footer position wrong - HTML5 page

Help!  I'm putting together a website in HTML5 - my footer is not at the very bottom of the container, and I can't figure out why.  Please let me know what I did wrong.

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Kyle HamiltonConnect With a Mentor Data ScientistCommented:
give container position relative, and footer position absolute, then bottom:0

.container {
width: 960px;
background: white;
-moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 40px #000000;
-webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 40px black;
box-shadow: 0px 0px 40px black;
margin-top: 50px;
height: 500px;
margin-right: auto;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: auto;
position: relative;

footer {
padding: 10px 0;
background: #CCC49F;
position: absolute;
bottom: 0;

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Revolution9Author Commented:
I had to manually stretch the footer area to make it the same width as the container, it fell a bit short.  Thanks so much for your help!
Yes,,,, i agree w/ above.

Depending on the needs of the page.
you could also add

        min-height: 280px; 

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The you style css

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