Not one meaningful game have the 49ers won this year. You know the kind, the games that show what your team is made of, how much heart it has, how much desire and how well the players pull together when they have to.
Despite that fact, the team still has a chance to make the playoffs. The 49ers not only have a chance, they have a pretty decent chance. If they beat the Rams Sunday and the Seahawks lose just one of their last two games, the 49ers need only to beat the Arizona Cardinals on the last day of the regular season, at home, to be crowned NFC Weak…er…West champions.
Now the title of this article may be just a bit misleading, but I am not going to explain every remote way the team can get into the playoffs. They have to win...period.
This puts fans in quite a quandary. Going to the playoffs is great, but does the team really want to be the first team to make the playoffs (in a non-strike-shortened season) with a losing record?
To further add insult to injury, especially to the teams that have winning records and will not make the playoffs, the 49ers would host the Wild Card game.
A strange, crazy NFL season to be sure.
But with not being able to win a meaningful game, can we really expect the team to beat the Rams on the road?
The team can’t expect to make the playoffs unless they correct the things that have been hindering them all year.
So the question is how does the team make the playoffs?