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49ers lose game, lose ground in West

The 49ers made it close for a half but were still routed by the Packers 34-16. Although they're not out of the NFC West race yet, their task is virtually impossible -- unless you're team president Jed York.

If there's a shred of optimism left among the San Francisco 49ers – players, coaches or administration – it must have taken a nasty hit on Sunday. All their fluttering dreams about the playoffs were deflated one more time, although mathematical speaking they aren't dead yet. But how much more of this false hope can they endure? If they're a playoff team, there's no way to justify their 34-16 loss...

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