49ers schedule works to their advantage

49ers schedule works to their advantage
November 27, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Cardinals have two home games and three road games left, while the 49ers have three home games and two away games. (USATSI)

The 49ers and Arizona Cardinals are three games behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West standings.

Currently, the 49ers have the edge on the Cardinals for the No. 6 seed in the playoffs due to their 32-20 victory in the first head-to-head meeting on Oct. 13.

But the 49ers also have the schedule in their favor for the final spot in the NFC playoffs. The Cardinals face a remaining schedule that features three teams with winning records. The 49ers only remaining games against teams with .500 or better marks are against Seattle and Arizona.

Three of Arizona’s remaining games are on the road, while the 49ers play three home games. But the 49ers and Cardinals square off on the final Sunday of the regular season, Dec. 29, at Arizona.

The Carolina Panthers (8-3) currently have control of the No. 5 seed in the playoffs as the top non-division winner. The Panthers also would hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over the 49ers. The NFC East (Dallas and Philadelphia) and NFC North (Chicago and Detroit) feature teams with 6-5 records, giving the 49ers and Cardinals a one-game edge of those teams in wild-card scenarios.

SEATTLE (10-1)
Opp. Rec: 32-23 (.582)
Week 13: New Orleans (9-2)
Week 14: at 49ers (7-4)
Week 15: at N.Y. Giants (4-7)
Week 16: Arizona (7-4)
Week 17: St. Louis (5-6)

Opp. Rec: 33-22 (.600)
Week 13: at Philadelphia (6-5)
Week 14: St. Louis (5-6)
Week 15: at Tennessee (5-6)
Week 16: at Seattle (10-1)
Week 17: 49ers (7-4)

49ERS (7-4)
Opp. Rec: 27-28 (.491)
Week 13: St. Louis (5-6)
Week 14: Seattle (10-1)
Week 15: at Tampa Bay (3-8)
Week 16: Atlanta (2-9)
Week 17: at Arizona (7-4)


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