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How the 49ers can clinch a playoff berth in Week 14

Everyone will be rooting for the New York Giants and Aidan O’Connell

Kansas City Chiefs v Green Bay Packers Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The top teams in the NFC have separated themselves enough from the pack to the point where each of the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys all have playoff clinching scenarios in Week 14.

The 49ers can clinch if the following happens:

1) 49ers win + Green Bay Packers loss OR
2) 49ers win + Minnesota Vikings loss OR
3) 49ers win + Packers tie + Vikings tie

Green Bay is on the road next Monday against the New York Giants. The Packers are favored by 6.5 points. Another way to read that is they have an implied win probability against the Giants of 75 percent.

The Vikings are on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders. They’re not as much of a lock to win as the Packers are. Minnesota has an implied win probability of 61.8 percent.

The Vikings will likely get star wide receiver Justin Jefferson back from injury, but they haven’t announced a starting quarterback.

The 49ers can only control what they can control, and that means they have to beat a Seattle Seahawks team that will be desperate for a win to remain in the NFC West and playoff hunt. The Niners will get the Seahawks’ best shot this Sunday.