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49ers' Playoff Chances Get Huge Boost After Saints' MNF Loss

Isaiah De Los Santos
The San Francisco 49ers' chances of making the playoffs got a huge boost following the New Orleans Saints' loss on Monday Night Football.
The San Francisco 49ers' chances of making the playoffs got a huge boost following the New Orleans Saints' loss on Monday Night Football. / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages
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The NFL playoff race is coming down to the wire with just two games remaining. The San Francisco 49ers fell short in Week 16, which could've put a roadblock on their path to the postseason.

However, the 49ers' playoff chances got a huge boost thanks to the Miami Dolphins' performance on Monday Night Football.

49ers Playoff Scenarios

Miami's dismantling of the New Orleans Saints on Monday night propelled the 49ers right back into the playoff picture. San Francisco now controls its own destiny after the Saints' loss. Two wins to finish the season will guarantee the 49ers a spot in the postseason.

Another New Orleans loss down the stretch would also mean the 49ers need just one win to get in.

San Francisco has meetings with the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Rams left on the schedule, while the Saints will face the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons to finish their season.

With Jimmy Garoppolo suffering a significant thumb injury in Week 16, the 49ers' postseason hopes may rest on rookie Trey Lance to close out the year.

San Francisco is a huge 13.5-point favorite over Houston in Week 17, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and the Saints are 6.5-point favorites over Carolina.


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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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