The 49ers edge Seahawks in epic fashion to claim NFC West and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The final regular season game of Week 17 and of the 100th season was full of drama. On what we thought was the final play, the 49ers stopped Jacob Hollister at the one inch line. The play happened on 4th down and the replay showed just how close Hollister got before being stopped. The 49ers have to be on the edge seeing they lost to the Falcons two weeks ago in this same fashion. The difference is that Seattle doesn’t have a Julio Jones on their team. With the win, San Francisco completed an epic turnaround from a season ago. San Francisco finished the 2018 campaign with a 4-12 record and had the second overall pick in the draft.
The 49ers used that pick to select Nick Bosa and now they’re the best team in the NFC. San Francisco used a stout defense and balanced offense to avenge their first loss of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo finished 18 of 22 for 285 yards. They rushed for 128 yards on 24 combined carries. The defense frustrated Russell Wilson all night making him earn everything he got. Wilson finished 25 of 40 for 233 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. With the loss, Seattle dropped down to the 5th seed and will head to Philadelphia next weekend for their Wild Card game.
The playoff seeding and matchups are good to go after a wild Week 17. In the AFC, New England fell to Miami and the Chiefs beat the Chargers. With that taking place, Kansas City leaps over New England to become the 2nd seed and get a first round bye. New England is the third seed and will host Tennessee after they defeated the Houston Texans. The Texans had pretty much solidified the fourth spot and will battle Buffalo at home next week. Coming into the final weekend, we knew Buffalo were the 5th seed. We mentioned that San Francisco is the #1 seed in the NFC. Green Bay needed a last second field goal to overcome Detroit and grab the 2nd seed in the NFC.
New Orleans blasted Carolina to finish 13-3 and unfortunately, they’ll host a Wild Card game next weekend. The Saints opponent will be Minnesota as they clinch the 6th and final spot last weekend. Philadelphia used their stout defense to beat New York to clinch the fourth spot and NFC East. Philadelphia heads into the playoffs on a 4-game winning streak and will host Seattle. Below are the matchups once again for the playoffs.
- Baltimore Ravens- 1st Round Bye
- Kansas City Chiefs- 1st Round Bye
- New England Patriots vs. 6. Tennessee Titans
- Houston Texans vs. 5. Buffalo Bills
- San Francisco 49ers- 1st Round Bye
- Green Bay Packers- 1st Round Bye
- New Orleans Saints vs. 6. Minnesota Vikings
- Philadelphia Eagles vs. 5. Seattle Seahawks