The San Francisco 49ers missed out on a first-round bye and perhaps home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. However, because the Seahawks finished 13-3, the 49ers will open the postseason on the road at Green Bay. San Francisco has won six straight games, and while some of those wins came against struggling teams like the Redskins and Buccaneers, it also knocked off the Seattle and Arizona. NFL oddsmakers at Bovada have the 49ers in the Top 3 at 8/1 odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl. Below is my 49ers Super Bowl preview along with NFL Playoff Lines for all games on tap this weekend.
The 49ers experienced some early hiccups, losing back to back games to the Seahawks and Colts in weeks two and three, but they roll into the playoffs as hot as any team in the league.
Although the 49ers will likely have to play three road games to make the Super Bowl, they are definitely capable of doing so. They have owned Green Bay in recent years and are the favorite to win that game. They also appear to be the NFC team with the best chance of beating the Seahawks in Seattle.
Their run game is outstanding, and the defense is stout. And coach Jim Harbaugh is no slouch either, earning his third postseason appearance in three years on the job. In 2011, the 49ers went to the NFC title game. Last year, they represented the NFC in the Super Bowl. It should surprise no one if the 49ers make a similar run over the next month.
The 49ers enter the playoffs with the 24th ranked offense (323ypg), 30th ranked pass game (186ypg) and a 3rd ranked ground game (137ypg). They average 25.4ppg good for 11th in the league. Colin Kaepernick threw for 3197 yards with 21 touchdown passes and eight interceptions for a 91.6 QB rating. Anquan Boldin leads their receiving core with 1179 yards and seven touchdowns, while their top rusher is Frank Gore with 1128 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns, with three fumbles.
On defense they are ranked 7th (318ypg), with a 9th ranked pass rush (222ypg), and a 4th ranked rush defense (95ypg). They allow 17ppg good for 3rd in the league. Ahmand Brooks leads the 49ers with 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble and 52 solo tackles, while Tramaine Brock leads with five interceptions.
The Bottom Line: A win over Green Bay could result in a rubber match meeting with the top seeded Seahawks in Seattle. San Francisco has not fared well on the road against its division rival, though, losing four of its last five games at CenturyLink Field. Should the Niners and Saints both win this weekend, Colin Kaepernick and company will head to Carolina to face the Panthers, a team they lost to at Candlestick Park on November 10th.We recommend you signup with Bovada to receive a 10% signup bonus heading into the 2014 NFL Playoffs.