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NFL Betting - Seattle Seahawks Defense to Hold off San Francisco in NFC Championship Game

Seahawks Vs 49ers Predictions

The Seattle Seahawks ( 14-3 SU, 11-6 ATS ) host the San Francisco 49ers ( 14-4 SU, 13-5 ATS ) on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Plenty of NFL betting action is expected as the division rival 49ers and Seahawks suit up with dominating defenses to decide a trip to the Super Bowl.

Watch and win on FOX television with kick-off from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA slated for 6:30 ET.

NFL Lines:

Seattle Seahawks: -3

Total: 39.5

Opening NFL Odds from Bookmaker

The Seahawks have the 12th Man and one of the strongest home field advantages in pro football. They also own one of the NFLs most dominating defenses the past decade which makes them worthy of strong consideration on the NFL betting lines again this week. Seattle allows a league-low 273 YPG including 173 passing YPG. Seattle’s defense shutout the high-powered Saints offense for three quarters last week before winning 23-15. The concern for Seattle is they only gained 277 yards offense in that win with QB Russell Wilson passing for just 103 yards.

San Francisco also has a strong, physical defense and the familiarity of these division rivals sets up to a lower-scoring game dominated by the defenses. Both teams are run-first offenses with the 49ers allowing QB Colin Kaepernick to use more read-option. They split their two games this season with each winning on their home field; San Francisco won 19-17 with neither QB passing for over 200 yards, while Seattle won 29-3 back in Week 2 holding the 49ers to 12 first downs and 207 total yards as Kaepernick was intercepted three times.

Note Seattle ran the ball 47 times in that football betting contest and the Seahawks averaged a NFC-high 32 rushing attempts per game. But right behind them are the 49ers with an average of 31 rushing attempts per game, so count on both teams to try to control the ball on the ground, but limited success is expected against dominating defenses. These two teams each allowed 3.9 YPR and just 96 and 101 rushing YPG respectively this season.

San Francisco must now play their fourth-straight road game as they try to advance to the Super Bowl. In the last three weeks, the 49ers have won on the road at Arizona ( 23-20 ), Green Bay ( 23-10 ) and Carolina ( 23-10 ). Clearly the 49ers defense is playing at a high-level, but now San Francisco’s offense must now face the league’s most dominating defense on the strongest home field while traveling for a fourth-straight week. Look for the 49er’s season to come to an end with a NFL betting loss at Seattle in a very low-scoring game.

Free Prediction: San Francisco ranks #3 in the league in opponent’s yard per point and points per play while Seattle ranks #1 in both categories setting up less scoring in this NFL betting contest. The under is 5-1 in the 49ers last 6 playoff road games and 6-0 in the last 6 Seahawks games overall. The under is also 4-0 in the Seahawks last 4 home games and Seattle is on a 6-2 ATS run and stands 12-4 ATS the L/16 times it battled an opponent that owned a winning record.

Play the Seahawks over the 49ers in a low-scoring game