MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey and the San Francisco 49ers will await the Detroit Lions arrival as they host this year’s NFC Championship game. The last time these two teams matched up was in 2021, where the 49ers were able to take down Detroit with a score of 41-33. This will be the Lions first conference title game in over 3 decades and San Francisco will make their 3rd straight appearance.
San Francisco 49ers vs Detroit Lions Spread Set at 7.0, Over/Under 51.5 Points
The spread for Sunday’s NFC Championship game is set at 7 points in favor of San Francisco. While the 49ers defeated Detroit in their last matchup, that was over 2 years ago and these are two completely different teams.
The Lions have succeeded against the spread this season managing to a achieve a 13-6 record on the season and are 6-3 on the road. San Francisco is 5-3 at Levi’s Stadium with an even 9-9 record against the spread. The 49ers are also 4-1 against Detroit in their last 5 matchups.
The total points line is set at 51.5. Both teams are top 5 in the NFL when it comes to points per game. San Francisco sits in 3rd averaging 28.6 points per game and the Lions are two spots down, putting up just over 27 points. There is expected to be warm temperatures with limited wind and no rain. There is value in the total points line going over 51.5 considering the weather both teams are high powered offenses with All-Pro weapons.
Christian McCaffrey Over 36.5 Receiving Yards (-110 on FanDuel Sportsbook)
49ers running back Christian McCaffrey, who was selected as a candidate for this season’s MVP award is favored to go over his receiving yards line of 36.5 in Sunday’s NFC Championship game. McCaffrey ran for over 2,000 scrimmage yards in his second year with San Francisco this regular season.
While McCaffrey has been held under this line in his last 3 games, he’s totaled 27 targets and is quarterback Brock Purdy’s safety blanket. Detroit has given up an average of 49 receiving yards in their 2 playoff games to running backs and McCaffrey plays almost every snap for San Francisco, which favors his line of 36.5 receiving yards to go over in Sunday’s game.
Brandon Aiyuk Over 74.5 Receiving Yards (-115 on Draft Kings Sportsbook)
Brandon Aiyuk this season:
– 75 receptions
– 1,342 receiving yds (7th in NFL)
– 17.9 yds/reception (2nd)
– 7 TDs
What kind of stats will he put up in the NFC Championship 👀
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Brandon Aiyuk has had the best season of his career so far, catching 75 balls for 1,342 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. The Lions have struggled to guard outside receivers these past couple weeks. Recently letting Puka Nacua go off for 181 yards and a touchdown in the wildcard round. Mike Evans also had 147 yards and a touchdown in last week’s divisional round. Aiyuk is favored to go over 74.5 receiving yards in Sunday’s contest.
Jahmyr Gibbs Over 74.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards (-120 on FanDuel Sportsbook)
Rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs has been an explosive addition to the Lions offense since drafting him 12th overall in this year’s draft. Gibbs hit this line in last week’s divisional round versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 49ers just let Aaron Jones run for 116 yards from scrimmage. There is value in Gibbs going over his scrimmage yards line.
Coverage for Sunday’s NFC Championship Will Begin at 6:30 PM Eastern Time
Detroit will travel to Levi’s Stadium to take on the 49ers at 6:30 PM Eastern Time. Coverage for Sunday night’s NFC Championship will take place on FOX.