NFC Championship 49ers vs. Eagles Betting Preview & Picks
The Eagles opened as 1.5-point faves at NFL gambling sites with a total of forty five point five (45.5). The NFL league’s top two defenses will be facing off in the NFC championship football game on Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers (with a record of 15-4 SU, 13-6 ATS) are on a 12-game winning streak. They are heading into Philadelphia to clash with the Eagles (with a record of 15-3, 9-9).
San Francisco has been allowing the fewest yards in the NFL. They are ranking 2nd against the run. Philadelphia is ranking No. 2 in total yards allowed and No. 1 against the pass. These two teams have gone UNDER the total in each of their past four encounters. That includes last season’s game in Philadelphia which the 49ers won 17 points to 11 points.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Odds by MyBookie.ag
|49ers||+2½ (-105)||45½ (-110)||+125|
|Eagles||-2½ (-115)||45½ (-110)||-145|
Betting San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco continues to be the hottest team in the league. They claimed their 12th straight consecutive victory last week with a 19 points to 12 points win over Dallas in the divisional round. The Niners defensive unit led the way. They held the Cowboys to just one touchdown score and two field goals.
They also intercepted Dak Prescott two times. That is the eighth time in the past 10 games that the Niners have forced at least two TOs. Speaking of which, rookie QB Brock Purdy keeps playing flawless football.
He threw for 200-plus passing yards without a pick for the second consecutive week in a row. Elijah Mitchell and Christian McCaffrey ran for a total of 86 rushing yards on 24 carries, even though both have been nursing injuries heading into the NFC title game. Mitchell has been dealing with a groin injury while McCaffrey sustained a calf contusion, but both of these two players are expected to take the gridiron in Philadelphia.
San Francisco’s defense has been built to stop run-oriented offenses such as Philadelphia’s. They have allowed the fewest rushing yards on the ground per game in the league this season. If the Niners can contain the Eagles’ run game without having to resort to bringing extra players close to the line of scrimmage, having an additional defensive back or linebacker in the coverage could also be of help to slow down Philly’s passing attack.
Though this is Purdy’s first career postseason start on the road, the duo of McCaffrey and Mitchell can make things a whole lot easier for their young QB if they move the ball on the ground against the Eagles defense that has been performing league-average against the run.
Betting Philadelphia Eagles
Philly did not need a huge passing game from Jalen Hurts to defeat the Giants, but the Eagles are likely going to need more than 154 passing yards through the air from their MVP hopeful to beat San Francisco.
In particular, if the 49ers manage to keep Philadelphia’s running game at bay. The Eagles defense is the stiffest challenge that Purdy will have encountered so far. They are ranking No. 1 in the league against the pass.
They are coming off a five-sack showing last week against the Giants. The weather conditions, not unlike the best online sportsbooks, will also be in favor of Philadelphia against a West Coast squad that played in mid-40s temperatures last weekend.
Any worries that Philly fans might have had about the bruised shoulder of Jalen Hurts were all but dispelled early in the Eagles’ 38 points to 7 points trouncing of the Giants in last week’s divisional round.
Hurts went on to complete his first seven pass attempts, threw for two touchdown scores and ran for another TD in his first start since he was held without a TD in Philly’s 2022 regular-season closer. Running backs Kenneth Gainwell and Miles Sanders were a huge story as well last week.
They combined for 202 of Philadelphia’s 268 rushing yards on the ground. On the other side of the football, the Eagles delivered their best defensive performance of the season. They held New York to just one touchdown score and 227 total yards. After they went OVER the total in 11 of 12 games at Lincoln Financial Field, Philly has been going UNDER in each of its past three at home (according to NFL gambling sites’ betting trends).
San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick
Philadelphia will Win the game, Cover the point Spread, and the Total has an equal possibility of being either Over or Under.