The Green Bay Packers travel to the Bay Area this weekend to battle the San Francisco 49ers in the 2020 NFC Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 6:40 PM EST on January 19th at Levi’s Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the 49ers listed as 7.5-point home favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as San Francisco is currently available at -7.5. The total for this matchup is 46.5 points.
49ers vs Packers Game Odds & Betting Preview
Green Bay Packers
The Packers edged out Seattle at home last weekend to punch their ticket to California and give themselves a shot at advancing to the Super Bowl. Green Bay jumped out to an early 21-3 lead and managed to hang on for the victory despite getting outscored 20-7 by the Seahawks over the final two quarters of the game. QB Aaron Rodgers went 16/27 for 243 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while RB Aaron Jones found the end zone twice on the ground. Davante Adams absolutely torched the secondary, racking up eight receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. As a whole, the Packers generated over 350 total yards of offense and scored four touchdowns in the win.
Green Bay was fairly average on the other side of the ball against the Seahawks, allowing just over 350 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Packers did struggle to contain Seattle WR Tyler Lockett, as he exploded for 136 receiving yards and a touchdown on nine catches.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers put on a show defensively at home last weekend, beating Minnesota 27-10 to move within one game of their first Super Bowl berth since 2013. San Francisco led 14-10 at the half before pulling away over the final 30 minutes of the game by scoring 13 unanswered points. QB Jimmy Garoppolo went 11/19 for 131 passing yards and a touchdown through the air but also got picked off once as well. RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while Deebo Samuel led the way for the receiving corps with three catches for 42 yards. Overall, the 49ers gained over 300 total yards of offense and found the end zone three times in the win.
San Francisco was outstanding defensively against the Vikings, limiting Minnesota to under 200 total yards of offense and one touchdown. The 49ers were especially impressive defending against the run, as they allowed only 21 rushing yards the entire game.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Packers +7.5
While I would have loved to jump on the San Francisco bandwagon when they originally opened at -6, the spread has now moved too far the other way and erased pretty much all the potential value. While I still think that the 49ers will find a way to win this game outright, Aaron Rodgers has shown throughout his career that he is a premiere big-game performer. Throw in the fact that he has long-carried a grudge against San Francisco due to a perceived slight in the 2005 NFL Draft and I think that Rodgers will find a way to keep things close for four quarters on Sunday evening.
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The 49ers have dominated Green Bay against the spread in recent years, covering the number in five out of the last six battles between these two NFC rivals. San Francisco is also a very impressive 5-2 against the spread over their last seven games overall and have won four out of their last five outings at home as well. On the other side, the Packers are 4-2 against the spread since mid-November and a perfect 6-0 outright over that same time span. I’ll take my chances with the 7.5 points in this matchup – give me Green Bay to grind out a tough road cover in what should be a highly entertaining 2020 NFC Championship Game.