The 49ers have the better defensive team, especially up front, and a much better running game, which should allow them to control the clock in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs have the edge at quarterback. But if San Francisco’s defensive front harasses Patrick Mahomes, the 49ers can control the game with their ground attack.
Brent Musburger says the Chiefs will cover the 7-point spread against the Titans, and the 49ers will win but not cover the 7½-point spread vs. the Packers.
VSiN columnist and talk-show host Brent Musburger likes the 49ers and Packers as home favorites and the Titans and Texans as road underdogs in the NFL playoffs.
Nothing is more difficult to handicap than the NFL’s wild-card weekend. Three seasons ago, all four favorites won and cashed against the spread. Underdogs are 8-0 ATS since.