2023 NFC: 49ers will be betting underdogs for the first time in a long time

2023 NFC Championship game: The 49ers will be betting on the underdog for the first time in a while as they travel to take on the Eagles in the 2023 NFC Championship game.

When was the last time the San Francisco 49ers were the underdog in a game?

long time no see. Earnestly.

The Niners’ long winning streak stretched back to October and now into the NFL playoffs. With a 19–12 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round, the Niners used both an opportunistic offense and a stifling defense to secure the No. 2 seed in the contest.

So it makes perfect sense for coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad to face the Philadelphia Eagles, one team that leads the playoff standings in the NFC Championship Game.

San Francisco’s recent surge nearly caught Philly before the end of the regular season, but Philadelphia has the advantage of playing its home games at Lincoln Financial Field and the 49ers should make the trip back east.

And if fans think facing the Dallas defense at home is tough, the Eagles can make life difficult (if not harder) against quarterback Brock Purdy and the Niners offense.

NFC Championship betting odds: 49ers a road underdog vs. Eagles

According to DraftKings’ oddsmaker, San Francisco will enter the NFC Championship Game as a 2.5-point underdog to Philadelphia.

Considering that the home team usually gets 3s simply because they don’t have to travel, having the 49ers spread below 3s could be a bit of an improvement.

Niners’ moneyline is +120, while Philadelphia’s moneyline is -140.

The over/under of the game is 45.5.

Game odds are refreshed periodically and are subject to change.

49ers vs. 49ers for NFC Championship Game. Eagles Prediction

Dallas and San Francisco both boasted top-five defenses during the regular season, with the latter team finishing the year as the top scoring defense.

Meanwhile, the Eagles ranked eighth in scoring defense but second in yards allowed. Combine that with the regular season’s third scoring offense and it’s not hard to see why the 49ers will have a tough time like they did against the Cowboys.

Philly isn’t particularly strong on the run, allowing an average of 4.6 yards per carry, which is 26th.

And that directly impacts what the Niners want to do in this famous matchup.

If that goes as planned and we’re a 49ers-focused site, let’s continue to predict that San Francisco will pick up a road win and progress to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LVII.

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