NFC Wild Card Picks: San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers

San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 1/4/14, 4:40 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  San Francisco -2.5
Current Betting Line:  San Francisco -2.5
Opening Total:  48
Current Total:  48
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The Green Bay Packers are 14-4 SU all-time in the playoffs at Lambeau Field

San Francisco won its final six games of the regular season, including a 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals as three-point road underdogs in Week 17, while going OVER the betting total in its last three contests.  The Jim Harbaugh-coached 49ers are 3-0 SU against the Packers, including a win in last year’s NFL Divisional Playoff round and in Week 1 of the 2013 regular season.  Offensively, the team will try to get the running game going with running back Frank Gore, who has rushed for 1,128 yards this season.  San Francisco is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS as road favorites of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.

The 49ers have a balanced offensive attack with quarterback Colin Kaepernick under center, as he prepares to target wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.  On the other side of the football, linebacker Patrick Willis leads the defensive unit, as he was selected for his 7th Pro Bowl.

Green Bay secured the NFC North division by winning three of its last four regular-season games, including a 33-28 victory over the Chicago Bears as three-point road favorites Sunday.  The Packers have a .695 regular-season winning percentage since 2010, which is No. 1 in the NFC over that span.  The franchise has made the postseason in each of the last five seasons—joining the New England Patriots as the only team in the league to accomplish that feat from 2009-13.  Green Bay is 1-5 SUATS as underdogs this season, with the OVER going 4-2 in that situation.

The Packers’ 6,404 yards of total offense this season were the second most in franchise history—just 78 yards shy of the franchise record.  Green Bay averaged 266.8 passing yards per game this season despite not having quarterback Aaron Rodgers under center for a good portion of the action.  He returned to the fold last week and will be helped out by a ground game that ranks seventh in the league.  The team has a 14-4 SU all-time postseason record at Lambeau Field.

Sports bettors will likely back the 49ers due to their 7-0 ATS mark in their last seven games away from the Bay Area.

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