49ers Magical Season has a Magic Number

Team could clinch a playoff birth before the end of November.

Monday, Oct 31, 2011  |  Updated 2:01 PM PDT
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49ers Magical Season has a Magic Number

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Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith have the San Francisco 49ers in position to go somewhere where they have not been in years.

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Joe Staley relished his shining moment after the offensive lineman caught a 17-yard pass for a first down and celebrated madly.

Nose tackle and part-time fullback Isaac Sopoaga got into the action with an 18-yard reception.

The San Francisco 49ers know they’re going well when the big boys are catching balls.
They know things are right when a flat second half still leads to a 10-point victory.
And, when, before October is over, the team already holds a commanding four-game lead in the NFC West.

And the way they have set themselves up, Jim Harbaugh’s 6-1 49ers could clinch their division and the franchise’s first playoff berth in nine years before that highly anticipated matchup with the coach’s big brother, John, and the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving.

CNNSI's Peter King already has the magic number for the team figured out and others are looking ahead on the schedule and seeing that the team should be able to easily roll up double digit wins, and possibly challenge for a first round playoff bye.

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