It is championship weekend for the respective conferences in the NFL. One team from each side will get a chance to play for the ultimate goal that is the Super Bowl. In the AFC, the Chiefs are currently sitting as a 7-point favorite over the upstart Titans in what could be a high scoring game with a total at 52.
While the early course is sure to entertain, my focus here will be on the late game for the NFC Championship. The Green Bay Packers have traveled across the country to take on the San Francisco 49ers. Can future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers once again to the promised land or will San Fran continue their surprise domination to the big one?
Game: Green Bay Packers (14-3, 11-6 ATS) at San Francisco 49ers (14-3, 10-6-1 ATS)
When: 6:40 PM ET, Sunday, January 19th, 2020
Where: Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
Current Line: 49ers -7.5 Total: 46.5
TV Coverage: Fox
The game is a rematch from back in November when the Packers were thumped by the 49ers 37-8 in one of Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ worst performances as a pro.
Green Bay enters the contest after holding on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-23 in a game they led from start to finish. The Packer offense was led by Aaron Rodgers who threw for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Aaron Jones who rushed for 2 touchdowns.
The defense also showed up to play as they sacked the hard to reach Russell Wilson 5 times in the game.
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW - GB @ SF
The 49ers dominated while never trailing the Vikings as they clamped down in the 2nd half and won 27-10. The 49er attack was led by Tevin Coleman who rushed for over 100 yards and 2 scores. The defense was also stifling, allowing an average of just 3.3 yards per play.
Both teams enter the contest in good shape health-wise with no major injuries reported.
When handicapping conference championship games the very first thing I look at is which team has the better defense or allowed the fewest points.
Since 1970, there have been 98 games played. If you had blindly played the team that allowed fewer points you would have gone 61-33-3 ATS since the start. It, of course, is not a blind play just following this simple trend but it is a good starting point when looking at the games.
This game looks to be a rough one for the Packers. While their defense is not bad, it even looks good against some of the lesser teams. San Francisco's defense is legit and has made plenty of good offenses, including this Packer group, look outclassed over the year.
The Packers on the road have often struggled against elite defenses with a success rate of just 39% and a below-average point total compared to home. I just can't see the Packers putting up more than 13 to 17 points unless they are gifted a few turnovers.
It's possible of course, but not something I want to factor into a number I'm making for a game. I'll take the 49ers here laying the 7.5 as just can't see Rodgers getting it going versus that defense.
2020 NFC Conference Championship Free Pick Against the Spread: San Francisco 49ers -7.5
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