Championship Sunday. It doesn’t get higher than this.
After an electrical Divisional Weekend, the 2023 NFL season now has only one cease left earlier than Tremendous Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on February 11.
While the primary seed Baltimore Ravens host Kansas Metropolis after the Chiefs stormed Highmark Stadium, in Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers host the Detroit Lions at Levi Stadium for the NFC Championship.
Kyle Shanahan’s Niners’ aspect have been the tip of many to finish their 29-year anticipate a Tremendous Bowl crown, and might this weekend win a 3rd NFC title since 2012.
Nevertheless, the Lions, having ended their very own playoff victory drought have now strung collectively two wins in a row.
No matter who books their spot at Allegiant Stadium in a fortnight, Jared Goff v Brock Purdy may very well be a points-laden, modern-day traditional.
For former LA Ram Jared Goff, a return to his native northern California for an NFC Championship conflict is the most important of phases.
Having left the Los Angeles franchise in 2020 for Michigan, Goff was compelled to observe on because the Rams gained the Tremendous Bowl the season after with Matt Stafford at QB.
Having additionally been on the dropping aspect in Tremendous Bowl LIII, it seems like Goff is on one thing of a mission this Sunday.
After the Michigan Wolverines gained the nationwide championship, the feel-good issue continues to flood throughout the Nice Lakes State.
Following Dan Campbell guiding his fees to their first NFL playoff win since 1991, the Lions then gained back-to-back post-season video games.
The Lions offense is on fireplace proper now and the case could be made is extra numerous and versatile than the Niners.
In Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit have a WR who made much less catches this season to Tyreek Hill and CeeDee Lamb solely.
Sam Laporta has been one of many star TEs of the yr, while on Tremendous Wildcard Weekend versus the Rams, tag accomplice Josh Reynolds caught for 80yds.
Remarkably, Detroit stay the one operational NFL franchise to not seem in a Tremendous Bowl. The stakes are excessive towards the Niners.
CMC and the O-Line
As San Francisco final weekend started the playoffs with arguably their strongest hopes of ending their Tremendous Bowl championship drought, they survived an examination from a plucky Packers.
With Aaron Jones once more speeding 100 yards for a fourth recreation on the spin, the Niners fought fireplace with fireplace within the form of the blazing Christian McCaffrey.
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Working 96 yds, CMC put one other 2 TDs on his 2023 file sheet, scoring decisively within the ultimate 10 minutes.
Nevertheless, this weekend with WR Deebo Samuel’s participation in some doubt, the Niners offense might take a success.
However with no fracture and solely a badly bruised bone, one suspects Deebo will go, even for only a half.
If Samuel does miss out, the better dependence will fall on the ft and arms of Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle and simply maybe, Jauan Jennings, for Brock Purdy to seek out down discipline.
In Jennings, the Tennessee collegiate made 5 catches for 61 yds final weekend, including some pivotal performs towards the Niners’ slim win.
And if we think about than Kittle shared a comparatively modest 13 TDs within the common season, Jennings could also be seeing the ball a good bit.
Play the overs
So, the place to play the markets this Sunday? As this very article has pointed to, the factors recreation may very well be sensible. Lets take a look at the numbers.
Within the 11 video games the Lions have performed because the begin of November, the group 30-point mark has been reached seven occasions.
In 9 of mentioned video games, Detroit video games have gone previous 50 factors and as excessive 79 in Week 9 versus the Chargers.
Throughout the identical interval, San Francisco have notched that factors tally simply 4 occasions, nonetheless their complete match factors has reached or handed 44+ that very same seven occasions.
All indicators level – actually – to a gun-slinging shootout in Cali.
So far as the overs/unders go, over 51 factors stand at 4/5 with BoyleSports.
Nevertheless, in each the Niners’ 1994 and 1995 championship video games, the 55+ level barrier was damaged and we are able to see an identical story.
52+ factors are evens with QuinnBet, with 55+ at 13/10 with 888sport.
Feeling daring? A 60-pt ball recreation will fetch you a 21/10 worth with BetUK. Don’t rule it out.
The NFC Championship recreation between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions takes place at Levi Stadium, Santa Clara, California on Sunday, kick-off 23:40GMT/6:40ET.