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Report: Good chance Kwon Alexander plays next weekend

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In a thrilling SNF matchup, the 49ers stopped the Seahawks on the 1-yard line to win 26-21 and clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Chris Simms breaks down one of the best games of the season.

The 49ers got linebacker Kwon Alexander back on the practice field this week and Alexander may be doing more than practicing next week.

Alexander has been out since tearing his pectoral muscle in late October and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he has a “good chance” of playing next Saturday. The 49ers will find out their opponent on Sunday.

If Alexander does play next weekend, he’d join Texans defensive end J.J. Watt in making it back from pectoral tears in time to take part in the postseason. Alexander said this week that Watt “lifted me up a little bit” as they were going through the recovery process last year.

The 49ers also hope to have defensive end Dee Ford and safety Jaquiski Tartt back in the lineup for their playoff opener.