2020 NFC Championship Game odds, spread: Packers vs. 49ers picks, predictions from top expert who's 49-14

The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from achieving their seventh Super Bowl appearance and making history in the process. They will attempt to do so on Sunday when they host the Green Packers in the 2020 NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:40 p.m. ET. With a victory, the NFC West 49ers (14-3) will become just the second team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl after finishing the previous year with four or fewer victories (1999 St. Louis Rams).

The NFC champion Packers (14-3) are on the brink of a similar turnaround, as they won just six games last year but have thrived under first-year coach Matt LaFleur. San Francisco is an eight-point favorite after the line opened at seven, while the over-under for total points scored is 46.5 in the latest Packers vs. 49ers odds. Before making any 49ers vs. Packers picks, be sure to see the NFC Championship Game predictions from R.J. White.

White has been SportsLine's top pro football analyst for three years. Since Jan. 1, 2017, the CBS Sports NFL editor and expert has returned $2,383 to $100 bettors on his NFL picks against the spread.

The stats guru, whose NFL picks are coveted by fans everywhere, has hit it big in the world's most prestigious handicapping tournament -- the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest -- twice in the past five years. What's more, he has had a particularly keen eye for the trajectories of the Packers and 49ers.

He has posted a record of 49-14 on against-the-spread picks involving these clubs, which includes an amazing 35-6 mark in his last 41 involving the Packers. He has hit six straight on Green Bay, including advising SportsLine members to back the Packers (-3.5) against Seattle last week. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, he has locked in on Packers vs. 49ers from every angle and released another confident point-spread selection. You can go to SportsLine to see it. Here are several NFL lines for 49ers vs. Packers in the NFC Championship Game 2020:

  • Packers vs 49ers spread: San Francisco -8
  • Packers vs 49ers over-under: 46.5 points
  • Packers vs 49ers money line: San Francisco -358, Green Bay +285
  • GB: Packers have covered five of six games as a playoff underdog.
  • SF: 49ers are 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings in this series.

Why the 49ers can cover 

The 49ers were widely expected to have a somewhat limited running game this season because of the absence of a true featured back, but they defied projections by developing the league's second-ranked rushing attack (144 yards per game) behind an effective but perhaps unlikely backfield trio.

Tevin Coleman, the former backup in Atlanta behind Devonta Freeman, came up big in the win over the Vikings, rushing for 105 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns. Raheem Mostert, an undrafted free agent in 2015 who's already with his seventh team, rushed for a team-high 772 yards with eight touchdowns in the regular season. Speedster Matt Breida, another undrafted free agent, ran for 623 yards in 13 regular-season games.

Why the Packers can cover 

Although the 49ers have received plenty of recognition for their sterling defensive line play, the Packers have shown they have a formidable one of their own. They are averaging 3.7 sacks over their past three games, one more than their 2.7 average for the regular season. Last week, they sacked Seattle's elusive Russell Wilson five times. 

Green Bay was only team in the NFL to have two players record 12 or more sacks during the regular season. Za'Darius Smith finished with 13.5, while Preston Smith had 12. Both players managed two sacks and four quarterback hits against the Seahawks. The 49ers have been vulnerable to the pass rush and allowed five sacks in an upset home loss to the Atlanta Falcons and six the following week in a win over the Los Angeles Rams.

How to make Packers vs. 49ers picks 

White is leaning under on the total, and he's also discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's sharing it only at SportsLine.

Who wins Packers vs. 49ers in the NFC Championship Game 2020? And what critical factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the 49ers vs. Packers spread you should jump on Sunday, all from the top NFL expert who's a whopping 49-14 on picks involving these teams, and find out.

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