20* 49ers/Falcons NFC Championship ANNIHILATOR on San Francisco Money Line -185
San Francisco vs. Atlanta,
01/20/2013 15:00 EDT,
Score: 28 - 24
Money Line: -185 San Francisco
The 49ers were the most impressive team in the league in the divisional round. Colin Kaepernick had a coming out party in their 45-31 blowout victory over the Green Bay Packers. He threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 181 yards and two scores.
Kaepernick helped the 49ers set a franchise playoff record with 589 total yards of offense. That's saying something when you consider San Francisco has had some very potent offenses dating back to the Joe Montana/Steve Young days. This offense has an excellent chance to explode once again Sunday as it goes up against an Atlanta defense that gave up 491 total yards to Seattle last week.
The 49ers clearly have the better defense in this one. They are giving up just 17.9 points per game and 297.8 total yards per game. Atlanta give up a ridiculous 372.9 yards per game defensively. It is actually getting outgained on the season, which is a sign that the Falcons are not nearly as good as their 14-3 record would indicate.
San Francisco’s strength offensively is a rushing attack that averages 166 yards per game and 5.3 per carry. Atlanta’s biggest weakness defensively is a run defense that allows 123 yards per game and 4.8 per carry. Kaepernick, Gore and company are in line for a big day on the ground.
The Falcons rely heavily on Matt Ryan to win games. They average 280 passing yards per game, but just 92 rushing. The 49ers have one of the best passing defenses in the league as they give up a mere 203 passing yards per game and 5.7 per attempt. They held Aaron Rodgers in check last week, and they'll make life very difficult on Ryan Sunday as well.
Jim Harbaugh is a perfect 7-0 against the money line when playing against a top-level team (Win Pct. > 75%) as the coach of San Francisco. The 49ers are winning in this spot 32.7 to 16.9, or by an average of 15.8 points per game. Bet the 49ers on the Money Line Sunday.