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Oddsmakers believe 49ers-Packers is most important first-round matchup

Dec 30, 2013, 1:19 PM PDT

AP

Oddsmakers believe the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers will be the most important postseason game this weekend.

With the bracket set for the National Football League Wild Card round, the oddsmakers have released their latest projections. Of the teams without a first-round bye, the 49ers and Packers are considered the two most viable contenders.

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The 49ers have the third-lowest odds to win the Super Bowl (low is good). Even though they open the postseason in a hostile environment, the 49ers are considered more likely to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy than two teams with first-round byes — the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.

The 49ers opened the 2013 season with a 34-28 win over Green Bay. With coach Jim Harbaugh at the helm, the 49ers are 3-0 against the Packers, including a 45-31 win in the divisional round of last year’s postseason.

San Francisco has won six consecutive games, but the Packers are a dangerous team after the return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Randall Cobb.

Here’s how each team stacks up (According to Bovada.lv): 

Seahawks: 11/4

Broncos: 11/4

49ers: 7/1

Patriots: 9/1

Panthers: 10/1

Packers: 14/1

Bengals: 16/1

Eagles: 16/1

Saints: 22/1

Chiefs: 25/1

Colts: 28/1

Chargers: 40/1

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