NFL Playoff Predictions: Breaking Down the Postseason Picture

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NFL Playoff Predictions: Breaking Down the Postseason Picture
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Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers are still atop the NFC West.

This time of year in pro football is where the regular season meshes in with the postseason, as games during the final weeks can be considered NFL playoff games.

With plenty of divisional contests remaining, a loss in Week 16 could virtually doom a team's chances and/or confidence leading into January. Victory, on the other hand, simply takes that specific team one step closer.

Just look at the San Francisco 49ers.

Colin Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh and the 'Niners edged out Tom Brady in his own backyard. San Francisco can still earn a postseason bye, whereas the New England Patriots are now fighting for that extra week of rest.

Ahead are the projected seeds for those looking to appear in Super Bowl XLVII.

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