CenturyLink Field will serve as host for the 2014 NFC Championship Game between the 49ers and Seahawks tonight, and thanks to Jan. 19, 2014 BR report, live picks, online predictions and NFL betting odds are all available.
What is becoming one of the fiercest NFL rivalries will be renewed this evening from the Emerald City, where the (12-4) San Francisco 49ers and the (13-3) Seattle Seahawks collide for a shot at the winner of the New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos in the 2014 AFC Title Game.
Opening kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time (5:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. MT/3:30 p.m. PT) from Seattle, Wash., and it will be broadcast live on FOX. NFL betting oddsmakers have the home team favored by two safeties in this year’s NFC Championship Game 2014.
NFL point spreads and sportsbooks across Las Vegas list the Seahawks as -4 ATS frontrunners versus a Niners team that will enjoy a +4-point cushion. The OVER/UNDER tallies to a total of 50 points, and alternate (straight-up) betting lines have Seattle valued at -195 and San Francisco’s odds of an upset at an attractive +170.
Being NFC intradivision rivals, tonight’s game actually marks the third (2013-14 NFL season) meeting between the Seahawks and 49ers. Seattle protected home field in Week 2 with a 29-3 victory, and San Francisco returned the favor with a 19-17 thriller in Week 13 at Candlestick Park.
Who will win what should be one of the most physical, hard-hitting NFL games in recent memory? Unlike the AFC Championship Game 2014, these franchises are as evenly matched as they come in more ways than one.
For starters, the Niners went 14-4 on the season and 12-6-0 in ATS wagers, while the Seahawks finished with a record of 14-3 and an 11-6 ATS mark. In terms of styles, both team possess top three defenses, high-ranking rushing attacks and two of the most versatile, best read-option quarterbacks in NFL history.
From a pure head-to-head statistical standpoint, the Seahawks will have a slim edge over the Niners when they take the field tonight. Pete Carroll’s team outperformed their fellow NFC West rivals in four of seven categories including: Points per game, yards allowed, Red Zone efficiency and special teams.
However, Jim Harbaugh’s bunch will be able to exploit some of the mismatches pertaining to: Offensive yards gained, controlling time of possession and are more disciplined in avoiding costly penalties.
In addition, those predicting a highly-contested game tonight will be glad to know that, against the spread, San Francisco is 10-1 in their last 11 road games against road teams above .500, 4-1 versus AFC West opponents, and 7-3 in their last 10 games played in January.
- NFC Championship 2014 Live Online Predictions & Free NFL Picks: Niners [+4]