It’s official, a new NFL champion is on the way. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers almost made an epic comeback in the Divisional Round, but the MVP saved the day. By MVP I mean Cooper Kupp from the Los Angeles Rams. Admit it, he deserves it.
Overall, it was a weekend to remember. Three of the four games ended with the winning team kicking a field goal with no time left on the clock. The fourth one went to overtime after both teams combined for 25 points in the last two minutes.
That being said, there’s no doubt that the four best teams in the league will play again on Sunday. We already have the Conference Championship Games odds fully loaded. Every game is crucial now, so be sure to check ‘em and pick your favorites!
NFL Conference Championship Games Preview
For the first time in 12 years, neither Aaron Rodgers nor Tom Brady will be involved in the Conference Championships.
The Cincinnati Bengals will visit Arrowhead to face the Kansas City Chiefs with the AFC title on the line. In other words, Joe Burrow vs Patrick Mahomes. I’m telling you; this could be the beginning of a new, epic rivalry.
Regarding the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams will meet for the third time this season. That’s right, the Rams could become the second team to play the Super Bowl at home.
The NFL Conference Championship Games odds are ready and waiting as we look through each game.
NFL Games of the Week
Kansas City Chiefs (-7)Saturday, January 22th
There’s a reason why it’s fine to use one of your Draft picks on a kicker: win close games. That was what the Cincinnati Bengals did thanks to Evan McPherson. Not only him, but you know, he made the winning field goal to defeat the Tennessee Titans.
Besides McPherson (field goals), Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, and the defense had a very good performance. Burrow was sacked nine times, but still threw for 348 yards. Mixon ran for 54 yards and one touchdown. Finally, the defense made three interceptions and held Derrick Henry to 62 rushing yards.
This will be the Bengals first Conference Championship game since 1988. They’re 7-1 against the spread in their last seven games on the road.
What else can anyone say about Patrick Mahomes? He only needed 13 seconds (timeouts included) to lead the Chiefs to a tying field goal. In overtime, he threw his third touchdown pass to win the game.
Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill also deserve a lot of credit. Kelce finished with eight receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown. Hill led the way with 11 receptions for 150 yards and one touchdown.
The Chiefs are 11-1 straight up in their last 12 games. That loss was provided by the Bengals in Week 17. Cincinnati won 34-31 at Paul Brown Stadium thanks to Burrow throwing for 446 yards and four touchdowns.
Expect another back-and-forth battle at Arrowhead.
San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams (-3½)Saturday, January 22th
If you predicted that the San Francisco 49ers would play the Championship game, let me stand up and applaud you. They will after defeating the Green Bay Packers 13-10 despite having Jimmy Garoppolo under center. He threw for 131 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.
Just like the Bengals, the Niners advanced thanks to the defense and the special teams. Robbie Gould scored the winning field goal with no time left one the clock. The defense held Aaron Rodgers to 225 passing yards and no touchdowns. Their only touchdown came after blocking a punt.
Garoppolo isn’t a bad quarterback, but he needs to be more consistent. George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, and Eli Mitchell are great, but all teams need their QB to respond at key moments.
The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on the road.
Matthew Stafford finally did it. He had a lot to do with the Rams beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27. Now, he’ll play his first Conference Championship game.
The veteran QB threw for 366 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored a rushing touchdown and made a beautiful pass to set up the winning field goal. Kupp was his best ally, again, with nine receptions for 183 yards and one touchdown.
He didn’t have a memorable game, but Cam Akers returned to full speed and carried the load from the backfield. The more the merrier.
The 49ers defeated the Rams twice during the regular season. First, 31-10 at home. Then, 27-24 on the road. I think their third battle will be like the second one.
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NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend FAQ’s
Which teams have the home advantage heading into NFL Championship Games Weekend?
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Rams
Which teams are being considered for Super Bowl Champions heading into NFL Championship Games Weekend?
Kansas City Chiefs +120
Los Angeles Rams +200
San Francisco 49ers +400
Cincinnati Bengals +900