Where 49ers stand in NFC playoff race after beating Falcons


The 49ers had their way with the Atlanta Falcons, dominating their NFC opponent 31-13 Sunday at Levi's Stadium. The win had big playoff implications, too. 

San Francisco entered the day with a 7-6 record. Atlanta was 6-7, right behind them in the playoff standings. Now that the 49ers are 8-6 and the Falcons are 6-8, things look much different for the two squads. NBC's Steve Kornacki gave the 49ers a 91 percent chance of making the playoffs with a win against the Falcons. A loss would have dropped them down to 35 percent. 

As far as where they sit in the standings, though, nothing really changed for the 49ers. 

Even with the win, the 49ers remain the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Los Angeles Rams (9-4) are the No. 5 seed and don't play until Tuesday night, but still would be ahead of the 49ers with a loss. However, the 49ers did beat the Rams earlier this season. 

The 49ers and Rams play each other again in the regular-season finale in L.A.

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If the season were to end after Week 15, the 49ers would play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs at Raymond James Stadium.

Next up, the 49ers take on the Tennessee Titans on Thursday at Nissan Stadium. Until then, here is the current NFC playoff picture. 

NFC playoff standings

Playoff picture

No. 1: Green Bay Packers (11-3) -- Clinched NFC North

No. 2: Dallas Cowboys (10-4)

No. 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-4)

No. 4: Arizona Cardinals (10-4)

No. 5: Los Angeles Rams (10-4)

No. 6: San Francisco 49ers (8-6)

No. 7: Minnesota Vikings (7-7)

Outside looking in

No. 8: Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)

No. 9: New Orleans Saints (7-7)

No. 10: Washington Football Team (6-8)

No. 11: Atlanta Falcons (6-8)

No. 12: Carolina Panthers (5-9)

No. 13: Seattle Seahawks (5-9)

No. 14: New York Giants (4-10)

Eliminated from playoff contention

No. 15: Chicago Bears (4-10)

No. 16: Detroit Lions (2-11-1)

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