While it wasn't the sexiest of victories, the San Francisco 49ers punched their ticket to the next NFL Playoffs round doing what they do best: a fierce defensive front seven and some awesome special teams work to win the turnover battle.
Now, San Francisco preps for an NFC Championship Game clash with the Los Angeles Rams and a trip to Super Bowl LVI on the line.
49ers Super Bowl Odds
Kicker Robbie Gould and his squad will need to get past the Los Angeles Rams first, but enter the Conference Championship round with an outside chance to win Super Bowl 56 at +450 odds, which ranks third of the remaining four teams.
The 49ers survived another year marred by injuries and didn't let a slow 3-5 start stop their Super Bowl aspirations. Head coach Kyle Shanahan and his squad rattled off 9 victories in their last 11 games, including a pair of playoff upsets to start the postseason.
The recipe is simple for San Francisco: ride jack-of-all-trades playmaker Deebo Samuel on offense and slow down the run on defense. San Fran's rushing unit ranked seventh in the NFL this season with 127.4 rushing yards per contest. Their 22 rushing touchdowns is a top-five mark and the 49ers rush at the fourth-highest clip in the league (49.3%), including 1,770 all-purpose yards and 14 total touchdowns from Samuel.
San Francisco also allowed the seventh-fewest rushing yards to opponents per game, and does an excellent job at controlling the clock and game script.
Although the 49ers enter this NFC Championship as modest 3.5-point road underdogs on FanDuel, San Francisco rides a six-game winning streak against the Rams dating back to 2018.
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