On Nov. 18, the 49ers' situation looked grim.The team had lost consecutive games to the Panthers and Saints after a bye week, had sunk to 6-4 and was on shaky ground in the playoff picture.As Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reported at the time, one statistical analysis showed the 49ers had just a 35.7 percent chance of making the playoffs as a wild-card team.Now, after consecutive victories over the Rams, Redskins and Seahawks, the 49ers are 9-4 and in control over their playoff fate.The Niners fly to Tampa Bay this week for a game against the 4-9 Bucs, then will close out the regular season with a Monday night game against the Falcons (3-10) on Dec. 23 and a Dec. 29 matchup in Arizona vs. the Cardinals (8-5).With an offense rejuvenated with the return of wideout Michael Crabtree, left guard Mike Iupati back practicing again and head coach Jim Harbaugh discovering a good-luck charm in his old-fashioned black cleats (which apparently turned the tide against Seattle last Sunday), the Niners have things going their way.The 49ers and Panthers, both 9-4, are now tied for best record among wild-card contenders, a game ahead of the Cardinals and two ahead of the Cowboys and Bears (both...