The San Francisco 49ers (8-3) travel to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) in a rematch of the 2022 NFC Championship Game and a possible preview of the 2023 NFC Championship Game. Which team will rise as the favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LVIII?
The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions will have something to say about who represents the NFC, but there is no doubt both the 49ers and Eagles are the class of the conference, and this clash of the titans will give the winner temporary bragging rights. The loser will be as motivated as ever to get better come playoff time.
With both offenses featuring great offensive power, the outcome of the game will likely come down to which defense steps up and stops the opposing team’s strength on offense. The Eagles’ defense may have a greater task given they will need to be locked in on stopping Christian McCaffrey on the ground and All Pro tight end George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk in the air.
As for the 49ers’ defense, keeping Jalen Hurts in the pocket and limiting the big play potential of AJ Brown and Devonta Smith will be a challenge as well as limiting D’Andre Swift in the running game. Swift is coming off back-to-back games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills in which he averaged over 5.8 yards per attempt. He is an X-factor on offense to watch for the Eagles in this heavyweight bout.
San Francisco 49ers vs Philadelphia Eagles kickoff details: How to watch, betting odds
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023
Time: 4:25 PM
Location: Philadelphia, Pa
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field
Live Stream: Fubo TV (try for free)
Betting Odds: San Francisco 49ers -3 (via DraftKings)
49ers best bet on offense: Deebo Samuel
Despite a little bit of trash talk that should pump up the Eagles’ secondary, Samuel will still have a big game. If you talk the talk, you better walk the walk right. The Samuel, James Bradberry matchup will be a battle to watch all afternoon. Is Samuel calling Bradberry “trash” a tactic to get in his head? Perhaps.
What it does do is make Samuel a marked man which could come to his advantage because of his ability to exploit defensive secondaries with his physicality and toughness in the open field. Bet on a locked in Samuel to catch two touchdowns in this game.
Eagles best bet on offense: AJ Brown
The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver will be just as locked in as Samuel. In fact, he’ll be locked in to be the best receiver on the field in this matchup. With over 1,000 yards receiving already this season, AJ Brown has solidified himself as one of the top receivers in the NFL. In facing a 49ers team ranked 12th in passing yards allowed, Brown will have an opportunity to mimic the 145 yards receiving he put up against the 49ers while with the Tennessee Titans.
Brown will have 10 catches in this game with a touchdown reception.
Overall Prediction: Despite a big game from AJ Brown in the passing game, the San Francisco 49ers will prove to be too much for the Philadelphia Eagles defense as Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk get the best of the Eagles’ secondary with both scoring on touchdown passes from Brock Purdy. Expect a quick start from the 49ers and a classic Eagles comeback in the second half, but San Francisco will finish it out with a defensive stop on the last drive to get a little revenge in Philly. San Francisco 49ers 31, Philadelphia Eagles 27