yards per game and has allowed 32 touchdowns on the season. The only playoff team in the hunt in the NFC with more yards allowed than the Bucs is the...

Seattle Seahawks

You have to hand it to Pete Carroll. His team is finding ways to win games and, with two more wins, will secure a second consecutive playoff berth with Geno Smith as the starter. The rivalry has flipped to the 49ers side with five consecutive victories, and a matchup in the playoffs would be the second consecutive year the 49ers would have to beat Seattle three times. The 49ers are the better team, but I’d rather face Tampa Bay.

Philadelphia Eagles

You might think the Eagles are too low on this list. Personally, I have a tough time seeing them return to the NFC Championship game with how their offense and defense have performed.

Adding Matt Patricia to call plays on defense is a sure sign of panic in the building, the offense isn’t nearly as cohesive as it has been in years past, and there is something fragile about this team heading into the playoffs. If Philadelphia were to run into Detroit, I don’t think they advance. Speaking of...

Detroit Lions

Yes, I realize Jared Goff is the Lions’ quarterback and can be rattled, but the Lions boast one of the best offensive lines and tons of firepower on offense. Ben Johnson has done an incredible job with this offense as Sam LaPorta and Jahmyr Gibbs have added dimensions to this offensive attack as the first rookies to have nine plus touchdowns as a rookie tandem.

The Lions’ defense can be beaten, and they would have to travel outside of their dome, but they have an offense that can go blow for blow and keep them in games.

Dallas Cowboys

The 49ers thoroughly embarrassed Dallas on SNF earlier in the year. Dallas has done what they normally do each season. They’ve beaten the inferior opponents and made media analysts wonder if this is their year. However, as usual, Dallas has a tough time with winning teams losing to Miami and Buffalo.

So why is Dallas ranked here? The 49ers would have to beat the Cowboys for the fourth consecutive time. There’s no doubt the 49ers are in Dallas’ heads at this point and always have the opportunity to turn their lights out. But Dallas does have game wreckers on the defensive line, and beating any team four consecutive times is no easy task.

Los Angeles Rams

Now, hold on. Just hear me out. As a divisional opponent, these matchups can get weird. Secondly, the Rams have the trajectory of a team figuring things out at the right time. Kyren Williams has the Rams rushing attack back on track, Puka Nacua has been an absolute gem in the draft, Cooper Kupp is back and looks healthy as ever, and Matthew Stafford is possibly playing the best football of his career.

The 49ers haven’t lost to the Rams in quite a while in the regular season. If the Rams find themselves in a matchup with the 49ers, it could be following beating some impressive opponents. Beware of the team that gets hot at the right time. Stranger things have happened.