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49ers vs. Eagles: Best bets for the NFC Championship Game

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San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy and the 49ers head to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

While there’s not a rich playoff history between the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles, this Sunday’s NFC Championship Game could be one for the books.

Both teams have two very talented young quarterbacks who are surrounded by playmakers. Both teams have two stingy defenses, which can each get after those two very talented young quarterbacks.

The last QB with the ball – San Fran’s rookie Brock Purdy or Philly’s third-year signal-caller Jalen Hurts – could be the one leading his team to the NFC title and a berth in Super Bowl LVII.

Currently, the Eagles are 2.5-point home favorites for the 3 p.m. tilt, which will be broadcast on FOX from Lincoln Financial Field in the City of Brotherly Love.

First, a playoff history lesson:

The one-and-only time the 49ers and Eagles met in the playoffs was 1996, when San Francisco won 14-0 in the Wild Card round.

Since 2019, San Francisco has played in the NFC championship game three times, including the past two seasons.

Since the 2011 season, the 49ers are 11-5 in the playoffs and have won at least two games in each of their six postseason appearances. During that same stretch since 2011, San Francisco is 10-5-1 against the spread.

Since their run of three NFC title game appearances in the last four years, the 49ers are 7-1 against the spread in the postseason.

The Eagles are 5-4 in the playoffs since 2011, having made six appearances, including winning it all in 2017 and Super Bowl LII. During that stretch, Philadelphia is 6-3 ATS.

Now the future, as FrontPageBets takes a look at three best bets for Sunday’s NFC title game:

(Odds courtesy of DraftKings and subject to change)

49ers money line win (+125)

This season, San Francisco, including the playoffs, is 13-6 against the spread, including 2-0 in the postseason. The 49ers have only been underdogs twice this year and are 1-1 ATS and straight up.

During their 12-game winning streak, they are 10-2 ATS. And with Purdy at quarterback, San Francisco is 6-1.

Since 2019, the 49ers are 6-1 against the spread in playoff games.

The Eagles are 9-9 ATS this season, including the playoffs, but are 1-4 in their last five games. At home, Philly is 7-2 straight up.

The 2.5 points is the closest the closest spread the Eagles have had all season in 18 games as the favorite.

Eagles under 23.5 total team points (+100)

For San Francisco to win, they’ve got to keep the Eagles offense from flying high.

And the 49ers have the defense to do it, led by defensive end Nick Bosa and linebacker Fred Warner, but it starts with containing Hurts.

Philly was third during the regular season in scoring, averaging 28.1 points per game. They scored 38 in last week’s demolishing of the New York Giants.

But San Francisco’s defense led the league in fewest points per game, giving up just 16.3 in the regular season. In two postseason games, the 49ers are giving up 17.5 points.

49ers PK Robbie Gould over 1.5 made field goals (-115)

San Francisco place-kicker Robbie Gould has never missed a postseason field goal. The 40-year-old kicker is a perfect 29-for-29, including 15-for-15 from 40 yards or longer.

Since 2019, all with the 49ers, Gould is 21-for-21. He’s made four field goals in each of their two playoff games this year.

In what very well could be a defensive game, points will be at a premium. And there’s no one better than Gould to put postseason points on the board.


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Mike Szvetitz is the General Manager and Content Director for FrontPageBets.com. Szvetitz is a 22-year veteran reporter and editor, including serving 17 years as a sports editor in Florida, Alabama and Virginia, covering everything from preps to pros. His "View From The Lazy Boy" column won multiple state and national awards. He can be reached at mszvetitz@timesdispatch.com.

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