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NFL playoff picture: What does 49ers-Vikings mean for NFC standings

The 49ers face the vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Dee Ford #55 and Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers sack Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Levi’s Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

Result: The 49ers beat the Vikings 34-26. San Francisco moves into sixth place in the conference and Minnesota drops to seventh place. The 49ers are now a game back of fifth place LA.

The San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings face off Sunday afternoon in a game that isn’t an elimination game, but both teams really need to have. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA and the game will air on FOX.

49ers playoff picture

Current NFC standing

The 49ers have won two straight over the Rams and Jaguars coming into this game. San Francisco is 5-5 and sitting in third place in the NFC West. They are two games back of the Rams and 3.5 games back of the first-place Cardinals. They have moved into seventh place in the NFC playoff standings after the Saints lost on Thursday. The 49ers are tied with the sixth-place Vikings and both teams are a half game up on Philadelphia, Carolina, and New Orleans.

Vikings playoff picture

Current NFC standing

The Vikings have also won two straight, beating the Chargers and Packers in successive weeks. They are 5-5 and in second place in the NFC North, 2.5 games back of first-place Green Bay. They hold the conference win percentage tiebreaker over the 49ers, which is why they are in sixth place while the 49ers are in seventh place.

Rest of the NFC playoff field

Panthers (5-6) @ Dolphins (4-7)
Eagles (5-6) @ Giants (3-7)
Rams (7-3) @ Packers (8-3)