Lions vs 49ers prediction for the 2024 NFC Championship Game. The Lions are perhaps sentimental favorites but they are set at +7.5.
The Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers will meet in the late game this Sunday. This will be the 2024 NFC Championship Game with a spot at the Super Bowl at stake. The San Francisco 49ers will host the game, which will make it harder for the Detroit Lions to win. They've never made the Super Bowl in their team's history, something that they can change if they can overcome their status as underdogs. The Lions are +7.5 (bet365) heading into this game with bet365 sportsbook. My Lions vs 49ers prediction....
Lions vs 49ers Injury Report
This is a Sunday game and the final injury report came on Friday after practice. The 49ers listed nine players on their half of the report this week. Only two of them were questionable after Friday's practice, Kalia Davis and Oren Burks. Overall, the 49ers are in excellent shape as they prepare to host the Lions. San Francisco played in the divisional round last week but they had the previous week off.
The Detroit Lions also listed nine players on their half of the report. Sam LaPorta, Frank Ragnow, and Josh Reynolds were all on the report at the start of the week. However, they were upgraded to FP as of Friday, meaning that they were full participants in practice. The Lions do not have a bad injury report as there are not many names on it. However, injury reports are relative matters and San Francisco's injury report is the better one between the two teams.
Lions vs 49ers Prediction: UNDER 52.0 points
For the neutral fan, you have to think that a lot of them will be pulling for the Lions here. They are one of just four teams in the NFL that have never made the Super Bowl. If they don't end the streak here, they certainly cannot just expect to be back in the same position next season. Detroit has not taken in the Lions' share of the betting action, however. They are at +280 on the moneyline with bet365 while the 49ers are -360.
One daunting statistic heading into this game is that the 49ers have won 16 of their last 18 meetings. That is a trend that is likely to continue but the odds won't make you rich on the San Francisco 49ers.
I like the UNDER in this game for markets that are close to 50/50 odds. Detroit should have plenty of trouble on offense as they move into outdoor conditions on the West Coast. Meanwhile, I have some faith in Detroit's defense following back-to-back games where they held their playoff opponents to 23 points per game. I also think Brock Purdy might have some bad patches in this game. The total points is at 52.0 with the UNDER coming in at -110. That betting line is my recommendation for this game.