The NFL playoff schedule is out for this week, and today, I’m set to make my NFL playoffs pointspread picks for the ‘total’ in this crucial clash. The Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers are going to do battle at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. Join me for my Divisional Round playoffs tips for this 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff that can be seen on FOX.
The Packers and the 49ers combined for 52 points the first time that they ran into each other, and they are going to be involved in what could be a high scoring playoff game once again. I’m actually a bit surprised that the initial line movement sent this game down from 46 to 45, and I think that this is going to be a situation where the oddsmakers made a big time mistake.
Wild Card Playoff Picks
Green Bay Packers (12-5, 10-7 ATS) +3
San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1, 9-7 ATS) -3
The Packers have been out of this world offensively over the course of the last few weeks. The squad put up 24 points last week against the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the playoffs. They have now put up at least 21 points in six straight games and have averaged 30.7 points per game in that stretch. QB Aaron Rodgers and the gang have a history of playing some tremendously high scoring games in the playoffs as well. Last year’s loss to the New York Giants featured 57 points, and prior to that, the Super Bowl in 2011 saw 56 hit the board, and the second round game against the Atlanta Falcons had 69 points in it. In each of the team’s last nine playoff games, dating back to when QB Brett Favre was calling the shots, the Pack have put up at least 20 points, and they have averaged 30.2 points per game in that run. With Rodgers as the team’s quarterback, the Packers have averaged 30.0 points per game.
There really is no reason to believe that the 49ers aren’t going to be able to put up some points as well. Last year, QB Alex Smith and the game played in a 68-point shootout against the New Orleans Saints. Now, the team has scored at least 27 points in five of the seven starts that QB Colin Kaepernick has played in. I know that both of these defense can be great, but I also know that the history of this series suggests a high scoring game as well. Not only did this year’s game see 52 hit the board, but four straight games have featured at least 49 points. I only need 46 points for this one to get there, and I think I’m going to get at least a touchdown more than that when push comes to shove.
Green Bay vs. San Francisco Picks & Tips: Over 46