The 49ers suffered a humbling 42-13 defeat in Seattle on Sunday night, but still woke up on Christmas Eve with a half-game lead in the NFC West over the Seahawks. With a victory on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park, San Francisco will capture their second straight division crown.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group examined the lopsided loss and what it means for the 49ers. “Both the 49ers and Seahawks are assured playoff berths,” Inman wrote. “The 49ers clinched at least a wild-card spot a week ago after outlasting the New England Patriots 41-34. The Seahawks earned their playoff ticket with Sunday’s prime-time win.”
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks at the defeat and possible playoff scenarios for the 49ers.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle recapped the big win for Seattle and big loss for San Francisco.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted that the 49ers still control their destiny in the NFC West.
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com discussed the importance of Justin Smith.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passed along comments from Jim Harbaugh regarding Smith’s health.
Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group wrote that the dynamic of the 49ers’ season changed with the loss.
Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle looked at the NFC picture after the 49ers’ loss.
Maiocco wrote that Colin Kaepernick can learn plenty from Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks.
Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group said the 49ers need to regroup after Sunday’s defeat.
Inman discussed the impact of losing Vernon Davis to a concussion early in Sunday’s contest.
Branch noted the injures suffered by the 49ers.
49ers.com’s coverage included a wrap up of the game (story / photos) and a look at LaMichael James’ big contributions to the special teams unit. Scott Kegley and Taylor Price also broke down the defeat in the latest Cover 2 Presented by AAA and we brought you press conferences from Harbaugh and Kaepernick.
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