After 3 days of exciting Wild Card football, we are now officially down from 14 teams to 8 with a shot at winning the Super Bowl. The bookies have their favorites in place, and while the Wild Card Weekend went pretty much as expected, there is still the possibility of surprises and upsets to come, as that is basically how things went in the regular. Yesterday, we looked at the possible AFC Conference Final matchups, so today we are going to turn our attention to the NFC. We will start by looking at the matchup that the bookies see as most likely, followed by some other potential scenarios. Let’s get right to it so you can make your bets against the NFC Championship odds.
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Green Bay Packers Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Packers are coming off another fantastic regular season, and one that many people believe will result in Aaron Rodgers winning another MVP. He would gladly trade that for a run at the Super Bowl, but it is going to be a tough road for the Packers, even as the #1 seed. They have a tricky one versus the 49ers this weekend, while the Buccaneers also have a tough one against the LA Rams. The Packers and Bucs are favored to move on, but neither of those games can be considered a slam dunk.
Green Bay Packers Vs LA Rams
As good as Rodgers has been in his time with the Packers, he has managed just one Super Bowl win. That is something he would like to rectify this time around, and you have to say that they look like a very good bet to move on to the next round. The LA Rams traded for Matthew Stafford for the sole purpose of getting an elite QB who could take them deep into the postseason. It’s been a case of so far so good, but this would be an even bigger test for him and the rest of the Rams squad.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs San Francisco 49ers
There aren’t many people giving the 49ers a shot at getting out of Lambeau Field with a win this weekend, but there were a lot of folks who didn’t like their chances against the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card. At this stage of the proceedings, the 49ers are essentially playing with house money, so they might be a loose bunch heading into the Divisional Round. As for the Bucs, this is a team that just continues to win under the seemingly ageless Tom Brady. It would not be a surprise to see them in the Super Bowl yet again.
San Francisco 49ers at LA Rams
The two underdogs heading into this weekend could potentially meet in the Conference Final and you have to say that it would not be particularly stunning. The Rams looked very good in disposing of the Arizona Cardinals in the opening round, while the 49ers took advantage of some sloppy play by the Dallas Cowboys to win and move on. This might not be the matchup that everyone wants to see in the NFC Championship Game, but it is certainly not outside the realms of possibility.