San Francisco 49ers vs Atlanta Falcons Odds: NFC Championship Betting Preview

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Atlanta almost always beats San Francisco, but bettors on the NFC championship odds menu don't think it will happen Sunday. Check out the Falcons vs 49ers matchup report, latest point spread and trends.

The Atlanta Falcons have won four straight against San Francisco and eight straight against NFC West teams.

But they are underdogs against the 49ers on Sunday's NFC Conference Championship betting menu, with one sportsbook pushing the Falcons to 5-point home underdog status. They will try to earn their second trip to the Super Bowl by making it five straight wins.

Atlanta opened as 3-point dog, but tons of money flooding in on the 49ers pushed it to -4 at some shops, -4.5 at others and even to -5 at Bovada.

Atlanta thoroughly dominated the first three quarters of its game against the Seattle Seahawks last week, taking a 27-7 lead into the fourth quarter. But when Seattle scored 21 unanswered points to take a 28-27 lead, it looked like the Falcons might be on their way to a third straight year with a loss in the divisional round.

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Instead, Matt Ryan led the team down the field to set Matt Bryant up for a late game-winner. Atlanta has the best record of any team remaining in the playoffs at 14-3 SU.

Will the Falcons have an answer for Colin Kaepernick? The Green Bay Packers certainly didn't last week. Kaepernick passed for 263 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 181 yards and two more touchdowns, good for 444 total yards and four total touchdowns on the day.

With the 45-31 win, San Francisco improved to 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS with Kaepernick under center.

Atlanta is 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS over its last four games against San Francisco, and three of those four games went UNDER the total.

Atlanta proved a lot of doubters wrong in defeating Seattle last week, and the Falcons face a very similar test this week in the 49ers; a team with a great defense, a great running back and a young star quarterback.

Considering San Francisco has given up 30+ points in each of its last two games against elite passing offenses (Green Bay and New England), it stands to reason that Atlanta should be able to put some points on the board as well.

Win or lose, look for Atlanta to make a game of it at home and at least keep it close.

PICK: The Odds Shark prediction computer spit out a 29.4-29.2 final score. If it's that close, the Falcons are a solid play at +4.5. We are not convinced that Atlanta won't win this game straight up and we will be watching the moneyline as well. (courtesy of PickShark.com)

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