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The 49ers are one of the favorites to win Super Bowl 54. We break down where the MVP odds have moved for their players.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo celebrate after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers kick off their first game of the 2020 NFL playoffs when they host the Minnesota Vikings. The upset of the New Orleans Saints in the opening weekend makes the 49ers path to Super Bowl 54 a little bit easier. The Vikings, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks all bring plenty to the table, but the Saints were getting a lot of love as the spoiler of the Wild Card round teams.

If the 49ers make a run to the Super Bowl, Jimmy Garoppolo is likely to be a key reason for that. He’s got important weapons that will contribute, but if the 49ers win Super Bowl 54, the odds are pretty good that he will win the MVP award. 53 percent of all Super Bowl MVP winners have been quarterbacks, and 65 percent of the past 20 have been the signal-caller.

That makes a recent development a little bit curious. DraftKings Sportsbook is taking bets on who will win Super Bowl MVP. In betting since the end of the Wild Card round, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson have had the most money bet on them. George Kittle is tied for the third most money. Given his importance to the offense, that is not at all surprising.

However, Garoppolo is not among the top group of players in terms of money bet. The top nine is as follows:

Patrick Mahomes (+500): 23%
Lamar Jackson (+250): 21%
Aaron Rodgers (+1100): 10%
George Kittle (+2800): 10%
Derrick Henry (+8000): 5%
Russell Wilson (+1600): 4%
Dalvin Cook (+7000): 4%
Marshawn Lynch (+15000): 3%
Deshaun Watson (+4000): 2%

Garoppolo sits at +550 odds, which is just behind Jackson and Mahomes atop the list. It’s a little odd Garoppolo isn’t getting more support because the 49ers are third in Super Bowl futures support over the past week behind the Ravens and Chiefs. 3+ days is a relatively small sample size, but it’s still a bit odd. If the 49ers beat the Vikings this Saturday, I suspect he’ll get a modest push, but he’ll likely still lag behind many of these names.

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