Young prom attendees get a red carpet welcome from the 49ers at the prom at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. It is the first prom since the hospital moved to its new Mission Bay location on February 1. From left to right: Dillon Ferrell

Niners look to pick up where they left off in last game

With a dominating win on “Monday Night Football,” the 49ers reminded the league that they are still a force to be reckoned with, despite the popular notion that they are falling short of expectations.

The team still finds itself in with a lot of good news-bad news situations, however.

Some bad news: Hope of winning the NFC West may be a pipe dream, with the Seattle Seahawks sitting on a three-game lead with five games left to play.

The good news: The win Monday put them in a tie with the Arizona Cardinals for the NFC's final wild-card spot. San Francisco currently owns the tiebreaker with its victory over Arizona in Week 6.

More bad news: Arizona is the only team the 49ers have beaten in their seven victories that currently has a record over .500. The other four games against winning teams have been losses for the Niners, including two competitors for that wild-card spot, the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

The good news that balances that is that only two of the team's five remaining foes — the Seahawks and Cardinals — are currently over .500, and two — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons — already have no hope of finishing the season with a winning record.

One last bit of good news for the 49ers: Three of the final five games are at Candlestick, with the only road games against Tampa Bay, which has a 3-8 record, and in Arizona in the final week of the regular season, when things may have already been decided.

But first, the St. Louis Rams will bring their 5-6 record to The City today, hoping to keep their own playoff hopes alive. The 49ers won 35-11 in St. Louis on Sept. 26.

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