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7 Potential Playoff Matchups for the San Francisco 49ers
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Alex Smith is playing well and leading the 49ers to the playoffs

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday.  They currently own a record of 9-1 and have now won eight straight games.  The Niners hold a five-game lead in the NFC West. 

Head coach Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff are guiding the 49ers to their first playoff berth since 2002.  Harbaugh is developing Alex Smith into a solid NFL quarterback and has the team believing in themselves.  Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has directed the NFL's premier defense.

The 49ers are a lock to make the playoffs, so let's take an advance look at some of the teams they could be meeting in the postseason.  We will focus on the teams in the NFC with a record above .500.  Here's a detailed review of each potential matchup.

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