Entering Week 13, the San Francisco 49ers were legitimately in the race for NFC's No. 1 seed.
But after losing to the St. Louis Rams 16-13 in overtime on Sunday, the 49ers are 2.5 games behind the Atlanta Falcons and only a half-game ahead of the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers for the NFC's No. 2 seed.
You can kiss any No. 1 seed aspirations goodbye. And if history is any indication, the 49ers would be much better off with the top seed, as they've won four of their five Super Bowls as the NFC front-runners.
Yeah, I know. The history of the team's record in the playoffs doesn't have any bearing on what it will do this year (besides possibly 2011's playoff run). So, for those of you who don't take any stock in historical context, the following slides will simply be a trip down memory lane.
For those who believe the past has clues for the future, this slideshow will show you why the 49ers desperately need to secure at least the No. 2 seeded spot in the NFC. I present you with San Francisco's playoff history as every seed, dating back to the Red and Gold's first Super Bowl appearance for the 1981-82 season.
Note: The 49ers have never been the No. 6 seed in the NFC, which is the reason the slide was omitted.