The 49ers are in possession of the only number six spot, while the Falcons are on a five-way draw for seventh and final seed of the season. If the Falcons can pull off a nasty win, they can put themselves in the helm for the seventh seed with the Lions and Saints games still on their schedule.
The following is odds via WynnBET for this NFC showdown.
Arthur Smith deserves a lot of credit for letting the Falcons compete for a playoff spot in Week 15 of the NFL season, but Atlanta was overwhelmed when they faced truly superior opponents. They are drawing 0-4 and against odds when playing against teams with a winning record this season.
The 49ers are seventh in yards per game this season and 12th in their opponents yards per game, which puts them firmly in the NFL’s top third. That creates trouble for a Falcons team that ranks in the 10 worst teams in both of those categories.
Expect the 49ers’ defense to have a day out against a Falcons attack that has struggled all season. The 49ers ranked sixth in sack percentage, recording a sack percentage over 7.3% of their opponents backing away.
I refuse to bet on the Falcons when they play against a superior opponent, and that’s exactly what the 49ers are.
Select: 49ers -8.5
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