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Trent Taylor has foot surgery, expected back in 4-to-6 weeks

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Trent Taylor has foot surgery, expected back in 4-to-6 weeks

SANTA CLARA -- Wide receiver Trent Taylor, one of the standouts of 49ers training camp, underwent surgery to repair a fractured foot, the team said Saturday.

Taylor complained of soreness on the outside of his right foot after practice Thursday, and an X-ray revealed a stress fractured fifth metatarsal -- also known as a Jones fracture. The decision was made to insert a screw into the foot Friday to enable Taylor to return to the playing field with minimal time lost in the regular season.

"We’re lucky we caught it when it was just a stress fracture," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said following the team's 17-9 victory over Dallas in the exhibition opener at Levi's Stadium. "Usually when you go with that for a little bit, it ends up breaking and being a lot worse. He was complaining about a little pain, so we got the X-Rays, saw a little fracture in there. Then you have to make the decision, whether you want to go with it and risk it until it breaks?

"We decided to do it now, so it could be more of a four-to six-week injury instead of an eight-to-10-week injury.”

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Shanahan said he hopes Taylor will be available when the 49ers open the regular season Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 49ers hope to have Taylor back early in the season, a team official said, and the receiver tweeted a message echoing the same.

Taylor, a fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech in 2017, had 43 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. He underwent offseason back surgery last year and struggled, appearing in 14 games and catching just 26 passes for 215 yards.

Taylor has appeared to make a full recovery from his back condition, and was setting himself up to be one of the 49ers' top receivers.

"He was having a hell of a camp, and it was disappointing to hear, but fortunately, it won’t be the year," Shanahan said.

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.