The 49ers will be home for their first game of the playoffs. Everything beyond that is still in question.
Depending on how the final week of the regular season plays out San Francisco could find itself anywhere from the one to three seed in the NFC. This leaves every team in the NFC playoff picture as a potential opponent.
Here is my power ranking based on how each team matches up with the 49ers.
8.) New York Giants
New York will be the number six seed. Daniel Jones is not a quarterback who will scare anyone, but he has shown the ability to move. Jones has been sacked on 8.92 percent of his drop backs, worst among NFC playoff teams.
The Giants have a solid wide receiver in Darius Slayton and Saquon Barkely has been strong this season at running back. There is no one else on the offense that should scare the 49ers.
New York’s defense has given up the second most yards per rushing attempt this season and the 12th most points per possession.
7.) Seattle Seahawks
The 49ers swept their NFC West rivals in the playoffs. They are clearly the better team, but can they beat the Seahawks three times in one season? They couldn’t do it last year against the Rams.
6.) Detroit Lions
The Lions are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. After a 1-6 start to the season, they have won seven of their last nine.
Led by Jared Goff, Detroit’s offense has scored the fourth most points in the league.
Goff has cut down on mistakes this year, throwing only seven on 553 attempts. His offensive line has done a good job of keeping his uniform clean by allowing the second lowest sack percentage (3.99) in the NFC.
Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift gives the Lions a solid 1-2 punch in the run game and Amron St. Brown has over 1,100 yards receiving.
The question for Detroit is defense. They have allowed the second most net yards per pass attempt and third most yards per rush attempt. On the positive side they have forced 20 turnovers and have a plus-five turnover differential.
5.) Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota has been living on the razor’s edge all season with 11 of their 16 games decided by one possession.
The Vikings defense has allowed the second most points in the league along with the third highest net yards per pass attempt. They are ripe for the picking against the 49ers offense.
Kirk Cousins has plenty of firepower at his disposal with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen at receiver, and T.J. Hockenson at tight end. Dalvin Cook provides a solid running game as well with 1,136 yards and eight touchdowns.
4.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco blew out the Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium in week 14. Tampa Bay was playing without both of its starting safeties, Vita Vea, and right tackle Tristan Wirfs.
Tom Brady has been sacked on only 2.99% of his drop backs this season. The veteran’s quick release helping his offensive line out.
Tampa Bay’s defense is one of the tougher matchups in the league when healthy. They have allowed the fifth lowest net yards per pass this year.
3.) Green Bay Packers
Like Detroit, the Packers are getting hot at the right time.
Green Bay has a strong running game in Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, Allen Lazard leads a receiving corps that is starting to come around, and Robert Tonyan provides a solid option at tight end.
Aaron Rodgers may be the best quarterback in the NFC playoffs with his ability to make plays from the pocket or on the move. In addition, he’s been sacked on only 5.3% of his drop backs, fourth best in the NFC.
The Packers have turned it around on defense as well, allowing just 20 point or less over their last four games. Led by Jaire Alexander, 17 of Green Bay’s 24 forced turnovers have come from interceptions.
2.) Dallas Cowboys
Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott force opponents to focus on the run. This opens opportunities in the passing game for CeeDee Lamb and tight end Dalton Schultz.
Dak Prescott has struggled with turnovers recently, but his mobility could cause trouble for the 49ers defense.
Dallas has recorded 51 sacks this season and forced a league high 32 turnovers. They are second in the league with 28.8 points scored per game while allowing only 19.8.
1.) Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia has everything to matchup well with the 49ers. Strong running game. Strong wide receivers. Solid tight end. A defense that gets after the quarterback and forces turnovers.
The Eagles were 13-1 before losing Jalen Hurts for a couple weeks due to a shoulder injury. If he is fully healthy and able to play the same way he was prior to the injury watch out.