San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders still have slight chance to sneak into playoffs

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — There are only four games left in the season for both Bay Area franchises.

Although the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders carry losing records, there is a slight chance they could sneak into the playoffs.

Fans may be asking — How is this even possible?

It is because the rest of the league is struggling as well. This year has been a prime case of parity in the NFL, as practically every team has a shot at the postseason, even the eight-loss 49ers.

But they are not about to start getting ahead of themselves.

“I think we’re just looking at it as a four-game season,” 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert said. “That’s kind of how you’ve got to focus. It’s each and every week is kind of a mini-season, and that’s the only way you’re going to improve and stay focused at the end of the year.”

There’s always a chance is the running narrative of the 2015 NFL season.

Even through the Colin Kaepernick fiasco, a four-game losing streak, and no back-to-back wins, the Niners have not been eliminated from the playoff hunt.

The man that can change that this Sunday, however, is Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who has a style players said is very similar to a QB they have seen before–Russell Wilson.

“They’re about the same build,” 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said. “They’re about the same height. Speed might be similar. He looks pretty fast on film. He has good vision in the pocket, so we gotta do a good job of getting to him.”

Heading across the Bay, the 5-7 raiders have had to move past a recent fourth-quarter meltdown against the Kansas City Chiefs, as they prepare to meet Jack Del Rio’s former team in Mile High.

Instead of Peyton Manning, the defense will be keying on his young undefeated apprentice–Brock Osweiler.

“Obviously, he’s been preparing for that day when he got his opportunity, and he’s done a great job filling in, as Peyton has been down the last three weeks playing good football for them,” Raiders head coach Del Rio said.

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