San Francisco is a seven-point favorite as the two teams meet in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 1997 season.
Shanahan cited in particular the Warriors' mentality that any player can become the star.
The 49ers are second-favorite to win a first Super Bowl since 1995, a dramatic change of scenery from their chances at the beginning of the season.
The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are the bookmakers' favorites to reach the Super Bowl.
The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Tennessee Titans in the AFC championship game, with the 49ers taking on the Packers int he NFC title game.
The Green Bay Packers won a thriller over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and now the Packers will face the San Francisco 49ers for the right to go to the Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship.
The 49ers are aiming to reach the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2013, while the Vikings hope to become the first No. 6 seed to get past the divisional round in eight attempts.
Baltimore, Kansas City, San Francisco and Green Bay all enter the divisional round as favorites to qualify for the AFC and NFC championship games.
The Patriots and the Saints are gone, but the No. 6 seeds in both conferences are still alive ahead of the divisional round.
Home field was not kind to three of the four NFL teams that hosted games over the weekend. The four teams that had byes—Baltimore, Kansas City, San Francisco and Green Bay—will all host games in the divisional round.
The San Francisco 49ers, who are the NFC's top seed with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, are not even favored to make it to the Super Bowl by any of the writers.
The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers earned home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but the New England Patriots will be in action in the wild-card round.
The two divisional rivals collide on Sunday with the NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the NFC on the line.
The current leaders in the AFC and NFC—the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, respectively—were not even among the top 10 teams favored to win. But a $100 bet in August on either would pay more than $3,2000 if they win.
Two playoff spots remain up for grabs ahead of the final week of regular season, while the Seahawks' matchup against the 49ers will decide the winner of the NFC West.
The final week of the NFL regular season will decide the winner of the NFC West and who between Philadelphia and Dallas will make the playoffs.
There were only three NFL games on Saturday, but they went a long way to help determine who's in the playoffs, who is out and which teams clinched division titles to host a first round game.
The 49ers must win out to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC, while the Rams have to win both their remaining games to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Four playoff spots remain up for grabs going into the penultimate week of the NFL regular season this weekend.
Green Bay, New England, Seattle, Buffalo and San Francisco all clinched a playoff spot in Week 15 and four berths are still up for grabs.
The Ravens and the Chiefs have clinched a playoff berth, while the Patriots and the 49ers could do so with wins over Cincinnati and Atlanta next week.
New Orleans is the only team to have qualified for the playoffs so far, but Baltimore, New England, Kansas City, San Francisco and Seattle can join it on Sunday.
"He's really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing," he said.
The Baltimore Ravens took control of the AFC with a 20-17 over San Francisco, which saw the 49ers slip to fifth in the NFC.
The New Orleans Saints became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season with a 26-18 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving.
San Francisco 49er Richard Sherman relieved a Santa Clara school of its debt with a $7,400 donation on Saturday.
The 9-1 49ers host the 8-2 Packers in a game with potentially huge implications for the NFC playoffs.
Week 12 begins on Thursday night with a crucial AFC South matchup as the Houston Texans host the Indianapolis Colts.