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49ers' injuries continue to pile up after physical win vs. Saints

49ers' injuries continue to pile up after physical win vs. Saints

The 49ers came out of New Orleans with a 48-46 win over the Saints, but not without a few bumps and bruises. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed the team's worst fears on Monday, announcing that center Weston Richburg will miss the remainder of the season with a torn patellar tendon. Air Force veteran Ben Garland immediately will take over at center. Thankfully for the team, Mike McGlinchey has been healthy for a few games and Joe Staley made it through all 67 snaps in New Orleans. 

“Ben is going to get his opportunity here,” Shanahan said. “It was nice to get Staley back in that game. It’s nice that we’ve had McGlinchey for a number of games back going on for about three weeks in a row just playing like his old self and even doing better. So I feel like we’re moving forward a lot offensively with injuries.”  

On the defensive side, both pass rusher Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman will miss a few weeks with hamstring injuries. Ford re-aggravated the injury that kept him off the field in Weeks 12 and 13 after only playing four snaps in New Orleans. An MRI confirmed Sherman will be sidelined with a hamstring strain.  

Fellow defensive back K’Waun Williams was injured midway through the fourth quarter while making a diving tackle on Saints running back Alvin Kamara and has been placed in concussion protocol.  

“The defense is a little harder right now,” Shanahan said. “They haven’t had to go through this as much. Losing Ronald Blair too, and then DaMontre [Moore] when we brought him in. Just adds up a little bit. We got guys who go in there and still play well, but the wear and tear does add up a little bit for them.”  

As far as pre-existing injuries, things look positive for receiver Dante Pettis who looks to return to practice this week after being listed as inactive in Week 14. The staff will see how safety Jaquiski Tartt feels on Wednesday after suffering broken ribs in Week 13's loss in Baltimore. 

The 49ers also will not rush back defensive tackle Jullian Taylor, who will miss another week with an elbow injury. The team is also evaluating treatment options for receiver Marquise Goodwin, who has been dealing with chronic knee and ankle issues. 

“It’s tough,” Shanahan said. “It was a huge win and we enjoyed that a ton obviously but yeah, some mixed feelings today with some of these injuries which is tough. Especially losing Richburg for the year. 

“The other guys got some serious ones too. Hopefully, we can keep playing well so we can give them a chance to come back and help us if we can make our season longer than three games.” 

Shanahan believes that the team will have to make a few roster moves going forward with so many injuries, but they will wait for the dust to settle before making any decisions. 

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“I would think so,” Shanahan said. “We definitely don’t know now because there’s a lot of moving parts here, but definitely anticipate having to do something.” 

49ers-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks in NFL playoff game

49ers-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks in NFL playoff game

With the 49ers' Week 12 thrashing of the Packers in mind, Vegas oddsmakers have made San Francisco heavy favorites over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Back on Nov. 24, the 49ers took it to Aaron Rodgers and Co., beating the Packers 37-8.

But Sunday's game at Levi's Stadium isn't setting up to be as easy for the 49ers. The Packers are rolling, having won six straight games dating back to the regular season.

Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history and he will want to avenge that 29-point drubbing from earlier in the season.

But the 49ers' defense is fully healthy with Dee Ford, Kwon Alexander and Jaquiski Tartt all ready to go for the NFC title game.

The winner gets a trip to Miami for Super Bowl LIV, where the winner of the Titans-Chiefs AFC Championship Game will await them.

It's going to be a classic under the bright lights in Santa Clara.

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LINE

Caesars: 49ers -7.5 (-110)
Consensus: 49ers -7.5 (-110)
Westgate: 49ers -7.5 (-110)
Wynn: 49ers -7 (-120)

PREDICTIONS

Nick Wagoner, ESPN.com: 49ers 30, Packers 20
Rob Demovsky, ESPN.com: Packers 28, 49ers 27
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Packers 24, 49ers 21
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 28, Packers 13
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: 49ers 30, Packers 26
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Packers 27, 49ers 26

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers playoff coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (6 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday)

Also tune in at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for “49ers Pregame Live,” with Laura Britt, Jeff Garcia, Donte Whitner, Ian Williams and Grant Liffmann previewing the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on “49ers Postgame Live,” starting at approximately 6:30 p.m.

49ers vs. Packers live stream: How to watch NFL playoff game online, on TV

49ers vs. Packers live stream: How to watch NFL playoff game online, on TV

The 49ers have a golden opportunity to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2013.

With a win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at Levi's Stadium, the 49ers would head to Miami for Super Bowl LIV to take on the winner of the Titans-Chiefs AFC Championship Game.

San Francisco opened as seven-point favorites, but that number has risen to -7.5 in recent days.

Injuries hampered the 49ers for most of the season, but they will enter the game against the Packers with a clean bill of health. Similarly, the Packers only have one player listed on their injury report.

Back in Week 12, the 49ers thrashed the Packers, 37-8, in Santa Clara. But no one is expecting San Francisco to cakewalk over Green Bay this time.

In that Nov. 24 matchup, vaunted 49ers defense held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to 198 yards of total offense. Rodgers completed 20 of 33 passes for just 104 yards. San Francisco will need another performance like that if they want to play on Sunday, Feb. 2 in sunny Florida.

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Here's how to watch the 49ers-Packers NFC Championship Game:

When: Sunday, Jan. 19 at 6:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. PT
TV: FOX
Stream: FoxSports.com

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers playoff coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (6 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday)

Also tune in at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for “49ers Pregame Live,” with Laura Britt, Jeff Garcia, Donte Whitner, Ian Williams and Grant Liffmann previewing the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on “49ers Postgame Live,” starting at approximately 6:30 p.m.