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The San Francisco 49ers will try to move one step closer to locking up a playoff seed when they host the Houston Texans on Sunday. San Francisco (8-7) hasn't had much success versus the AFC South this year (1-2), with losses to the Titans and Colts. Meanwhile, the Texans (4-11) have won two straight games and are seeking their first three-game winning streak since 2018. These teams have played just four times previously, with the Niners winning three of those. In select markets, you can stream the game on Paramount+.

Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Caesars Sportsbook lists San Francisco as a 13.5-point favorite in the latest 49ers vs. Texans odds. The over-under for total points scored is 44. In select markets, Sunday's matchup can be seen live on CBS and streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.

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How to watch Texans vs. 49ers

  • 49ers vs. Texans date: Sunday, Jan. 2
  • 49ers vs. Texans time: 4:05 p.m. ET
  • 49ers vs. Texans TV channel: CBS 
  • 49ers vs. Texans live stream: Paramount+

Week 17 NFL picks for Texans vs. 49ers

Before you tune in to Sunday's 49ers vs. Texans game, you need to see the NFL picks from SportsLine's advanced computer model. The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,100 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception six-plus years ago. The model enters Week 17 of the 2021 season on an incredible 134-96 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

The model also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past five years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94 percent of CBS Sports Football Pick'em players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

For Texans vs. 49ers, the model is backing the Texans to cover the spread. Houston's 41-29 victory over the Chargers last week was one of the most impressive by any team in any game this season. The Texans had numerous players on the COVID-19/reserve list and were battling a team fighting for a playoff spot, but Houston still dominated in all areas of the game. The Texans have scored 71 points in back-to-back wins after having scored just 58 points over their previous five games combined.

Rookie QB Davis Mills has shown competency since being reinserted into the startling lineup three games ago. He's thrown five touchdowns compared to just one pick since then, and his 102.5 passer rating over this stretch is higher than QBs like Tom Brady and Josh Allen. Meanwhile, the Niners have offered little deterrence to opposing quarterbacks recently, as the defense has gone three straight games without an interception while allowing five TD passes during this span.

The model sees the Texans offense doing just enough to stay in this game and has Houston exceeding its scoring average for the third straight contest. A San Francisco offense that could be without Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) and Elijah Mitchell (knee) won't have enough firepower to make this a blowout. SportsLine's model sees the Texans falling by 10 points and covering in almost 60 percent of simulations.

How to watch, live stream the NFL on CBS

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