49ers game Sunday vs. Packers: Odds and prediction for NFL playoffs game
By Peter Panacy
After beating the Cowboys in a thrilling Wild Card game, the 49ers now take on the No. 1-seeded Packers in the NFL playoffs’ divisional round.
The San Francisco 49ers should feel both good and relieved they were able to pull off a thrilling but nerve-wracking 23-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round.
The Niners will live on to see another week.
Yet that also means head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. have to travel to take on the No. 1-seeded Green Bay Packers, who finished the regular season with a 13-4 record and secured a first-round NFL playoffs bye, meaning they’ll have two weeks’ worth of rest and preparation for San Francisco.
It’s likely Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers winds up winning a consecutive NFL MVP award this season, and Rodgers and Co. already beat the 49ers earlier this season, a 30-28 prime-time thriller way back in Week 3 at Levi’s Stadium.
The Niners are hoping for the kind of results that emulate Rodgers having gone 0-3 in the playoffs against San Francisco over the course of his career.
49ers vs. Packers odds for divisional round of NFL playoffs
The 49ers managed to overcome being the underdog on the road against Dallas, although the oddsmakers at WynnBET are again listing them as road underdogs versus Green Bay, as the Niners are getting 4.5 points for this divisional-round contest.
Green Bay’s moneyline is currently at -220, while San Francisco is at +180.
The over/under is at 47.5.
49ers vs. Packers prediction for divisional round
The 49ers may be built to upset a team like the Packers, particularly if they stick to the kind of formula that worked the last time these two teams faced off against each other in the postseason: a one-sided NFC Championship win for the Niners in which Shanahan relied heavily on a stout pass-rushing defense and an overpowering run game.
Green Bay enters this game having surrendered 4.7 yards per rush during the regular season, ranked third worst in the league.
Still, it’s tough to see San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo outplaying Rodgers in a hostile environment, especially after Garoppolo and the 49ers narrowly overcame their collective mistakes against Dallas.
As such, we’ll unfortunately have to predict the Niners’ playoff campaign coming to a close this game with the Packers winning 30-24 and eliminating San Francisco.
Hope we’re wrong.
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