Saturday, January 11th – 4:35pm EST
San Francisco will have their hands full as this unexpected 1 seed plans on continuing their epic run. The Viking defense has proved to be more than formidable, so a lot of pressure will be on 49er quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who will be playing in his first playoff game. The Minnesota offensive unit will also have their hands full as they prepare to deal with one of the strongest defensive units in the league. The matchup I am looking toward to decide the game will be the Minnesota running attack against the San Franciso defense. Despite the fact that San Francisco has had one of the best defenses in the league, their rush defense has been exploited on several occasions and they could struggle to contain Dalvin Cook. What helps San Franciso will be an early lead. If the 49ers can get the Vikings playing on their heels then they will force Kirk Cousins to throw the ball and that is where San Francisco can take advantage.
Straight Up Pick: San Francisco 49ers
Against the Spread: Minnesota Vikings +7
Over/Under: OVER 44