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49ers in Good Position Going into Playoffs

SAN FRANCISCO–

The 49ers’ win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park, combined with the Minnesota Vikings win over the Green Bay Packers, put the San Francisco in good position entering the NFL Playoffs.

The Playoffs start next weekend with the Wild Card Games, but the 49ers have earned a first round bye. Their win Sunday, combined with the Packers loss, put San Francisco in The Playoffs as the number two seed in the NFC. That means the 49ers get the first week off. Plus, they are guaranteed to play their first game, in two weeks, at Candlestick Park.

The week off is very welcome for San Francisco; it will allow some of their key players, like defensive tackle Justin Smith, to heal from injury. And, of course, a full two weeks to prepare for their first opponent.

Next weekend’s Wild Card match-ups in the NFC are as follows:

-Saturday at 5PM: Minnesota at Green Bay (NBC)

-Sunday at 1:30PM Seattle at Washington (FOX)

The 49ers might play any one of those four teams, except Minnesota, in week two of The Playoffs. The 49ers first playoff game is scheduled for 5PM on Saturday, January 12.

Next weekend’s AFC match-ups are:

-Saturday at 1:30PM: Cincinnati at Houston (NBC)

-Sunday at 10AM: Indianapolis at Baltimore (CBS)