The New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers are set to square off in NFL playoff betting action this week at Candlestick Park. But before you make your NFL picks for the big game on Saturday, check out some of the great NFL betting trends that we have for the duel!
New York Giants Notes: The NFL betting fans that compared the Giants of this season to the Giants team that won the Super Bowl are starting to look a heck of a lot smarter. New York was able to go on the road and beat the Green Bay Packers last week in rather convincing fashion, and it was a win that was really eerily similar to the one that came in the Super Bowl against the previously perfect New England Patriots four seasons ago. It was a game in which both sides of the ball played well for Big Blue, and for a team that actually was outscored in the regular season, that is a remarkable accomplishment for a game that was a huge underdog against a team that was largely considered the best in the league this year. New York has now gone 3-0 SU and ATS since losing to the Washington Redskins for the second time this year.
QB Eli Manning threw for 330 yards and three TDs against the Packers, and he did a tremendous job getting the ball to all of his receivers. WR Hakeem Nicks had 165 yards and two scores, while WR Victor Cruz had 74 yards on five catches. WR Mario Manningham found the end zone as well. However, the day really belonged to Eli, and it was one of the best games that he has played in his postseason career. Like him or lump him, Manning has a ring already in his career by beating the New England Patriots, and we wouldn’t doubt him being able to do so against in this one. Manning threw for 311 yards and two TDs against the 49ers the first time around, though he was picked off twice.
DT Chris Canty’s knee injury nearly kept him out of the lineup in the Divisional round of the playoffs, and he aggravated that injury late on against the Pack. Aside from that though, this is a team that is relatively healthy, and it is one that is most certainly clicking on all cylinders.
San Francisco 49ers Notes: The 49ers were always one of the top teams in the NFL this year, but thanks to the fact that they played in the NFC West, they really weren’t ever considered as one of the elite teams. They were the team that the New Orleans Saints were just supposed to trample. When they scored with just over two minutes to play to take the lead, everyone said that they left too much time on the clock, but when New Orleans scored literally seconds later, no one figured that QB Alex Smith could get the job done. And get the job done he did. Smith not only got the team into a position where the team could have kicked the field goal that could have forced overtime, but he scored the touchdown with nine ticks left on the clock to win the game and to send San Fran to the NFC Championship Game. The schedule hasn’t been all that brutal this year, but this is still a team that went 13-3 SU and 12-3-1 ATS in the regular season, and it is a team that isn’t one to be doubted any longer.
Give credit again to this 49ers defense. The unit did allow 32 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and it allowed nearly 500 yards of offense, but the unit also forced three fumbles and two picks on the day. Forcing five turnovers against the Saints is a tremendous feat. LB Aldon Smith now has 15 sacks in his 17 games this season, and though he was a part of the defense that did give up all of those points and yards, he was the one that really helped make a big difference on the day. If this defense did enough to stop the Saints, it surely can do enough to stop these Giants as well.
The Niners are healthy right now for the most part, and that is a big part as to why they have been able to get the job done both in the regular season and now in the playoffs. The only questionable injury is the one to TE Delanie Walker, who has a jaw injury that has caused him to miss two straight games. However, whether he is in the lineup or not shouldn’t make all that much of a difference since TE Vernon Davis is clearly the man that is going to make the big catches for tight ends in this game.
Head To Head: This is an interesting rematch for these two teams. Both looked like Super Bowl contenders when they met earlier this year, but that loss for the Giants was one that started a bit of a skid that nearly cost them a spot in the playoffs. New York had won three in a row in this series before this both SU and ATS, though the 49ers won the last playoff game between these teams 39-38 at this venue in 2003.
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