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How 49ers' loss to Titans impacts NFC playoff picture


The 49ers (8-7) didn't lose any ground in the NFC playoff picture with Thursday night's loss to the Tennessee Titans and Sunday's slate of games. 

MSNBC's Steve Kornacki broke down all of the playoff scenarios prior to Thursday night's game, and the 49ers' playoff odds dropped to 76 percent with the 20-17 loss at Nissan Stadium.

"At 8-7, the 49ers then would only be a half-game up on three teams, the Vikings, the Eagles, the Saints, you get very close to that cut line right there at the seventh spot," Kornacki said.

As Kornacki noted, the 49ers do have the head-to-head tiebreaker over both the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles after beating both teams earlier this season. The 49ers and Saints did not play against each other in 2021.

In Week 16, the Vikings -- who were without star running back Dalvin Cook lost to the Los Angeles Rams 30-23.

The Eagles beat the lowly New York Giants and Mike Glennon 34-10 and emerged from Week 16 with an 8-7 record.

The Saints are down to starting rookie Ian Book at quarterback against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, so a victory is far from a guarantee.

Here is where the NFC stands following Sunday's games.

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1. Green Bay Packers (12-3)

2. Dallas Cowboys (11-4)

3. Los Angeles Rams (11-4)

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-4)

5. Arizona Cardinals (10-5)

6. 49ers (8-7)

7. Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)

8. New Orleans Saints (7-8)

9. Minnesota Vikings (7-8)

10. Atlanta Falcons (7-8)

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