The Green Bay Packers have opened up as 5.5-point favorites against the San Francisco 49ers. The San Francisco 49ers advanced to the divisional round after beating the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 23-17 after a controversial final play which saw the clock run out on Dallas’ season due to the umpire being unable to spot the ball before the Cowboys could get a snap off.
The Packers, fresh off of a bye week as the NFC’s one seed, had one of the highest win percentages against the spread records in the NFL during the regular season. At the moment, their 12-5 record (71 percent) sits behind the Cowboys for the lead in the league. If Green Bay covers against San Francisco, they would tie Dallas’ mark for the 2021 season.
The 49ers and Packers previously met this season in Week 3 when Green Bay Packers won by a score of 30-28 after a last-second field goal by kicker Mason Crosby. The game was in Levi’s Stadium, a very different environment than January in Lambeau Field, but San Francisco also did not play starting running back Elijah Mitchell, who was ruled out due to a shoulder injury. The 49ers were favored by 3.5 points in their first matchup this season.
The total in the game is 49 points, implying a 27-22 Packers win, and Green Bay Packer’s money line of -210 carries an implied probability that the Packers win the game 68 percent of the time. With all of the Packers’ possible injury promotions this week and the 49ers’ recent injuries to defensive end Nick Bosa (concussion) and linebacker Fred Warner (ankle), the line could move due to who is available for the game.
No other lines have been released at the time of this article as the results of the AFC’s Sunday Night Football game and the NFC’s Monday Night Football game have yet to go final.
Three Packers Named All-Pros, Including Pro Bowl Snub De’Vondre Campbell
The Associated Press has officially released their All-Pro voting for the 2021 regular season and the group has tabbed three Green Bay Packers as All-Pros for their efforts. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led quarterback votes with 34 of 50 voters naming him as the passer of 2021 while his top wideout Davante Adams was one of five players who were named as a unanimous First-Team selection. The surprise, though, was that inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, notably left off of the Pro Bowl’s initial roster, was named a First-Team All-Pro by the voters.
It’s worth noting that these same 50 voters vote for the Most Valuable Player Award, which is down to a race between Rodgers and Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady. The First-Team All-Pro race at quarterback, which saw Rodgers beat Brady by a score of 34-16, should be a direct reflection of the MVP vote.
Rodgers’ fourth First-Team All-Pro season ties him for the team record in the post-merger era with with former safety LeRoy Butler, who is a finalist for the Hall of Fame in 2022. Adam’s second First-Team All-Pro season, following his franchise record-breaking season, leaves him only behind Sterling Sharpe at the position in the franchise’s leaderboard in the post-merger era.
Campbell received more All-Pro votes (18) than Seattle’s Bobby Wagner (7), who was one of two inside linebackers that was named to the Pro Bowl’s NFC team. Campbell wasn’t even voted as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, a status running back Aaron Jones, cornerback Rasul Douglas and punter Corey Bojorquez earned. For everyone who felt that that Campbell was snubbed by the Pro Bowl’s voting: Here’s your vindication.
Jones, Douglas and Bojorquez did not receive a single All-Pro vote, but defensive lineman Kenny Clark, who made the Pro Bowl’s initial roster, received two votes. Only one interior defensive lineman in the NFC received more than two votes (Rams’ Aaron Donald, unanimous), but four AFC linemen made up the All-Pro’s top-five at the position.
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For whatever reason, two voters didn’t turn a ballot for long snappers and one voter didn’t pick a special teams ace.