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2015 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2015 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 66th season in the National Football League, the 70th overall, second playing their home games at Levi's Stadium, and the only season under head coach Jim Tomsula. They were attempting to make history as the first Super Bowl host team to play the championship game on its own home field, but failed to make the postseason for the second consecutive season in Week 14.

2015 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coachJim Tomsula
General managerTrent Baalke
OwnerJed York
Home fieldLevi's Stadium
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersILB NaVorro Bowman
T Joe Staley
AP All-ProsNaVorro Bowman 1st team
Uniform
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Coaching changesEdit

With their loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15 of the 2014-15 season, the 49ers were mathematically eliminated from the postseason, exacerbating tensions between Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and General Manager Trent Baalke. After the season ended, the 49ers and Harbaugh mutually agreed to end his contract.[1] On January 14, 2015, Jim Tomsula was promoted to head coach after serving as defensive line coach with the team since 2007; it is his second time at the helm, as he previously served as the 49ers' interim head coach for one game, after Mike Singletary's firing in 2010.[2]

Roster changesEdit

Free AgencyEdit

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed/released 2015 team Notes
QB Blaine Gabbert UFA March 12, 2015 San Francisco 49ers Signed 2 year/$2 million[3]
QB Josh Johnson UFA April 2, 2015 Cincinnati Bengals [4]
RB Frank Gore UFA March 10, 2015 Indianapolis Colts Signed 3 year/$12 million[5]
RB Alfonso Smith UFA - - -
RB Phillip Tanner UFA - - -
WR Michael Crabtree UFA April 13, 2015 Oakland Raiders Signed 1 year/$3.2 million[6]
WR Brandon Lloyd UFA - - -
WR Kassim Osgood UFA - - -
G Mike Iupati UFA March 10, 2015 Arizona Cardinals Signed 5 year/$40 million[7]
LB Dan Skuta UFA March 11, 2015 Jacksonville Jaguars Signed 5 year/$20.5 million[8]
LB Desmond Bishop UFA March 31, 2015 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1 year[9]
CB Chris Culliver UFA March 13, 2015 Washington Redskins Signed 4 year/$32 million[10]
CB Perrish Cox UFA March 14, 2015 Tennessee Titans Signed 3 year/$15 million[11]
CB Chris Cook UFA March 14, 2015 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1 year[12]
LS Kyle Nelson RFA March 6, 2015 San Francisco 49ers Signed 4 year[13]
TE Garrett Celek RFA March 12, 2015 San Francisco 49ers Signed 1 year[3]
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
LEGEND
 –  Light green background indicates a player has been re-signed by the 49ers.
 –  Light red background indicates a player has departed the 49ers.

SigningsEdit

Position Player 2014 Team Date signed Notes
DE Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals March 5, 2015 Signed 2 year/$7.5 million [14]
WR Jerome Simpson Minnesota Vikings March 5, 2015 Signed 2-year deal[15]
WR Torrey Smith Baltimore Ravens March 11, 2015 Signed 5 year/$40 million[16]
RB Reggie Bush Detroit Lions March 14, 2015 Signed 1 year/2.5 million[17]
CB Shareece Wright San Diego Chargers March 14, 2015 Signed 1 year/$3 million[18]
OT Erik Pears Buffalo Bills March 14, 2015 Signed 2 year/$4.7 million[19]
LB Nick Bellore New York Jets April 3, 2015 Signed 2-year deal[20]
LB Philip Wheeler Miami Dolphins April 30, 2015 [21]
LB Shawn Lemon August 8, 2015 [22]
LB Steve Beauharnais Washington Redskins August 7, 2015 [23]
Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2014 season.

DeparturesEdit

Position Player Date Notes
S Bubba Ventrone March 3, 2015 Retired[24]
LB Patrick Willis March 10, 2015 Retired[25]
WR Stevie Johnson March 12, 2015 Released[26]
LB Chris Borland March 16, 2015 Retired[27]
OT Jonathan Martin March 26, 2015 Released[28]
WR Trindon Holliday April 30, 2015 Released[29]
G Fouimalo Fonoti April 30, 2015 Waived[29]
WR Lance Lewis April 30, 2015 Waived[29]
DE Justin Smith May 18, 2015 Retired[30]
OT Anthony Davis June 5, 2015 Retired[31]
P Andy Lee June 6, 2015 Traded[32]
LB Aldon Smith August 7, 2015 Released[33]
CB Chris Cook August 5, 2015 Released[34]
TE Vernon Davis November 2, 2015 Traded[35]

2015 NFL DraftEdit

San Francisco 49ers 2015 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 15 15 Traded to the San Diego Chargers[a]
17 17 Arik Armstead Defensive end 6'7" 292 Oregon From Chargers[a]
2 14 46 Jaquiski Tartt Safety 6'1" 221 Samford
3 15 79 Eli Harold Defensive end 6'3" 247 Virginia
4 14 113 Traded to the Buffalo Bills[b]
18 117 Blake Bell Tight end 6'6" 252 Oklahoma From Chargers[a]
27 126 Mike Davis Running back 5'9" 217 South Carolina From Broncos[c]
33 132 DeAndre Smelter Wide receiver 6'2" 226 Georgia Tech Compensatory pick
5 15 151 Traded to the Indianapolis Colts[f]
29 165 Bradley Pinion Punter 6'5" 229 Clemson From Colts[f]
6 14 190 Ian Silberman Guard 6'5" 306 Boston College
7 15 232 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[d]
27 244 Trenton Brown Guard 6'8" 355 Florida From Colts[f]
29 246 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[g] From Colts[e]
37 254 Rory Anderson Tight end South Carolina Compensatory pick

Notes

^[a] The 49ers traded their first-round selection (No. 15 overall) to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for San Diego's first- and fourth-round selection (Nos. 17 and 117 overall, respectively) as well a fifth-round selection in 2016.[36]
^[b] The 49ers traded a conditional fourth-round selection to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for wide receiver Stevie Johnson; the selection could be upgraded to a third-rounder pending Johnson's statistics in 2014.[37]
^[c] The 49ers acquired an additional fourth-round selection as part of a trade that sent their 2014 second- and seventh-round selections to the Denver Broncos.[38]
^[d] The 49ers traded a seventh-round selection to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.[39]
^[e] The 49ers acquired an additional seventh-round selection in a trade that sent linebacker Cam Johnson to the Indianapolis Colts.[40]
^[f] The 49ers traded their fifth-round selection (No. 151 overall) to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Indianapolis's fifth- and seventh-round selection (Nos. 165 and 244 overall, respectively).
^[g] The 49ers acquired a sixth-round selection in 2016 as part of a trade that sent their seventh-round selections (No. 246) to Dallas Cowboys.

Undrafted free agentsEdit

Position Player College Notes
RB Jarryd Hayne None Played professional Rugby League from 2006 to 2014 in Australia
QB Dylan Thompson South Carolina
WR Dres Anderson Utah
OLB Marcus Rush Michigan State
WR Issac Blakeney Duke
OT Patrick Miller Auburn
WR Darius Davis Henderson State
WR DeAndrew White Alabama

StaffEdit

2015 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office
  • Co-Chairman – Denise DeBartolo York
  • Co-Chairman – John York
  • Chief Executive Officer – Jed York
  • Co-Owner – Gideon Yu
  • President – Paraag Marathe
  • Chief Operating Officer – Al Guido
  • General Manager – Trent Baalke
  • Senior Personnel Executive – Tom Gamble
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Mike Williams
  • Director of College Scouting – Matt Malaspina
  • Director of Football Administration & Analytics – Brian Hampton
  • Special Assistant to the Head Coach – Bill Nayes

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Thomas McGaughey
  • Assistant Special Teams – Richard Hightower

Strength and conditioning

  • Director of Human Performance – Mark Uyeyama
  • Strength, Conditioning & Nutrition Assistant – Kurt Schmidt
  • Strength & Conditioning Assistant – Brian Johnson
  • Strength & Conditioning Assistant – David Young

Final rosterEdit

2015 San Francisco 49ers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 15 at Houston Texans L 10–23 0–1 NRG Stadium Recap
2 August 23 Dallas Cowboys W 23–6 1–1 Levi's Stadium Recap
3 August 29 at Denver Broncos L 12–19 1–2 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
4 September 3 San Diego Chargers W 14–12 2–2 Levi's Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 14 Minnesota Vikings W 20–3 1–0 Levi's Stadium Recap
2 September 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 18–43 1–1 Heinz Field Recap
3 September 27 at Arizona Cardinals L 7–47 1–2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 October 4 Green Bay Packers L 3–17 1–3 Levi's Stadium Recap
5 October 11 at New York Giants L 27–30 1–4 MetLife Stadium Recap
6 October 18 Baltimore Ravens W 25–20 2–4 Levi's Stadium Recap
7 October 22 Seattle Seahawks L 3–20 2–5 Levi's Stadium Recap
8 November 1 at St. Louis Rams L 6–27 2–6 Edward Jones Dome Recap
9 November 8 Atlanta Falcons W 17–16 3–6 Levi's Stadium Recap
10 Bye
11 November 22 at Seattle Seahawks L 13–29 3–7 CenturyLink Field Recap
12 November 29 Arizona Cardinals L 13–19 3–8 Levi's Stadium Recap
13 December 6 at Chicago Bears W 26–20 (OT) 4–8 Soldier Field Recap
14 December 13 at Cleveland Browns L 10–24 4–9 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
15 December 20 Cincinnati Bengals L 14–24 4–10 Levi's Stadium Recap
16 December 27 at Detroit Lions L 17–32 4–11 Ford Field Recap
17 January 3 St. Louis Rams W 19–16 (OT) 5–11 Levi's Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week One: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 033
49ers 0 7 31020

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

In the 49ers first game with new Coach Jim Tomsula, the 49ers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 20–3 on Monday Night Football. Carlos Hyde in his first career start rushed 26 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Hyde's 168 rushing yards are the most by a 49ers player since 2012, when Colin Kaepernick rushed for 181 against the Packers. Colin Kaepernick went 17 for 26 with 165 yards passing. The 49ers defense was stout, holding the Vikings to just three points and sacking Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater five times. Adrian Peterson, returning from suspension, rushed for only 31 yards on 10 carries. This game also marked the return of NaVorro Bowman, who missed all of the 2014 season with an injury. He had seven tackles and a sack in the season opener. In addition, the 49ers introduced black alternate uniforms. [41]

Week 2: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Two: San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers– Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 3 01518
Steelers 8 21 01443

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

The 49ers first road game of the year ends in a disaster. The 49ers defense had no answer for Ben Roethlisberger, who went 21 for 27, 369 yards and three touchdown passes as the Steelers won 43-18. The Steelers took a commanding 29-3 halftime lead. Despite only scoring 18 points, the 49ers offense opened up in the second half, with Kaepernick leading the 49ers into the Steelers red zone four times, but only able to score one touchdown (along with a field goal and two turnover on downs). The highlight for the 49ers was Kaepernick hitting wide receiver Torrey Smith for a 75-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The Steelers' defense had a field day on Kaepernick by sacking him 5 times and making him lose a fumble.

With the loss, the 49ers fell to 1-1.

Week 3: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Three: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals– Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 7 007
Cardinals 14 17 9747

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the first player since 1925 to throw two interceptions returned for touchdowns (Pick sixes) to start a game. He had four interceptions in the game overall and the Arizona Cardinals thrashed the 49ers 47-7. This is the most points the Cardinals have scored against the 49ers ever. The 49ers have now been outscored 90-25 in the last two weeks and now drop their record to 1-2.

Week 4: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Four: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 7 0 10017
49ers 0 3 003

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

Despite a good showing by the 49ers defense (holding the Packers to a season low 17 points and sacking Aaron Rodgers 3 times), the 49ers offense struggled all game. It was another frustrating day for Colin Kaepernick, who consistently missed receivers and threw an interception. Throughout the game, he was sacked six times. In the last two weeks, Kaepernick has no touchdown passes and five interceptions with a quarterback rating of 12.7.

With yet another tough loss, the Niners dropped to 1-3 as well as being outscored a total of 110-48 in their first 4 games. As of the end of week 4, the 49ers are last in the league in total points scored.

Week 5: at New York GiantsEdit

Week Five: San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants– Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 3 3 71427
Giants 3 10 71030

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

In one of the wildest games of the year, the 49ers lose a heartbreaker in the final minute. The 49ers offense, which struggled the previous two weeks and had just 6 points at halftime in this game, came alive and scored three second half touchdowns, including Carlos Hyde's 2 yard go ahead touchdown run with 1:45 left on the clock to give the 49ers a 27-23 lead. But Giants quarterback Eli Manning led the Giants down the field and threw a 12-yard touchdown to Larry Donnell with :17 left in the game. The 49ers defense was shredded for an astonishing 525 yards by the Giants offense. There were five lead changes in the game, three of them in the final 4:29 of the fourth quarter.

Week 6: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Six: Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 0 6 7720
49ers 6 10 3625

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

The 49ers meet the Ravens for the first time since Super Bowl XLVII, in which the Ravens won 34-31. In the second quarter, Colin Kaepernick threw a 76-yard pass to ex-Raven Torrey Smith to lead San Francisco 13-3. In the fourth quarter, Kaepernick threw another touchdown, this time to Quinton Patton, for 11-yard pass to lead the 49ers 25-13. This was Patton's first NFL touchdown. With the win, the 49ers have avenged their Super Bowl loss and broke their 4-game losing streak, and they go to 2-4.

Week 7: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 10 0320
49ers 0 0 303

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

Much like last year's Thanksgiving Day matchup, the 49ers were unable to stop the defending NFC Champions. Colin Kaepernick struggled all game long and he was sacked six times much like Week 4 against Green Bay, where the 49ers were only held to a field goal. With the 20-3 loss, the 49ers drop to 2-5.

Week 8: at St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Eight: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams– Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 3 3 006
Rams 2 18 0727

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

With the loss, San Francisco fell to 2-6.

Week 9: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Nine: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 3 10 0316
49ers 0 17 0017

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

This was Blaine Gabbert's first game as starting quarterback with the 49ers, replacing Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers were also without tight end Vernon Davis, who was traded to the Denver Broncos, after nine and a half seasons with the team.

Week 11: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Eleven: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks– Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 7 6013
Seahawks 13 7 3629

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,993
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Blaine Gabbert made his second start and remained starter for the rest of the season with Colin Kaepernick undergoing season-ending surgery on his left non-throwing shoulder.

Week 12: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Twelve: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 3 3 7619
49ers 0 3 10013

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,799
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the 49ers fell to 3-8 and were swept by the Cardinals for the first time since 2008.

Week 13: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week Thirteen: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears– Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
49ers 6 7 07626
Bears 6 7 07020

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 62,088
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The 49ers would trail 20-13 with less than a minute to go. Blaine Gabbert would run in a game-tying 44 yard touchdown to tie the game at 20. However, the Bears appeared to have the game won when they went down the field after a 74-yard kick return by Deonte Thompson. But when Robbie Gould— who is, ironically, now the 49ers' starting kicker— came out to attempt a game-winning 36 yard field goal, the kick was wide left, resulting in overtime. In the overtime period, Gabbert would throw the game-winning 71-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith to win the game for San Francisco. This was San Francisco's first win in Chicago since the 1989 NFC Championship Game.

With the win, the Niners went to 4-8.

Week 14: at Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Fourteen: San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns– Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 3 0710
Browns 7 3 7724

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

With the loss, the 49ers were eliminated from the playoffs, and become the latest Super Bowl host team to fail to play the championship game on its own home field.

Week 15: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Fifteen: Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 21 3024
49ers 0 0 7714

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

The 49ers would overall play an ugly game, as they lost 24-14 to the powerful Cincinnati Bengals. Blaine Gabbert would throw 3 interceptions, while Anquan Boldin lost a fumble as well.

With the loss, the 49ers fell to 4-10.

Week 16: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week Sixteen: San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions– Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 7 10 0017
Lions 3 17 3932

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 61,313
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the 49ers fell to 4-11.

Week 17: vs. St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Seventeen: St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers– Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Rams 3 13 00016
49ers 0 10 33319

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: January 3, 2016
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,799
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom McCarthy and Adam Archuleta
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

This was the final game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams. With the win, the 49ers ended their season 5-11.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Arizona Cardinals 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 489 313 L1
(6) Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 423 277 W1
St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 280 330 L1
San Francisco 49ers 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 238 387 W1

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division Leaders
1 Carolina Panthers South 15 1 0 .938 5–1 11–1 .441 .438 W1
2 Arizona Cardinals West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 .477 .457 L1
3 Minnesota Vikings North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .504 .449 W3
4 Washington Redskins East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 8–4 .465 .403 W4
Wild Cards
5[a] Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .531 .450 L2
6[a] Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .520 .431 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Atlanta Falcons South 8 8 0 .500 1–5 5–7 .480 .453 L1
8[b] St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .527 .482 L1
9[b] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .535 .429 W3
10[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 .508 .473 W1
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 .504 .402 W2
12[c] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .500 .396 L3
13[c] Chicago Bears North 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .547 .469 L1
14[c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 .484 .406 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .539 .463 W1
16 Dallas Cowboys East 4 12 0 .250 3–3 3–9 .531 .438 L4
Tiebreakers[d]
  1. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Seattle based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c d St. Louis and Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on conference record. St. Louis finished ahead of Detroit based on head-to-head victory.
    Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on head-to-head sweep, while Philadelphia finished ahead of New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c The New York Giants and Chicago each finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on head-to-head victory, while the Giants finished ahead of Chicago based on conference record.
  4. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

NotesEdit

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