The San Francisco 49ers beat the rival L.A. Rams in Week 16 and top NFC West contender Seattle in Week 17. That propelled the Niners to the first seed in the NFC Playoffs. A low-odds favorite to win both the NFC and the Super Bowl, the 49ers get Wildcard Weekend off before they start their quest for both. Is San Francisco worth a look at the odds to win the conference? Should future bettors consider wagering on San Francisco to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy? Check out a postseason betting analysis on the San Francisco 49ers!
San Francisco 49ers 2020 NFL Postseason Betting Prediction
San Francisco 49ers Odds
San Francisco 49ers Team Analysis
San Francisco went 13-3 SU and 9-6-1 ATS behind one of the most feared defenses in the league. The 49ers ranked second in total yards allowed. Opponents averaged 281.8 per. What makes the 49ers’ defense so devastating is how they get to quarterbacks to stop the pass. While opponents rushed for 112 yards per against San Francisco, they managed just 169.2 passing yards per game.
The 49ers produced 48 sacks. That ranked 5th behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and L.A. Rams. San Francisco forced 23 fumbles. The most in the league. But even though the defense carried SF for most of the season, the 49ers aren’t a one-trick pony team.
The offense rocked as well. San Francisco averages 381.1 yards per game. That ranks 4th in the NFL. The rushing attack is good for 144.1 yards per, ranking 2nd in the league. Jimmy Garoppolo does a great impression of Troy Aikman. He averages 237 yards per and isn’t flashy. He does what he must for the 49ers to score 29.9 points each game, though. San Francisco ranks second in scoring per.
The top seed might get better on defense. If Dee Ford returns one-hundred percent, the defense will terrorize opposing offenses even more in the playoffs than it did during the season.
Are +115 fair odds on the 49ers to win the NFC?
On the one hand, yes. The 49ers beat their top competition, New Orleans, 48-46 during the regular season. Not only that but the Saints must play during Wildcard Weekend while the Niners get the week off.
On the other hand, San Francisco didn’t play its best football in December. New Orleans scored 46 points against them. Atlanta beat them straight up 29-22. They had to rally to beat the Rams 34-31.
In Week 17, Seattle had a chance to punch it in from the 1-yard line on the last play of the game. If not for a delay of game call, the Seahawks might have knocked the 49ers from the 1-seed to the 5-seed.
It adds up to having faith in San Francisco that they will beat their NFC Divisional Playoff opponent and their NFC Conference opponent. At +115, that’s more faith than we should offer this talented but tired squad.
Are +375 fair odds on the 49ers to win the Super Bowl?
Even though the San Francisco 49ers aren’t a great play to win the conference at +115, they are a good play to win the Super Bowl at +375. It’s about the odds. The odds to win the Super Bowl are more than justified because San Francisco is 1-of-2 teams that can upset the Baltimore Ravens.
If we pencil in the Ravens as the AFC winners, we must look to the NFC to beat the Ravens in the Super Bowl. 2 NFC teams can accomplish that: the 49ers and the Saints. San Francisco almost beat the Ravens during the regular season.
If the week off allows San Francisco to recharge, they can win the NFC. If they win the NFC, they can beat the Ravens or anyone else in the Super Bowl. So, yes, the odds to win the NFC are underlay odds because the competition is fierce and they’re a tired bunch. The odds to win the Super Bowl are overlay odds.
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