We are now down to 4 teams remaining for a chance to win the Super Bowl, and if you were able to correctly pick who those 4 teams would be, then you should probably take a bow. We came very close to seeing history made last weekend, as it was almost the first time in NFL history that all 4 road teams won in the Divisional Round. Buffalo came as close as you can get without winning, taking the lead with just 13 seconds left on the clock before Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs engineered a stunning come from behind win. What that means is that we can now look ahead to the Conference Championship Games, where we have a pair of very clear favorites. Let’s take a closer look at those 2 games and talk about the potential for an upset so you can make your bets against the NFL Playoffs odds.
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AFC Conference Championship Game – Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Last season, with the performance of Joe Burrow, we all became aware that the Bengals had found themselves their franchise QB. There looked to be a lot of pieces still to be filled before the Bengals would properly challenge for division titles and the Super Bowl, but this is a team well ahead of schedule. They won the AFC North with a strong finish, but fans still gave them little hope in the playoffs. Cincinnati has stunned everyone by beating the Raiders and the Titans to get here, but are they done yet? The Chiefs are here by the skin of their teeth, somehow managing to pull out a win over the Bills after being down by a TD with just 13 seconds on the clock. The Chiefs come in as a 7-point home favorite this weekend, with most believing that they should have no problem getting to their 3rd straight Super Bowl. What may come as a surprise, though, is that the Bengals have won 5 of their last 6 meetings with the Chiefs and are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games overall. That might just be enough to make you want to drop a few bucks on the underdog here.
NFC Conference Championship Game – San Francisco 49ers at LA Rams
During the offseason, the LA Rams sprung a trade that they hopes would put them over the top, sending QB Jared Goff to Detroit in exchange for Matthew Stafford. While the success of the Rams this season is not entirely down to the acquisition of Stafford, it has certainly helped their cause. The rams win their division with a 12-5 record, after which they went into the Wild Card Game versus their divisional opponents, the Arizona Cardinals. They won that in comfortable fashion before going on the road to beat Brady and the Buccaneers 30-27 in a thriller. The 49ers came from out of nowhere late in the season to land an unexpected playoff spot. They won 4 of their last 5 games in the regular season, which included a 27-24 win over the Rams to get in. They then stunned Dallas and Green Bay on the road to get here. The 49ers are in as a 3-point dog, but they have already beaten the Rams twice this season. Would it be that surprising if they did it again?