The San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks by a matter of inches on Sunday night, and their 26-21 win ended the NFL's regular season and gave the 49ers the NFC West title, the conference's top seed, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. NFC North champions the Green Bay Packers have also clinched a berth in the conference semifinals, as have the AFC top seed Baltimore Ravens and AFC West champs the Kansas City Chiefs. The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East title against the New York Giants on Sunday, securing a spot in the playoffs along with NFC South champs the New Orleans Saints.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will get his first chance next season to go up against his former team. And Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots will see the player they shipped away to the 49ers in the middle of the 2017 season for a second-round draft pick. The 49ers' opponents for next season have been finalized with the team's 26-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks to clinch the NFC West title.

San Francisco 49ers starting center Weston Richburg will miss the rest of the season and postseason after sustaining a torn right patellar tendon on Sunday in the team's 48-46 road win over the New Orleans Saints, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday afternoon. "It's tough," Shanahan said while also mentioning hamstring injuries to cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Dee Ford. Richburg, in his second season with the 49ers after agreeing to five-year deal March 2018, began his NFL career in 2014 after the New York Giants made him a second-round pick out of Colorado State.

The Cleveland Browns will be without safety Damarious Randall for their rematch with Pittsburgh. He did not travel with the Browns for the pivotal AFC North showdown. The Browns called it a coaching decision and said Randall's absence is not injury related.

The 49ers just moved to No. in the AP Pro32 poll, with the Seahawks not all that far behind at No. The Niners will counter with Jimmy Garoppolo and a very stingy defense.

The 49ers just moved to No. in the AP Pro32 poll, with the Seahawks not all that far behind at No. The Niners will counter with Jimmy Garoppolo and a very stingy defense.

Tevin Coleman scored on a 48-yard run to become the first San Francisco 49ers player since Jerry Rice 24 years ago to score three TDs in the first half. Coleman's long run late in the second quarter followed a 19-yard run in the first quarter and a 10-yard catch early in the second quarter to help San Francisco break out to a 27-3 halftime lead against Carolina. Coleman is the first 49ers player with three TDs in the first half since the Hall of Famer Rice did it against Minnesota on Dec. 18, 1995.

Wes Welker was busy coaching the San Francisco 49ers' wide receivers Monday night. During his weekly interview with Jim Gray on Monday night before Niners-Cleveland Browns, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady randomly re-opened an old wound from Super Bowl XLVI, referencing the time his wife, Gisele Bundchen, took an indirect shot at Welker after his crucial drop late in New England's eventual 21-17 loss to the New York Giants. Here's the context: Gray asked Brady, who passed Brett Favre into third place on the NFL's all-time passing yards list Sunday, what it means for him to reach so many individual milestones.

Tight ends are dominating my trade targets column for Week 5, as injuries continue to mount, and the landscape of the position remains as barren as ever. There is a rare opportunity to buy elite tight ends in this kind of market, but fantasy football is just like the stock market. Despite two down weeks, Evan Engram remains the TE2 on the fantasy football season through the first quarter of the season.

A large portion of the 49ers fan base, including Jerry Rice, might have wanted Antonio Brown. The 49ers' decision-makers, however, did not even make any attempt to acquire Brown in the offseason. Months later, there is nobody with the 49ers who might be regretting that decision.

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