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.
Bettors waited in line Thursday at the Westgate to place up to two wagers at a time at a limit of $2,000 each. Most of them then would go to the back of the line and wait their turn again.
After paying out millions of dollars on Chiefs-49ers teasers and parlays, the books took a little solace in a compelling Super Bowl LIV matchup.
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.
The Titans are the surprise team in the NFL’s final four. But the cosmic tumblers appear to have clicked into place for the Chiefs to go to the Super Bowl.
“(Tennessee’s upset) ranks up there with one of our best decisions ever outside of the Super Bowl,” Westgate vice president Jay Kornegay said. “(Sunday) was a different story.”
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.
Sharp bettors liked that the Vikings covered as 7-point underdogs at New Orleans, and they’re backing Minnesota again as a 7-point underdog at San Francisco.
“I would make the odds that he’ll play for the Patriots minus 500 or he’ll retire,” said Ed Salmons, Westgate sportsbook vice president of risk.