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49ers Move Up on Their Day Off



    49ers Move Up on Their Day Off
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Michael Crabtree #15 of San Francisco 49ers celebrates with Chilo Rachal #62 as he scores their second touchdown during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010 in London, England. This is the fourth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Crabtree;Chilo Rachal

    We all had a good laugh at young Jed York and his Week 6 snowball's-chance-in-hell text message prediction that the 0-5 49ers would win the NFC West and make the playoffs.

    People, hell may be about to get more snow than Tahoe. While the 49ers kicked back and enjoyed their bye week Sunday, the rest of their division went winless and San Francisco now sits two games out of first place.

    We're the most dangerous last-place team in the NFC!

    Don't laugh. Seattle appears to be in a complete injury-riddled free-fall, collapsing 41-7 Sunday against the Giants. The Cardinals fell in overtime to the train-wreck Minnesota Vikings.

    The St. Louis Rams, the 49ers' opponent this coming Sunday at Candlestick, also spent this past Sunday on a bye week.

    "Scoreboard-watching is going great for 49ers this season," twitter-quips Comcast's Matt Maiocco, "as long as scoreboard they're watching is not their own."

    This sets the mid-season NFC West divisional table with the Rams and Seahawks tied for first at an unimpressive 4-4 each, respectively. Arizona is a game out of first, at 3-5. The 49ers are just two games out of first, despite the general ugliness of a 2-6 record.

    Can a team that's two games out of first place at the NFL mid-season come back and win the division? Of course. It happens somewhere every year.

    Bear in mind, though, the 49ers have yet to beat an NFC team. They'll get their chance Sunday at Candlestick against the Rams, as legitimate 2-6 playoff contenders.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who can't believe that the Wade Phillips firing story was actually broken by the infamous "People smoking weed over there!" reporter from Dallas.