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NFL playoff tips: Best bets for Lions vs 49ers

24 Jan | BY Charlie Huggins | MIN READ TIME |
NFL playoff tips: Best bets for Lions vs 49ers

Our best bets for the NFC Championship game include a strong performance by the Lions with plenty of points on the board.

The San Francisco 49ers are the top seed in the NFC but they needed a comeback to edge past the Green Bay Packers 24-21 in the Divisional Round.

San Francisco now face a tough test against the Detroit Lions, who have gotten the better of the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reach this point. 

This is a classic case of the underdog against the favourite and should be an enthralling NFC Championship game.

Underdogs can put up a fight

The San Francisco 49ers are rightfully favourites for this matchup, this is their fourth conference title game in five years and they were the top seeds in the NFC.

However there were some positives for the Detroit Lions to take from the 49ers performance against Green Bay in the last round.

Quarterback Brock Purdy has come under fire all season for not being an MVP-calibre talent and he did look shaky at times against the Packers.

Despite leading his side to the comeback victory, Purdy managed a quarterback rating of just 86.7.

If the Lions can pressure the youngster, they could force the slinger into some mistakes.

Expect Detroit to lean heavily on their running game and look to exploit any weakness in the 49ers defence in that regard.

The road team have a potent double act in the back field in the shape of David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs and they put up 114 rushing yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Detroit are the sixth-most efficient running team in the league by EPA per play and if they can produce on the ground in San Francisco they can make this a much more competitive affair than it may first seem.

The Lions have defied expectations all season and are worth taking with a seven-point head start on the handicap.  

High-scoring clash likely

These two teams entered the play-offs both ranked in the top three of NFL offenses and they can put on a high-scoring matchup in this crucial game.

Jahmyr Gibbs and Amon-Ra St Brown are explosive stars for the Lions, while quarterback Jared Goff is having a strong year.

San Francisco have one of the strongest offenses in the NFL and potential MVP candidate Christain McCafferty has been an integral part of that.

With the number of attacking options on show and with conditions forecasted to cause no issues, expect over 51 points.

Montgomery to shine

Detroit’s running game will be the key to their success and it’s worth taking a chance on David Montgomery having a big game.

Jamhyr Gibbs is the more explosive player but the hard yards of Montgomery are crucial.

The 26-year-old had over 1,000 rushing yards in the regular season and has gone over 45.5 rushing yards in nine of his last 11 games. Take him to go over again.

Best Bets

Detroit Lions +7
Over 50.5 total points
David Montgomery over 45.5 rushing yards

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