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49ers Best Cowboys, Now Have +950 Super Bowl Odds

Eric Rosales

by Eric Rosales in NFL Football

Jan 16, 2022 · 8:21 PM PST

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San Francisco 49ers' Jauan Jennings (15), George Kittle (85), Kyle Juszczyk (44), Brandon Aiyuk (11) and Jimmy Garoppolo, right, celebrate with Deebo Samuel (19) after his touchdown catch in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
  • San Francisco wins on the road in Dallas on Wild Card Sunday 
  • 49ers will travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers
  • Check out the updated Super Bowl odds after Saturday’s games

Don’t look now, but there’s a distinct underdog making real noise in the latest 2022 Super Bowl odds.

The San Francisco 49ers have pulled off the first upset of this year’s NFL playoffs, going into Big D and beating the Dallas Cowboys 23-17.

The Niners’ next target are the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in one of two NFC Divisional Playoff games.

In other action, Tom Brady is still Tom freaking Brady, and the Chiefs saw the Bills’ demolition of the Patriots and did their best to 1-up them.

Let’s look at the updated odds after Sunday’s Wild Card play added some clarity to what has already been an intriguing regular season and an even more intriguing postseason.

2022 Super Bowl Odds

Team Odds
Green Bay Packers +370
Kansas City Chiefs +400
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +500
Buffalo Bills +500
Tennessee Titans +850
San Francisco 49ers +950
Los Angeles Rams +1100
Cincinnati Bengals +1300
Arizona Cardinals +2400

Odds as of Jan 16 from FanDuel.

49ers’ Offense Grinds

San Francisco’s playoff ticket wasn’t even punched until their final play of the regular season. After Sunday’s Wild Card win on the road against the Cowboys, they’re in the NFC’s final four with a ton of momentum.

The Niners jumped out early and had their defense hold on late to secure the victory, limiting one of the NFL’s top offenses to seven points through three quarters before things got tight in the fourth quarter.

On a day where Jimmy Garoppolo was mostly game-managing, the 49ers leaned on a punishing ground game and all-pro Deebo Samuel, who again dominated with his dual-threat play.

Samuel rushed 10 times for 72 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three balls for an additional 38 yards. Rookie Elijah Mitchell was a force as well, carrying 27 times for 96 yards and a TD of his own.

A Jimmy G 4th-quarter interception was the only blemish on a gameplan where there weren’t a ton of yards or big plays available.

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San Fran D is Legit

That stout regular-season 49ers’ defense travelled to the postseason as well, and made life miserable for Dak Prescott.

Dak was 23-for-43 for 254 yards with one TD an one interception. First-year defensive coordinator Demeco Ryans had the Dallas pivot confused with different coverages. It didn’t help that Dallas could not establish the run, picking up 77 yards on 21 carries.

San Fran’s defensive front was a wrecking ball, sacking Prescott five times, while also totaling 14 QB hits. That’s a week after picking up 13 hits in a must-win against LA’s Matthew Stafford. It’s going to be a major key if they’re to beat Aaron Rodgers.

It won’t come easy, however. Nick Bosa left the game with an ugly concussion, and his status for Green Bay is not yet known. Tackling machine Fred Warner hurt his ankle in the fourth and didn’t return. Defensive end Jordan Willis also left the game with an ankle injury.

They entered Sunday with +2100 odds, and they’ve shortened all the way to +950. Their run game and defense are playoff-built, but there’s a reluctance with Garoppolo at pivot. Still, they’ll definitely be a handful for Green Bay.

Buccaneers Crush Eagles

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are wounded, they didn’t look it in a 31-15 pounding of the Eagles, a score that flatters Philly. Tom Brady had 273 yards passing and threw TD passes to Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski.

No Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones, no problem. Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard combined for 30 carries and 97 yards with two scores. Tampa’s defense picked off Jalen Hurts twice and sacked him twice.

Which is all to say that they’ll be the favorite when they host either the Cardinals or Rams next week. At +800 odds to start Sunday, they’re now at +500 odds, tied with the Bills in third. I’d prefer taking them at +800, but putting some on the defending champs isn’t a bad bet.

Chiefs Punish Steelers

Keeping up with the blowout theme during Wild Card weekend, the Chiefs laid the wood to the Steelers in what is likely Ben Roethlisberger’s final pro game.

After a Patrick Mahomes interception and a Darrel Williams fumble that led to a TJ Watt scoop and score to fall behind 7-0, the Chiefs proceeded to score 35 straight in an eventual 42-21 win.

Mahomes looked his old, dominant self, throwing for 404 yards and five touchdowns. The Chiefs’ title odds shorten from +500 to +400.

Buckle up, because the two best teams in the AFC are clashing a round early, as the Chiefs will host the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Playoff. The Bills are fresh off an evisceration of the Patriots.

The winner of this one will be the overwhelming favorite to make the Super Bowl out of the AFC.

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