It’s been 25 years since each NFL convention championship video games had been this evenly matched from an oddsmakers standpoint.
The San Francisco 49ers are 2 1/2-point underdogs in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday within the NFC championship sport, based on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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Within the AFC title sport, the Cincinnati Bengals are 1 1/2-point favorites on the street in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
The earlier time each convention championship video games featured spreads underneath 3 factors was 1998. The Packers had been 2 1/2-point favorites at San Francisco within the NFC sport. The Broncos had been 2 1/2-point favorites at Pittsburgh within the AFC matchup. Each street groups gained.
The Eagles and Chiefs have historical past on their aspect. No. 1 seeds are 32-14 in convention championship video games, however solely 4-3 for the reason that 2017 season when the Eagles grew to become the final No. 1 seed to win a Tremendous Bowl.
Dwelling groups are 34-18 within the NFC title sport, 36-16 within the AFC.
San Francisco (15-4) at Philadelphia (15-3)
The 49ers have gained 12 straight video games, together with seven in a row since rookie seventh-round choose Brock Purdy took over at quarterback after Jimmy Garoppolo was injured.
The Eagles opened 13-1 behind Jalen Hurts, earned the No. 1 seed and a bye and dominated the New York Giants within the divisional spherical.
This sport pits the 2 prime defenses within the NFL, two of the perfect dashing offenses and loads of playmakers on either side. Miles Sanders, AJ Brown, Devonta Smith and Dallas Goedert for the Eagles. Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk for San Francisco.
It needs to be a tricky, bodily sport involving groups who’re no strangers to reaching this level. The Eagles are within the NFC championship sport for the seventh time in 22 seasons and are in search of their third journey to the Tremendous Bowl in that span. They gained all of it after the 2017 season.
The Niners are making a report 18th look within the NFC title sport, second in a row and third in 4 years. They’re 7-10 general.
Dwelling-field benefit is the distinction on this one. Purdy has solely made two street begins in Seattle and Las Vegas. Philadelphia is simply completely different. The Eagles have hostile followers who gained’t let up.
Cincinnati (14-4) at Kansas Metropolis (15-3)
Joe Burrow is 3-0 in opposition to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, together with a comeback win in time beyond regulation final 12 months within the AFC championship sport additionally performed in Arrowhead Stadium.
The Bengals are slight favorites as a result of Mahomes has a excessive ankle sprain. He returned from the harm to assist lead the Chiefs to a win over Jacksonville final week, however there’s little doubt it ought to restrict his capability to do superhuman issues on the sector.
The Chiefs are making their fifth straight look within the AFC title sport with all 5 at dwelling. They’re 2-2 in that span with one Tremendous Bowl victory.
Earlier than final season, the Bengals hadn’t gained a playoff sport in 31 years. Now, they’re 5-1 over the previous two seasons with Burrow main the best way. He has loads of assist in Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon.
Cincinnati’s banged-up offensive line held up effectively in opposition to Buffalo. The Chiefs will look to take benefit this week.
The Chiefs should shield Mahomes and provides him time to remain within the pocket so he’s not making an attempt run round on a gimpy ankle. Count on Mahomes to focus on fellow All-Professional Travis Kelce very often. Kelce had 14 catches final week.
Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo designed a scheme to confuse Josh Allen and held Buffalo’s dynamic offense to only 10 factors. He’ll must do it once more in opposition to one of many prime play-callers within the NFL.
Kansas Metropolis’s Andy Reid is teaching his tenth convention championship sport, however solely has one Tremendous Bowl trophy on his mantel. He’s going to wish Mahomes to be magical in some unspecified time in the future.
If anybody will be spectacular with an harm such because the one he has, it’s Mahomes.
Final Week: Straight up: 4-0. In opposition to unfold: 2-2.
Season: Straight up: 179-101. In opposition to unfold: 140-135-5.
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