49ers open as 7-point favorites over Vikings in Divisional Round of NFC playoffs

The NFC Divisional Round matchup between the No. 1 seed San Francisco 49ers and No. 6 seed Minnesota Vikings is locked in, and oddsmakers are favoring the No. 1 seed by a touchdown.

According to BetOnline and the Action Network, the 49ers have opened as seven-point favorites over the Vikings, who were also seven-point underdogs in their Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints.

Of course, Minnesota not only covered the spread, but also sprung the upset of the No. 3 seed Saints in overtime on a touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Kyle Rudolph.

Josh Dubow of the Associated Press noted that since the NFL-AFL merger, the 49ers are 14-3 when favored by seven or more points in the playoffs. The last time the 49ers lost a playoff game when favored by seven or more was in January 1996, when the nine-point underdog Green Bay Packers pulled off a 27-17 upset in the Divisional Round.

The over/under for 49ers Vikings is 46.5, meaning oddsmakers are preparing for a defensive struggle. The Vikings held the high-powered Saints to just 20 points on Sunday, and the 49ers’ defense could have all of Kwon Alexander, Dee Ford and Jaquiski Tartt back on Saturday.

It will be the first-ever playoff game at Levi’s Stadium.

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