ST. LOUIS -- The 49ers clinched the NFC playoffs' No. 2 seed Sunday with a 34-27, harrowing win inside the St. Louis Rams' half-empty Edward Jones Dome.

The No. 2 seed brings with it a bye for next weekend's wild-card round. The NFC West-champion 49ers (13-3) will make their first playoff appearance in nine years on the weekend of Jan. 14-15.