49ers will dethrone Eagles, grab NFC No. 1 playoff seed, Donte Whitner claims

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Whitner: 49ers will dethrone Eagles for top playoff seed originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The 49ers jumped up to the NFC's No. 2 seed following their big 37-34 overtime win against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, but the top seed isn’t too far out of reach.

San Francisco (12-4) is one of three teams with a chance to secure the NFC’s No. 1 seed and a first-round playoff bye. The 49ers would need to beat the Arizona Cardinals in their final regular-season game on Sunday and have the Eagles (13-3) lose to the Giants (9-6-1).

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Donte Whitner is confident San Francisco can take control of the NFC after Week 18 action.

“Big news for you Faithful, the 49ers are now the No. 2 seed in the NFC, supplanting the Minnesota Vikings. And I got even better news,” Whitner said in his weekly "Hitner's Hot Take" analysis. "This week, the New York Giants will beat the Philadelphia Eagles, moving the 49ers into first place in the NFC. That’s right, I said it."

Philadelphia has lost two consecutive games without their star quarterback Jalen Hurts, who arguably was the NFL MVP front-runner before suffering a shoulder injury in Week 15.

The Eagles have lost just two games at home this season, but Whitner predicts they’ll lose their third on Sunday.

If the 49ers do move up to the top spot, it would earn them a bye during the Wild Card Round and home-field advantage at Levi's Stadium during the NFC playoffs.

But not only does Whitner believe they can finish the regular season as the No. 1 seed, but he also claims the 49ers will be in Glendale, Ariz., for Super Bowl LVII -- and win.

“First place in the NFC and you know what that means? That means a first-week bye, that means two consecutive home games and I’m pretty sure The Faithful will propel the 49ers to the Super Bowl and ultimately win it, bringing the Lombardi trophy back to the Bay Area," Whitner firmly concluded.

If the Eagles win, however, the 49ers can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win against the Cardinals or a Vikings loss. The No. 2 seed will host the No. 7 seed in the first round of the playoffs.

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Here’s what the NFC playoff seeding looks like after Week 17:

1. Eagles (13-3)
2. 49ers (12-4)
3. Vikings (12-4)
4. Buccaneers (8-8)
5. Cowboys (12-4)
6. Giants (9-6-1)
7. Seahawks (8-8)

8. Lions (8-8)
9. Packers (8-8)

It's getting spooky, and the possibilities for what's to come are endless. The postseason is just around the corner, so get your popcorn and -- if Whitner's prediction rings true -- your champagne ready as well.

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