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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 18 if you are a San Francisco 49ers fan

Week 18 is here and the San Francisco 49ers are still in the hunt for the No. 1 seed. Who should 49ers fans root for to help their chances?

A section of mostly San Francisco 49ers fans cheer the team on against the Las Vegas Raiders in the fourth quarter of their game at Allegiant Stadium on January 01, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Results update: The 49ers beat the Cardinals, 38-13, to keep the No. 2 seed in the NFC.


The San Francisco 49ers close out the 2022-23 regular season when they host the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium. The Cardinals are playing out the string and will likely be resting some players season finale. Meanwhile, the 49ers still have something to play for in Week 18. The 49ers are a 14-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

The 49ers have clinched the NFC West title and are guaranteed no worse than the No. 3 seed. If they beat the Cardinals they will be no worse than the No. 2 seed and have a shot at the No. 1 seed. If they lose to the Cardinals, they would either be the No. 2 or No. 3 seed.

If you are a 49ers fan, you’ll have two games to keep an eye on as they look to improve their chances of a playoff berth.

Eagles vs. Giants

Results update: The Eagles beat the Giants, 22-16, to secure the No. 1 seed.

The Eagles are still competing for the NFC East title and the No. 1 seed. If the Eagles win or tie, they will clinch the top spot in the NFC. If the Eagles lose, the 49ers can claim the No. 1 seed with a win. Philly is a 14.5-point home favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Vikings vs. Bears

Results update: The Vikings beat the Bears in the 1 p.m. window. That means the 49ers need to beat the Cardinals to clinch no worse than the No. 2 seed. If the 49ers lose, they would drop to No. 3 and the Vikings would move into No. 2.

The Vikings are currently the No. 3 seed and cannot fall below that. If they lose to the Bears, they will clinch the No. 3 spot and the 49ers clinch no worse than No. 2. If the Vikings win, they would be No. 3 with a 49ers win or No. 2 with a 49ers loss.

Minnesota is a six-point road favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.