NFL Wild Card Opening Odds: Seattle Seahawks At San Francisco 49ers

Written By Brett Gibbons on January 8, 2023 - Last Updated on January 10, 2023
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The San Francisco 49ers (13-4) host the Seattle Seahawks (9-8) in the NFC Wild Card Round at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT. San Francisco swept the regular season series against Seattle, holding them to just 20 total points in two games. The last time these two met in the playoffs came in the 2017 NFC Championship Game, where the Seahawks clinched a Super Bowl berth. The 49ers opened as -6.5 favorites at FanDuel Sportsbook and the Seahawks opened at +240 on the money line. Find Seahawks at 49ers NFC Wild Card opening odds below.

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NFL Wild Card Opening Odds: Seattle Seahawks At San Francisco 49ers

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The 49ers opened at -6.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook, but moved almost immediately to -9.5. It took less than 20 minutes after opening for the number to be market corrected. Caesars Sportsbook opened their number SF -10 and DraftKings Sportsbook opened at -9.5.

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How The 49ers Got Here

You could have called the 49ers dead in the water back when Trey Lance was lost for the season with a broken ankle. You could have called them finished when Jimmy Garoppolo also went down with a season-ending injury. And yet, here they are, second in the NFC and hosting a playoff game. The emergence of “Mr. Relevant” Brock Purdy gave the Niners a late-season jolt of energy.

Much of the team’s offensive success comes from one of the best systems in the NFL under Kyle Shanahan. That system became doubly dangerous when San Francisco landed Christian McCaffrey in a trade with Carolina midseason. McCaffrey, along with Deebo Samuel and Brandon Ayiuk, completes one of the most versatile skill groups in the NFL.

Defensively, the 49ers have a cast of players that induce nightmares in opposing teams. Nick Bosa completed another All Pro-level season, racking up a league-high 18.5 sacks and another 19 tackles for loss. Fred Warner, despite playing linebacker, finished second on the team with 10 passes defended. All of that led to the NFL’s number-one defense in EPA per play.

Needless to say, San Francisco is the one team nobody wants to play.

How The Seahawks Got Here

After trading Russell Wilson away, it was clear the Seahawks rebuild was on. Surprising to many, they passed on a QB in the NFL Draft, instead opting to roll with Geno Smith. The result? A nearly-improbable playoff berth based on plodding wins and a favorable schedule that included the NFC South. Kenneth Walker III emerged as a star, but as lost for the season.

Smith finished first in completion rate over expected (CPOE) and 13th in EPA per play. He still managed to feed the talented duo of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and score over 30 points five times.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the season was cornerback Tariq Woolen, a rookie cornerback from UTSA. He was graded a top-30 corner by PFF this season, sixth among rookie corners. However, the defense as a whole had its issues, particularly against the run. Seattle allowed the third-most rushing yards per game on the season.

Seattle sat in the seventh/eighth/ninth spot in the AFC Playoff race for nearly the entire season and allowed teams ahead of them to fall, like the Packers in Week 18. Perhaps luck fell their way, but the Seahawks are in the playoffs for the first time since 2020.

NFL Playoffs Begin Jan. 15 With Super Wild Card Weekend

The Kansas City Chiefs secured the AFC’s top overall playoff seed Saturday with their win over the Raiders. Patrick Mahomes & Co. get the coveted bye week for the Wild Card Round. The bye also fortifies their position as the Super Bowl odds favorites. On the other side, the Philadelphia Eagles locked up the NFC’s top overall seed. Led by NFL MVP contender Jalen Hurts, the Eagles also get an extra week’s rest and await winners of the Wild Card Round.

Aside from this game in the NFC bracket, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants visit the Minnesota Vikings. Across the way, the Buffalo Bills host the Miami Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens visit the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Playoffs.

Super Wild Card weekend begins Jan. 15 with the Seahawks at 49ers. Follow along with TheLines for NFL Playoff odds and coverage.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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