This is the game that everyone wanted. In a sport where there’s so much randomness and the idea of “any given Sunday” is so real, the NFC Championship game will feature the two best teams in the NFC.
The San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles clearly have the two best rosters in the conference and they’ve been on a collision course for most of the year.
Both Brock Purdy and Jalen Hurts have passed every test and for the most part done it with flying colors, but questions still linger about the young quarterbacks. Can Purdy do it on the road in the playoffs, is Hurts 100% healthy, what if Purdy turns the ball over, can Hurts get it done if the run game isn’t going? And the most important question, which quarterback will get their team to the Super Bowl? We’ll find out on Sunday in Philadelphia. Let’s get into the odds for the NFC Championship game.
49ers vs. Eagles odds, spread and total
Philadelphia and San Francisco betting trends
The Eagles are 9-9 against the spread (ATS) this season
The 49ers is 13-6 ATS this season
The Under is 7-0 in San Francisco’s last seven playoff road games
San Francisco is 5-0 ATS in their last five playoff games
The under is 4-1 in Philadelphia’s last five games overall
49ers vs. Eagles prediction and pick
If you want to pass the ball 40 times against the Philadelphia Eagles then you’re in serious trouble. You better be able to run the ball. The Eagles finished the season with 70 sacks, just two off the NFL record for team sacks in a season. This defensive line can really get after a young quarterback like Brock Purdy and make it a long day for the 49ers offense. It’s too bad that they don’t have an offensive savant who has schemed up the best rushing attack in the NFL for years, calling plays. Oh wait, good news 49ers fans, your coach is Kyle Shanahan and he traded for Christian McCaffrey for this exact game.
San Francisco averaged 4.7 yards per carry this season and 138.8 rushing yards per game. The Eagles aren’t abysmal against the run, but it is by far the biggest weakness on this team. It got so bad they had to sign Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph off the street in the middle of the year. They give up 121.6 rushing yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry. Shanahan has trusted Purdy to throw 30 times against Seattle and 29 times against the Cowboys, but this week he’ll go back to his roots and the Niners could run for 200 yards in this one.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that San Fran is headed to the Super Bowl. They have the No. 1 defense in the NFL, but it has weaknesses too. Like stopping physically dominant No. 1 receivers. In the Wild Card round, DK Metcalf went off for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches. It’s a good thing that Philadelphia doesn’t have a better version of Metcalf. Oh wait, bad news 49ers fans, the Eagles have AJ Brown.
The 19-12 win over Dallas was far from an offensive explosion, but this week, we’ll get fireworks in Philly. Give me the over!
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