3 NFL Takeaways: 49ers Reclaim Status as NFC Favorites

Tim Kelly
December 09, 2019 - 6:21 am

The 5-7 Philadelphia Eagles will host the 2-10 New York Giants on Monday Night Football this evening. After a loss by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football, the Eagles could lose tonight, and still have a shot at winning the NFC East and hosting a first-round playoff game.

Whether it's the Eagles or Cowboys that ultimately win the NFC East, it's entirely possible - if not likely - that the division's winner will finish at 7-9 or 8-8. Meanwhile, they'll almost certainly host one of the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks, whichever of those two doesn't win the NFC West. The 49ers are 11-2, while the Seahawks are 10-3.

It would be bad enough for a team to finish with 12 or 13 wins and have to play on Wild Card weekend. It would be adding insult to injury for either team to have to travel to Philadelphia or Dallas, where each team has had an extremely disappointing season.

That said, ESPN's Adam Schefter says that reseeding teams in the postseason has "never been a consideration" from the NFL. Once every four or five seasons, this issue seems to present itself, but apparently it's not one that the NFL is interested in correcting, even it seems like the overwhelming majority of NFL fans and observers aren't comfortable with the idea of a 7-9 or 8-8 team getting to host a playoff game.

No matter what, the NFL wasn't going to change the structure of its playoffs during the 2019 season, which makes winning the NFC West that much more important for the Seahawks and 49ers. With that in mind, here's a look back at Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season, which included a statement victory by the 49ers:

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