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NFL odds: 49ers already given second-best chance to win 2021 Super Bowl

NFL odds: 49ers already given second-best chance to win 2021 Super Bowl

The 49ers are one win away from reaching their seventh trip to the Super Bowl. If they take down the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, they can book their tickets for Miami. 

Before the 49ers even play the Packers -- and the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game -- Super Bowl odds already have been released ... for next year. 

That's right, in another reminder that gambling never stops, 2021 Super Bowl odds are out. And the 49ers are looking like favorites, at least in the NFC.

SuperBookUSA gives the 49ers the second-best odds at 8-1 to take home the Lombardi Trophy next season. The Chiefs are the favorites with 7-1 odds. 

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The 49ers, obviously, must first focus on this year and what's ahead of them on Sunday against the Packers. Kyle Shanahan has matched legendary 49ers coach Bill Walsh with 24 wins through three seasons in San Francisco. A win over the Packers, crowning the 49ers as NFC champions, would push Shanahan over Walsh for a three-year span. 

Shanahan and the 49ers can focus on next year, next year. For now, winning the Lombardi Trophy in 2020 is all that matters.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers playoff coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Wednesday and 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 5:30 p.m.

49ers' Ben Garland details hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro after Super Bowl loss

49ers' Ben Garland details hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro after Super Bowl loss

It’s a 20,000-foot hike to the top, but Mt. Kilimanjaro has been a place for climbers to knock an adventure off their bucket list since the first record of such a feat occurred in 1889. For 49ers offensive lineman Ben Garland, he not only made the trek, but made history in the process.

Back in February, Garland became the first active NFL player and military reservist to reach the peak in Africa.

He also did it for a good cause and detailed his trip in a diary. 

Working with the Waterboys was originated by the Chris Long Foundation which brings clean water to communities in need, ESPN’s Nick Wagoner wrote. It raised more than $205,000 which went toward the trip itself and putting two clean water wells in Tanzania with a population of about 57 million not having access to clean water. 

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The group that included NFL defensive end Lamarr Houston, water advocates, ESPN radio host Mike Golic Jr. and military veterans, all began their trip in the Serengeti where they saw plenty of African wildlife and got to experience an authentic well ceremony and school visit.

Garland called it a life-changing experience and would be happy to return to Africa to hit his ultimate goal of providing more than 1 million people with clean water.

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Trent Williams explains why 49ers were his ideal trade destination

Trent Williams explains why 49ers were his ideal trade destination

Seven-time Pro Bowl selection Trent Williams had a lengthy feud with his former team in Washington for how they handled treatment of what ended up being a cancerous growth on Williams’ head. He refused to report to the team in training camp and demanded a trade in March before eventually finding his way to the 49ers in a deal made on the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Williams now says the 49ers always were high on his list of potential trade destinations, as he was made aware during the season that longtime Niners left tackle Joe Staley might be hanging up his cleats after the 2019 season.

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“I knew there was a possibility, but it was just kinda on the back burner until that situation kind of played out,” Williams told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “I kinda just kept close tabs on it, because obviously that was my No. 1 destination.

“That’s where I wanted to be, so once it started to play out and the rumblings started to grow that he might not return, that’s when all the focus started to shift back to the 49ers."

Staley announced his retirement on Day 3 of the draft, with the Niners acquiring Williams for a pair of draft picks from Washington just hours later.

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Williams easily can slide in and take Staley’s spot at left tackle, with young right tackle Mike McGlinchey now entering his third season in the NFL on the other side.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo likely had some concern about losing Staley’s leadership and expertise at the tackle spot, but the Niners might have gotten him an even better left tackle if Williams can return to his previous form.

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