49ers in position for No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs

49ers in position for No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs
December 10, 2012, 9:45 am
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The 49ers finished 13-3 last season and were the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The 49ers might be in the driver's seat for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, but there are a couple of major potholes on the road in front of them.

The 49ers own a half-game lead over the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers for the second seed, which ensures a first-round bye in the playoffs and a home game in the divisional round.

With difficult road games against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers have not wrapped up the NFC West title, yet. If Seattle wins its final three games and the 49ers lose two of three, the Seahawks would win the NFC West.

Here's a look at the playoff picture (the top four teams lead their respective divisions):

Atlanta (NFC South, 11-2)
Sunday: vs. N.Y. Giants
Dec. 22 (Saturday): at Detroit
Dec 30: vs. Tampa Bay

49ers (NFC West, 9-3-1)
Sunday: at New England
Dec. 23: at Seattle
Dec 30: vs. Arizona

Green Bay (NFC North, 9-4)
Sunday: at Chicago
Dec. 23: vs. Tennessee
Dec 30: at Minnesota

N.Y. Giants (NFC East, 8-5)
Sunday: at Atlanta
Dec. 23: at Baltimore
Dec 30: vs. Philadelphia

Seattle (8-5)
Sunday: at Buffalo (in Toronto)
Dec. 23: vs. 49ers
Dec 30: vs. St. Louis

Chicago (8-5)
Sunday: vs. Green Bay
Dec. 23: at Arizona
Dec 30: at Detroit