In the NFL's National Football Conference, two teams have begun to separate themselves from the pack. One, the 9-0 Green Bay Packers, was expected to be great. The other, the 8-1 San Francisco 49ers, was most certainly not.
The 49ers' resurgence under Jim Harbaugh will be even more astonishing if they can wrangle away the No. 1 seed from the Packers.
Here are five games that will make or break the 49ers' chance of being the NFC's No. 1 seed.