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Updated NFC Playoff Picture

Posted Dec 24, 2013

The NFC playoff picture became a little bit clearer on Monday night.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman's 89-yard interception return for a touchdown with just over a minute remaining secured the 49ers' win over the Falcons on Monday Night Football and more importantly punched the team's ticket for the postseason joining Seattle and Carolina.

The 49ers can still win the NFC West (with a win over Arizona and a Seattle loss) which would also clinch a first-round bye. San Francisco can take the No. 1 seed if those first two results happen and Carolina loses to Atlanta.

Arizona was the team most impacted by the 49ers win. The Cardinals can still earn a Wild Card spot, but must beat the 49ers in Week 17 and in addition the Saints must lose to the Buccaneers.

The Eagles' scenario is simple. With a win over Dallas, they are the No. 3 seed and will host a Wild Card round game at Lincoln Financial Field against one of four possible teams - Arizona, Carolina, New Orleans and San Francisco. The Eagles are eliminated with a loss.

Chicago and Green Bay are playing for the NFC North title. The winner is in the playoffs and the loser heads home for the season.

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