The NFL’s hottest team will face a squad that needed help to earn the final playoff spot in the NFC when the San Francisco 49ers (13-4) play host to the Seattle Seahawks (9-8) on Saturday in a Wild Card Weekend matchup of NFC West Division rivals.
The 49ers are on a 10-game winning streak while the Seahawks lost five games out of six before winning their final two contests and – with a big assist from the Detroit Lions beating the Green Bay Packers – earned the final NFC playoff spot.
But the Seahawks do have an edge as they lead the all-time series 30-19 though the 49ers swept the two regular-season contests 27-7 and 21-13.
Here’s everything you need from a betting perspective on the Seahawks-49ers game, from the point spread, moneyline, total Over/Under and expert pick (odds via FOX Bet):
Brock Purdy on the Niners’ confidence finishing the regular season strong
San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy about the teams’ confidence heading into the playoffs.
RELATED: Lines for Wild Card Weekend
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, FOX and FOX Sports App)
Point spread: 49ers -10 (49ers favored to win by more than 10 points, otherwise Seahawks cover)
Moneyline: 49ers -500 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $12 total); Seahawks +300 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $40 total)
Total scoring Over/Under: 42.5 points scored by both teams combined
Pick via FOX Sports Betting Analyst Jason McIntyre:
They’ve met two times this season, and the 49ers rolled in both games by a combined 48-20.
Seattle only got into the red zone twice against the 49ers defense. Seattle got lucky to sneak into the playoffs, as Geno Smith didn’t play well down the stretch, with multiple interception games at home against the Rams and Panthers. This will be his first playoff start (same for Brock Purdy of the 49ers) but you have to give a massive edge to the 49ers offense, which shredded Seattle for 6.2 yards per play last month in Seattle. And that was without Deebo Samuel (he’s back).
The Seahawks struggle to defend tight ends (George Kittle had two TDs in the last meeting), and they’ll also be without their leading tackler Jordyn Brooks, the 2020 first-round pick who is out for the season.
Seattle’s path to keeping this close is perhaps blitzing Purdy heavily and hope he makes mistakes, and then deploying a move-the-chains offense with Tyler Lockett (16 catches for 175 yards in two meetings) and then pray Kenneth Walker can find room against the No. 2 rushing defense in the NFL.
If you must bet the 49ers here, just know you’re paying a premium as they enter on a 10-game win streak and have covered seven of eight. Since 2001, teams that enter the playoffs on a 10+ game winning streak, they’re 2-13 against the spread.
PICK: 49ers (-10 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 10 points
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