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49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo lays out Vikings' Anthony Barr with pancake block

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49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo lays out Vikings' Anthony Barr with pancake block

Jimmy Garoppolo ... lead blocker?

With the score tied 7-7 early in the second quarter of the NFC Divisional Round Game between the 49ers and Minnesota Vikings, coach Kyle Shanahan dialed up some trickery, with receiver Deebo Samuel taking the ball on a reverse. 

With Samuel trailing him, Garoppolo took on Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr and laid him out with a strong pancake block.

Get you a QB that can do both. 

After the play -- which was initially ruled a fumble on Samuel but overturned -- Garoppolo promptly led the 49ers down the field, where running back Tevin Coleman plunged in from 1-yard out to put the 49ers up 14-7. 

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The 49ers won't be asking Garoppolo to switch positions anytime soon, but regardless, quite the athletic play from the quarterback in his first playoff start.

NFL playoff picture: Eagles win NFC East, could host 49ers in wild-card round

NFL playoff picture: Eagles win NFC East, could host 49ers in wild-card round

The NFC playoff field is set, but seeding is still up for grabs.

The Philadelphia Eagles punched their ticket to the NFL playoffs with a 34-17 win over the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands, clinching the NFC East division and the No. 4 seed in the NFC. The Eagles join the 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings as the six teams battling to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV.

The 9-7 Eagles will play host to the No. 5 seeded wild-card team, who will be the loser of the 49ers-Seahawks clash on Sunday night. Although both San Francisco (12-3) and Seattle (11-4) will have a better record than Philadelphia, the Eagles still will have home-field advantage by virtue of winning their division.

Thus if the 49ers lose Sunday night in Seattle, the Seahawks will win the NFC West and the Niners will earn a date in Philadelphia in the wild-card round on Jan. 4 or 5. But if the 49ers beat the Seahawks, they will win the West, earn the NFC's No. 1 seed and a first-round bye, and will host their first playoff game since 2012 during the Divisional Round on Jan. 11 or 12.

In that scenario, the 49ers still could play the Eagles in Round 2. They would square off against the winner of the Eagles-Seahawks wild-card round game, unless the No. 6 seeded Vikings beat the No. 3 seed -- the Saints, in this hypothetical. If the Vikings were to go into New Orleans and take down Drew Brees and Co. in Round 1, the 49ers would welcome Minnesota to Levi's Stadium in Round 2.

Got all of that? Good.

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Regardless, we'll know a lot more after the 49ers-Seahawks "Sunday Night Football" clash that kicks off at 5:20 p.m.

Get your popcorn ready.

49ers' D.J. Jones out for season with ankle injury, Kyle Shanahan says

49ers' D.J. Jones out for season with ankle injury, Kyle Shanahan says

D.J. Jones' season is over.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on KNBR Thursday that Jones will go on season-ending injured reserve, ending his breakout season.

Jones has started all 11 games in which he appeared this season. He has recorded 23 tackles and two sacks.

Shanahan said Wednesday that the 49ers were fearing Jones was lost to the season after suffering a "significant" ankle injury in the 49ers' 48-46 win over the Saints last Sunday. It appears their worst fears came true.

Solomon Thomas or Sheldon Day likely will start at nose tackle in Jones' place.

Additionally, Kentavius Street, who began practicing with the club last week, is expected to take Jones' place on the 53-man roster. Street was the 49ers' fourth-round pick in 2018 from North Carolina State but missed his entire rookie season with an ACL injury.

"It feels great," Street said Wednesday. "Just knocking some rust off, just making sure my tools are as sharp as they can be. But besides that, I feel great.

"Oh, yeah. I could run through a wall right now.”

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Jones adds to the 49ers' laundry list of injury woes on defense, joining Kwon Alexander on IR and Dee Ford, Richard Sherman and Jaquiski Tartt on the shelf.