The NFL playoffs are finally here, and the wild-card round kicks off with a matchup between two NFC West rivals: the San Francisco 49ers (13-4) and the Seattle Seahawks (9-8). The Seattle Seahawks clinched a playoff berth by taking the seventh and final NFC wild-card spot, setting up a road matchup with the second-seeded NFC West champions 49ers.
The 49ers played well over the final weeks of the regular season and hope to carry that momentum into their first playoff game. The Seahawks may have already earned a spot in the playoffs, but they are looking to take the next step in becoming a postseason contender.
San Francisco 49ers VS Seahawks Betting expert picks
49ers VS Seahawks Moneyline
You should take the San Francisco 49ers to win (1.19), as they look too good to pass up on the moneyline.
The 49ers are on a brilliant winning streak going into this week’s matchup. The hosts have won their last ten games straight up, and they’re 13-4 for the season—8-1 at home. The Seattle Seahawks have had a rough time recently. They’ve lost three of their past five games, and with the Arizona sports betting sites pricing a road win at +400, they’re unlikely to improve on their nine-game win tally on Saturday.
The San Francisco 49ers have rallied off ten straight wins, so it’s no surprise that they are favored over Seahawks. The Seahawks have struggled on defense, allowing an average of 23.6 points per game which may justify a spread as high as-9.5
49ers VS Seahawks Spread
Place your bets on the San Francisco 49ers -9.5 (1.91) for this game.
The Arizona oddsmakers have made the 49ers the 9.5-point favorite over the Seahawks, clearly indicating that they believe that a home win is the most probable outcome. With the average margin of victory in the last five matchups of this series being 9.0 points, it seems as though the smart money lies in a one-score game on Saturday.
Having covered the spread in their last five home matches, the 49ers look like a sound choice to pull it off again at the Levi’s Stadium. The hosts are also 8-2 ATS in the past ten games at home and 8-2 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, have failed to cover the spread in seven of their last eight games. The visitors are 4-6 ATS from their ten most recent road trips, as well as 3-7 ATS in their last ten games overall.
San Francisco 49ers VS Seahawks Total
Total over 42.5 (1.91) is the right play for this match.
There was an average of 48.9 points scored in the previous ten clashes between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks.
Over was the right bet five out of ten times at the Levi’s Stadium. Overall, the total went higher than expected in eight of the last ten contests in this series. For Saturday’s matchup, 42.5 is the current line.
The over has proved a profitable pick, paying out in all four of the 49ers’ most recent games at Levi’s Stadium. The total has gone over in no less than four of the last five home games for the 49ers. All in all, they are 7-3 in the over-and-under market when looking back on their past 10 home and away matches.
The total went under in the last four matches for the Seahawks, who have an average total of 47.5 points across their 17 games for this season. Over was a winning bet three times in the past five road games for the Seahawks, who are 4-6 against the total in their last ten home and away games combined.
49ers VS Seahawks Betting trends
- San Francisco 49ers have covered the spread in seven of their last eight games.
- In five of 49ers’ last six games at Levi’s Stadium , the total went over
- Seahawks have failed to cover the spread in seven of their last eight games.
- In four of the Seahawks’ last five games, the total went under
NFL Power Rankings Week of 16 2022, 49ers VS Seahawks
San Francisco 49ers Form
Form-wise, the San Francisco 49ers are looking strong on the back of ten consecutive wins. They enjoyed a 38-13 triumph over the Arizona Cardinals in their regular-season finale, leaving them 10-0 in their last 10 matches overall.
The San Francisco 49ers boast one of the league’s most improved offensive lines, going from 24.0 points per game last season to 26.5 points to rank sixth this year. Visiting offenses normally struggle to break down the hosts’ defense, which has the best defensive record at home, having only allowed 14.8 points on their own turf and 16.3 points in all outings.
The San Francisco 49ers earned the right to be in the playoffs after a 13-4 season. The hosts finished first in the NFC West and took the second seed in the NFC. They hope to have another deep postseason run after reaching the NFC Championship Game last year.
Seattle Seahawks Form
The Seattle Seahawks finished the regular season with a 9-8 record by defeating the Los Angeles Rams 19-16 last week. In their past ten matches, they’ve gone 5-5 and are also 3-2 in their last five on the road.
Going on the road doesn’t seem to hamper the Seahawks. They have the ninth-best offensive record away from home, averaging 26.0 points on the road and 23.9 points in their 17 regular season games. On the other side, the defense has struggled to contain opposing offenses, giving up 23.6 points per game this year.
Expectations aren’t high for the Seahawks going into the playoffs. The away side clinched a postseason berth by taking the seventh seed in the NFC Conference, finishing second in the NFC West, but chances of a deep postseason run appear to be a long shot.
49ers VS Seahawks H2H history
The total went under 42.5 points in the most recent encounter between these two sides in December 2022. The 49ers won the match 13-21 against the Seattle Seahawks at the Lumen Field. In the past five matchups, the 49ers claimed two wins against the Seahawks to go 2-3 in this series.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the San Francisco 49ers managed 23.4 points on average per game, while the Seahawks put 25.5 points on board.