There's a while before the 49ers are in the Super Bowl, but the latest betting odds suggest the Niners will face this AFC powerhouse in the big game.
if you want to feel good about the San Francisco 49ers' playoff prospects, nearly every sportsbook out there has head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad listed as the No. 1 Super Bowl favorite.
Case in point, the oddsmakers over at FanDuel list the Niners as favorites at +220, and the nearest team to those odds is the Baltimore Ravens at +320. Last year's Super Bowl champion, the Kansas City Chiefs, is significantly behind at +1000. And the team that beat San Francisco in the NFC Championship game last season, the Philadelphia Eagles, is even further behind KC at +1700.
Granted, these are just odds. They're not actual games. A lot will take place between now and the second weekend in February when Super Bowl 58 kicks off from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, much of it unexpected and unpredictable.
That said, considering the 49ers clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and will enjoy a first-round bye during Wild Card weekend, automatically advancing to the divisional round means Shanahan and Co. merely need to win three games to claim the franchise's sixth Lombardi Trophy.
But, what team from the AFC would stand in the way?
Oddsmakers have picked out the favorite for that outcome, too.
Super Bowl 58: Betting odds predict 49ers face Ravens
FanDuel has the Niners as a commanding NFC favorite at -130, while Baltimore is favored to win the AFC but at +125 after it, too, secured a top seed in its conference.
As far as matchups for Super Bowl 58 go, though, those same oddsmakers are liking a game featuring San Francisco against the Ravens in a rematch of the Christmas Day game in Week 16, which had Baltimore winning 33-19, and a quasi-revenge game of Super Bowl 47 back in 2013 in which Baltimore won 34-31 to hand the 49ers their first Super Bowl loss ever.
This year, a Niners versus Ravens matchup is favorited at +290.
Assuming San Francisco doesn't advance beyond the NFC Championship game, but Baltimore does, oddsmakers have the Ravens facing the Dallas Cowboys at +900.
If the 49ers advance and Baltimore doesn't, the oddsmakers like the Niners' AFC opponent to be the Buffalo Bills at +550.
Considering San Francisco is 1-4 against the Ravens with head coach John Harbaugh at the helm, perhaps it's best that another team aside from Baltimore winds up making it to the Super Bowl from the AFC side.
Super Bowl 58 will commence on Sunday, Feb. 11 from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.