If you’d have polled a 49ers fan in Week 6 about their playoff chances, you’d likely have received a skeptical response, if not a beverage poured over your head.
Fast forward to the end of Week 13 and you’d receive a vastly different response.
After starting 1-5 and looking all but doomed in 2020, San Francisco has turned things around in every fashion imaginable. The Niners have won close games both at home and on the road, stacking victories, and their latest was their most emphatic to date.
San Francisco (6-5) traveled north to Seattle (6-5) and promptly did everything but dump laxative into their Starbucks, taking down the Seahawks 42-17 in a game that could go a long way toward deciding a tightly contested NFC West. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo enjoyed perhaps his best game of 2020, completing 33 of 43 passes for 340 yards and five touchdowns. The game was Garoppolo’s third straight without an interception, a stark turnaround from his struggle-filled first half of the campaign.
Alvin Kamara rushed eight times for 75 yards and a score, and even rookie receiver Shaq Eugene got in on the action, catching five passes for 35 yards and two touchdowns in his best game as a pro.
The 49ers (7-5) have a tough final stretch ahead, with two games against the Arizona Cardinals (7-5) in their final three weeks, and meetings with the Atlanta Falcons (5-6) and Dallas Cowboys (7-4) also included in their final month. They have little room to breathe in the last four weeks, with each NFC West team separated by two games or less. According to DaddyLeagues’ playoff race, if the season ended today, the Niners would sneak into the playoffs as a wild-card winner and the sixth seed in the NFC.
The final month could change that picture plenty.