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Packers, Niners can clinch playoff spots this weekend

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With five weeks to go in the 2011 regular season, two teams can clinch postseason berths this weekend.

And if you need more than two guesses, you haven’t been paying attention.

The 11-0 Packers will win the NFC North with a victory over the Giants and a loss or tie by the Lions, who face the Saints.  The Packers also win the division with a Detroit loss and a Bears loss to the Chiefs.

Finally, the Packers can wrap up the division with a tie and a Bears loss or tie and a Lions loss.

At a minimum, a victory by Green Bay clinches a wild-card berth.  Green Bay also wraps up a playoff appearance with a tie and a Bears loss or tie, or with losses from the Bears, Falcons, or Lions, or if both the Saints and Falcons play to a tie.

It’s far simpler for the 49ers.  They win the NFC West with a win or a tie.  The 49ers also win the division with a loss or tie by the Seahawks and a loss or tie by the Cardinals.

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38 Responses to “Packers, Niners can clinch playoff spots this weekend”
  1. Bar None says: Nov 29, 2011 2:17 PM

    The 49ers situation is far sadder than the Packers. The Niners can clinch with 10 wins and 4 weeks to go. I think the NFC North could take half the NFC Playoff spots.

  2. tonymission says: Nov 29, 2011 2:20 PM

    Scenarios with ties are lame.

  3. trbowman says: Nov 29, 2011 2:22 PM

    Another year of NFL playoffs I don’t care about.

    Go Bills!

  4. packfntk says: Nov 29, 2011 2:30 PM

    First comes first, win on Sunday over the Giants. The rest will work out how it will work out. It is good to be sitting where the Packers are.

  5. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 29, 2011 2:35 PM

    The 11-0 Packers will win the NFC North with a victory over the Giants and a loss or tie by the Lions, who face the Saints. The Packers also win the division with a Detroit loss and a Bears loss to the Chiefs.

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    Soooo. You might as well say the Packers WILL clinch a playoff spot. Because the Saints will run through the Lions like drain-0.

  6. jackfnburton says: Nov 29, 2011 2:47 PM

    Wow. The San Francisco 49ers could wrap up the division by week 13. Just like everyone predicted.

    I wonder who Coach of the Year is gonna be?

  7. tformation says: Nov 29, 2011 2:50 PM

    Great choice of photo, BTW.

  8. noeffinway says: Nov 29, 2011 2:53 PM

    The packers and bears still suck.

  9. j0esixpack says: Nov 29, 2011 2:54 PM

    That’s nice but the important thing is that the Colts have clinched the Suck for Luck sweepstakes.

    They actually can win a game and still no other team can “catch” them.

    Maybe they’ll actually try to win against the Patriots this Sunday and try to give their fans something to cheer for.

  10. jarrman46 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:03 PM

    If the Packers played in the NFC West they would have clinched a playoff spot 3 weeks ago.
    What has taken the 49ers so long?

  11. Land Snark says: Nov 29, 2011 3:09 PM

    PLAYOFFS!?!??!?

  12. Land Snark says: Nov 29, 2011 3:10 PM

    It will be nice for the Niners to get back to the playoffs, but Thursday night’s game against the Ravens proved just how ready they are to make a run for the Super Bowl this year.

    Hopefully they can build on the success, and not take a step back next year.

  13. briank1ne says: Nov 29, 2011 3:24 PM

    love the photo selection…lol
    NINERS FOR THE WIN!!! and ….we got the rams this week! woooohoooo

  14. stampede101 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:30 PM

    Nice connection with the photo…the Niners mashed the Colts which lead to that infamous rant by Mora.

  15. flik44 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:32 PM

    Nov 29, 2011 3:03 PM

    If the Packers played in the NFC West they would have clinched a playoff spot 3 weeks ago.
    What has taken the 49ers so long?
    __________________________________

    Your point must be that the NFC West is weak. Insightful. 4 of the 49ers last 5 games are against the NFC West, so, they really haven’t played the weak teams much yet. Pay attention.

  16. nickvpackfan says: Nov 29, 2011 3:38 PM

    Again…Brett Favre thinks they should have clinched two weeks ago…

  17. bobhk says: Nov 29, 2011 4:15 PM

    Bar None says:
    Nov 29, 2011 2:17 PM
    The 49ers situation is far sadder than the Packers. The Niners can clinch with 10 wins and 4 weeks to go. I think the NFC North could take half the NFC Playoff spots.
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    Could…vut prolly won’t. Both Lions and Bears are going in the wrong direction. Pack + one lame team is more likely.

  18. gb4mn0 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:16 PM

    trbowman says:
    Nov 29, 2011 2:22 PM
    Another year of NFL playoffs I don’t care about.

    Go Bills!

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    The Commish read your post and is canceling the playoffs because you “don’t care about” them!

  19. bobhk says: Nov 29, 2011 4:16 PM

    Typo above…should have read:
    “Could…but prolly won’t”

  20. funkylovemonkey says: Nov 29, 2011 4:38 PM

    Land Snark says:
    Nov 29, 2011 3:10 PM
    It will be nice for the Niners to get back to the playoffs, but Thursday night’s game against the Ravens proved just how ready they are to make a run for the Super Bowl this year.

    Hopefully they can build on the success, and not take a step back next year.

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    They lost one game against a very good Ravens team on a short week after traveling across three time zones while struggling through two key injuries on the offensive line. You can’t make a judgement about success in the playoffs based on one game.

    A couple years ago the Patriots defeated the Giants to end with a perfect regular season record and then lost to the Giants in the Superbowl. The Packers had six losses last year, including two late to Detroit and New England, and they went on to win the Superbowl.

    Not making a prediction of how far the 49ers will go in the playoffs, they may flame out quickly, but it would be a mistake to write them off at this point, especially when the loss was against a team which could easily make a run for the superbowl themselves during a game that was tied or within three points for the majority of it.

  21. jarrman46 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:39 PM

    The 49ers are winning there division so early because there is no compition within there own division. Yes everyone on here knows that the 49ers havent played but 2 games against their division. Thats what makes it so pathetic. The other 3 teams suck so bad and the 49ers had nothing to do with it. Green bay has two 7 win teams in there division. New Orleans has Atlanta 1 game behind them. Dallas and Giants are neck in neck down the stretch.

  22. bostonhasrealhockey says: Nov 29, 2011 4:45 PM

    You kittin me?!

  23. woodyg says: Nov 29, 2011 4:48 PM

    It’s funny now & it was then, only a few short weeks ago, the Lions & their fans were dreaming of winning the North Division …… I can’t help but chuckle at the thought of the Lion fans actually believing that their team had even a remote chance ….

    Now the Lions are pretty much in disarray & there’s a better than 50-50 chance that they won’t even secure the last wildcard spot ……. Two of the following will qualify for the NFC wildcards ….. Falcons, Bears, Giants & Lions …… It would only be fitting for the Lions to lose in week 17 at GB to send the Lions home to lick their self-inflicted wounds …….

  24. kyraven says: Nov 29, 2011 5:07 PM

    They lost one game against a very good Ravens team on a short week after traveling across three time zones while struggling through two key injuries on the offensive line. You can’t make a judgement about success in the playoffs based on one game.

    Its hard to judge them based on that game. “Hunt,hunt,hunt and dont stop hunting until youve got them up on your wall.” Id say Alex Smith will remeber that one for awhile.The front seven dominated that day.

  25. scyankee9999 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:34 PM

    I see the four teams looking at the wildcard spot. Chicago just list Cutler, the Giants just don’t seem to have the magic this year ant that week 17 GB Det game could see GB resting it’s starters if they clinch and loose a game before wk 17 ending their perfect season. Atl and Det take the last two wild card spots.

  26. aldavis4president says: Nov 29, 2011 7:47 PM

    flik44 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:32 PM

    Nov 29, 2011 3:03 PM

    If the Packers played in the NFC West they would have clinched a playoff spot 3 weeks ago. What has taken the 49ers so long? __________________________________

    Your point must be that the NFC West is weak. Insightful. 4 of the 49ers last 5 games are against the NFC West, so, they really haven’t played the weak teams much yet. Pay attention.
    ………………………………..
    Eagles cowboys rams seahawks bucs browns cardinals.. actually they did play mostly weak teams alrdy ..nd it only gets weaker with the exception of the steelers..I think u should pay more attention.

  27. funkylovemonkey says: Nov 29, 2011 8:29 PM

    flik44 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:32 PM

    Eagles cowboys rams seahawks bucs browns cardinals.. actually they did play mostly weak teams alrdy ..nd it only gets weaker with the exception of the steelers..I think u should pay more attention.

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    The 49ers strength of schedule up to his point has been around the middle of the NFL. Meanwhile the Packers have had (up to this point) one of the easiest strengths of schedule in the league (it gets much harder in the coming weeks). Strangely nobody seems bothered by the Packers win’s, but everyone wants to paint the 49ers schedule as easy when the numbers don’t agree. The Packer’s opponents as of week 11 (the last time I can find numbers for it) had a combined win/loss total of 41-59. The 49er’s opponents on the other hand was 47-53.

    The 49ers had a brutal road schedule this season, including three trips east in four weeks. They’ve won against teams which could make the playoffs including the Bengals (away), the Giants and the Lions (away).

    Not only that but there aren’t easy wins in the NFL. Say the same thing to the Saints who lost to the Rams or the Ravens who lost to the Seahawks this year.

  28. jarrman46 says: Nov 29, 2011 10:50 PM

    We had to fly across country to play football Boo Hoo!! Thats why there called the San Francisco FORTY WHINERS!!!
    Tampa Cleveland New York St louis and Pittsburgh all have to fly across the country to go to San Fran Dont here there teams crying about it. Hopefully San Fran will lose in the first round so the big boys can play in the NFC Championship.

  29. sportingone says: Nov 30, 2011 12:27 AM

    funkylovemonkey says:
    Nov 29, 2011 8:29 PM
    flik44 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:32 PM

    Eagles cowboys rams seahawks bucs browns cardinals.. actually they did play mostly weak teams alrdy ..nd it only gets weaker with the exception of the steelers..I think u should pay more attention.

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    The 49ers strength of schedule up to his point has been around the middle of the NFL. Meanwhile the Packers have had (up to this point) one of the easiest strengths of schedule in the league (it gets much harder in the coming weeks). Strangely nobody seems bothered by the Packers win’s, but everyone wants to paint the 49ers schedule as easy when the numbers don’t agree. The Packer’s opponents as of week 11 (the last time I can find numbers for it) had a combined win/loss total of 41-59. The 49er’s opponents on the other hand was 47-53.

    The 49ers had a brutal road schedule this season, including three trips east in four weeks. They’ve won against teams which could make the playoffs including the Bengals (away), the Giants and the Lions (away).

    Not only that but there aren’t easy wins in the NFL. Say the same thing to the Saints who lost to the Rams or the Ravens who lost to the Seahawks this year.
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    NO, Atl, Chi and Det weren’t exactly gimmies, but yes, the schedule is slightly easier this year. Frankly, after what they pulled off last year, maybe they deserve it.

    With a run game that was lost for the year 15 minutes into game 1, and 1/3 of the starters and 1/3 of the roster missing by week 5 they managed to:
    win @Philly,
    win @NYJ,
    lost by 3 @Atl
    lost by 4 @ NE with backup QB
    split 2 games w/Chicago, including the clinching win @Lambeau to make playoffs
    (5 road games @ teams who made the playoffs)
    also had to beat a good Giants team @Lambeau to make playoffs

    once in as 6th seed, had to
    win again @Philly
    win again @ Atl
    win again @ Chi
    beat Pitt in Superbowl

    and while doing all of the above, depleted roster and all, they never trailed at any point in any game by more than 7. A feat not accomplished since 1962 even with a healthy roster.

    Yeah, your schedule is tough…

  30. lifelong49erfan says: Nov 30, 2011 10:02 AM

    No one should be questioning what the Packers have done. They are the champs until further notice, and have gotten to 11-0 by beating tough teams and winning games they are expected to win. The 49ers have exceeded expectations this year and excelled as a complete teams in winning the tough game. I.E. Cincy, giants, lions, etc. They also have beaten the teams that they SHOULD beat. The same can not be said for other teams in the league like the saints, giants, dallas, lions, and yes even baltimore. Bottom line both the Packers and 49ers are in position as 1 and 2 in the league and early playoff clinchers because of one thing…..winning!

  31. badfish6907 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:38 PM

    When looking at point differential for the Packers and Niners, the Pack is a +155 and the Niners are +104.

    The Niners have beaten three potential playoff teams this year. Dallas, NYG, and Cincinnati.

    The Packers have beaten four potential playoff teams. Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and New Orleans. You could say five if you want to throw in Denver, but that is a far different team now that came to Lambeau.

    Overall I give the edge to the Packers.

  32. ninerdynasty says: Nov 30, 2011 6:14 PM

    aldavis4president says: Nov 29, 2011 7:47 PM

    flik44 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:32 PM

    Nov 29, 2011 3:03 PM

    If the Packers played in the NFC West they would have clinched a playoff spot 3 weeks ago. What has taken the 49ers so long? __________________________________

    Your point must be that the NFC West is weak. Insightful. 4 of the 49ers last 5 games are against the NFC West, so, they really haven’t played the weak teams much yet. Pay attention.
    ………………………………..
    Eagles cowboys rams seahawks bucs browns cardinals.. actu y they did play mostly weak teams alrdy ..nd it only gets weaker with the exception of the steelers..I think u should pay more attention.
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    HMM a raider fan hating… it must hurt to see the niners be 9-2 huh? i can only imagine.. keep hating! we are loving it

  33. funkylovemonkey says: Nov 30, 2011 7:13 PM

    badfish6907 says:
    Nov 30, 2011 12:38 PM
    When looking at point differential for the Packers and Niners, the Pack is a +155 and the Niners are +104.

    The Niners have beaten three potential playoff teams this year. Dallas, NYG, and Cincinnati.

    The Packers have beaten four potential playoff teams. Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and New Orleans. You could say five if you want to throw in Denver, but that is a far different team now that came to Lambeau.

    Overall I give the edge to the Packers.

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    Ahem, you forgot the 49ers also played Detroit, so by your tally of possible playoff teams both have beaten four.

    Also, jarrman46, I was simply pointing out that the 49ers won all those games on the road despite having to travel three times. It wasn’t whining, it was pointing out the 49ers overcame that difficulty in addition to beating those teams.

    The difference between doing that and the travel schedule of teams like Pittsburgh is that the league generally tries to spread out games like that over a season. Pittsburgh had to travel west to play Seattle in week 2, but it wasn’t until week 7 that they had to travel that far again. They will travel to the 49ers again in week 15. All of their other games are in the eastern of central time zones.

    Peter King called it the “most challenging travel schedules I have seen in 27 years covering the NFL: five trips to the Eastern Time zone in a 61-day span.” In addition having a team travel three thousand miles on a short week like the Thanksgiving game hasn’t happened in the NFL since 1975. You can boohoo it all you want, the fact that the 49ers went through the last five weeks and only lost one game is impressive.

    Finally, I wasn’t really questioning the Packers. They’re obviously the class in the NFL. I’m just pointing out that people who readily question the 49ers strength of schedule would never dream of questioning the Packer’s schedule, even though numerically up to this point the 49ers have had a more challenging season. It will even out because the Packers have a very difficult stretch of games coming up and the 49ers are now finally going to face the NFC West.

  34. fasteddy415 says: Nov 30, 2011 10:08 PM

    Sports Illustrated pegged the Niners at 5-11. All the talking heads said we have no shot. Fans accross the country doubted us! The folks accross the bay.. u know how they feel about us.

    SO the fact that we are in this article is a hint to what many niner fans are saying! A loud and clear F/U!

  35. discosucs2005 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:29 AM

    The Packers aren’t going to lose in the playoffs because they had an easy regular season schedule. You don’t get to 11-0 by accident. Are they overrated? It’s impossible to really know, but I would guess pretty much every team that starts 10-0 is going to be at least a little overrated because the focus shifts to “can they be beaten.” Of course they can be, because this is the NFL and teams that are 18-0 lose the Super Bowl. But if they do lose, no one should point at their schedule and say “see, they weren’t even that good.”

    Very similar with the 49ers. They are a very good team. A lot of people are going to say “I told you so” if they don’t win the Super Bowl, but every single person underrated them this year. They have played well and probably haven’t reached their full potential. Meanwhile, the rest of the teams in that division are on the decline and need to be rebuilt in one way or another.

    People who are insulting these two teams are either misguided or completely deluding themselves. No two fan bases have it better right now.

  36. dstep24 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:22 AM

    Why is anyone really even considering the possibility that the 49ers stand even a slight chance of beating the Green Bay Packers?

    Comparing the two teams is a borderline insult to the Packers (and I’m not a fan of either team).

    All it does is give 49er fans a false sense of legitimacy, as if they can really contend for a Super Bowl when they have the worst QB of any team even sniffing the playoffs at this point.

    Watching last Thursday night’s game, I couldn’t believe that the Niners have won as many games as they have, watching that debacle of a 9-sack surrender by what has been touted as one of the “best young O-line’s in football.” BULL. They looked terrible.

    Bottom line is, if a team can shut down the run, the ‘Niners are going to have to hope for touchdowns out of their defense. Because Alex Smith simply cannot throw the football, beyond the dink-n-dunk game.

    This is why they lose to Seattle, in Seattle. The Seahawks can at least shut down the run.

    The ‘Niners will be 12-4 and will win the NFLs worst division. Good for them. It’s a huge improvement over last year, and that’s what fans should be excited about….the direction. Not as much the current state of the team.

    #SANTAISMOREREALTHANNINERSUPERBOWLHOPES

  37. funkylovemonkey says: Dec 1, 2011 5:39 PM

    dstep24 says:
    Dec 1, 2011 11:22 AM
    Why is anyone really even considering the possibility that the 49ers stand even a slight chance of beating the Green Bay Packers?

    Comparing the two teams is a borderline insult to the Packers (and I’m not a fan of either team).

    All it does is give 49er fans a false sense of legitimacy, as if they can really contend for a Super Bowl when they have the worst QB of any team even sniffing the playoffs at this point.

    Watching last Thursday night’s game, I couldn’t believe that the Niners have won as many games as they have, watching that debacle of a 9-sack surrender by what has been touted as one of the “best young O-line’s in football.” BULL. They looked terrible.

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    The “best young O-line in football” had TWO key injuries that night. Apparently you weren’t paying attention or just don’t care because that would get in the way of your 49er bashing.

  38. jeffharwell3 says: Dec 2, 2011 2:06 PM

    “Who’s got it better than us?!?!”….NOBODY!!

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