NFL Playoff Betting: New Orleans Saints vs San Francisco 49ers Odds, Prediction, and Pick
This game will probably be one of the more talked about games of the entire NFL playoffs, as the New Orleans Saints have one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL, and the San Francisco 49ers have one of the most powerful defenses. Now these two teams get to face off in the second round of the NFL playoffs, with the Saints already having one win under their belt after knocking off the upset minded Detroit Lions last weekend. The 49ers on the other hand are in for their first taste of playoff experience in recent years, and they are doing it with their brand new head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
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The Niners finished up the season with an incredibly impressive 13-3 record, but you can bet that this Saints team was equally impressive, with a 13-3 record of their own. The 49ers got the edge for the number two seed heading into the playoffs, so they'll get a bit of an edge in terms of the point spread because they are the home team this weekend. The game is set for 4:30pm EST on Saturday, and will kick off the weekend's playoff action.
This game will really come down to Drew Brees and the passing game for the Saints, against this very strong 49ers defense. This defense has been able to shut down almost everyone who they've come across, but this weekend will be their biggest test of all. If they can shut down Brees and the Saints, there is a real chance that this team could shut down any team in the NFL, and be serious Super Bowl contenders.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- New Orleans Saints: -3.5
- San Francisco 49ers: +3.5
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» Free Prediction
I can't bet against Drew Brees. I think that the Saints, regardless of if they are on the road or at home, will get the job done and head into the match-up that everyone really wants to see next weekend. If the Saints win, and the Packers win, it sets up a game between two of the strongest passing offenses in NFL history, and I'm expecting to see that one. I'll take the Niners to put the pressure on Brees a bit more than the Lions did, but for the Saints to win it by a field goal in the end.
- Prediction: New Orleans Saints- 31 San Francisco 49ers- 28
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» Free Pick:
It's not often that you find a game where you really feel strongly that a team will pull off a win by a field goal, but not cover the spread as a favorite. This is one of those rare occasions though, as I think that the 49ers defense is going to come out fired up, and that it could actually end up taking overtime for the Saints to win this game. I'm picking the New Orleans Saints to win, but I'll be betting on the San Francisco 49ers to cover the +3.5 at home.
- Pick: San Francisco 49ers +3.5