Four teams remain in the chance to win the Super Bowl. The Titans, Chiefs, Packers and 49ers do battle this week to earn their spot in the NFL’s biggest game.
It was a wild Divisional Championship round last week but it has led us to this point. Action starts on Monday morning with the Titans vs. Chiefs and concludes with the Packers vs. 49ers.
We look at the best bets for both NFL Conference Championship games.
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7:05am Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs @ Arrowhead Stadium
The Tennessee Titans roared into the Conference Championship when beating the Super Bowl favourite Baltimore Ravens last week.
It was a huge team effort and it was down to both a terrific running game and stout defense. Derrick Henry, who has been huge this season, was a monster at the RB position.
He has run for 1540 yards this season and scored an incredible 16 touchdowns. That’s impressive numbers for a running back and it’s one reason why the Titans have defied the odds to get to this position.
Another positive for the Titans are their defensive numbers. They give up only 12.5 points per game and their red zone defense is especially impressive.
It wasn’t long ago that the Titans were in trouble with quarterback Marcus Mariota at the helm. Since Ryan Tannehill took over, they have settled down nicely.
Opposing them will be the currrent Super Bowl favourites. Despite being $8 to win just two weeks ago, the Kansas City Chiefs are now favoured to win the competition.
They were most of the season as an underrated team but Patrick Mahomes is still just as good as he was last season.
Chiefs are one of the best scoring teams in the NFL and any deficit isn’t enough to keep them down. They were down 24-0 against Houston last week and somehow led at halftime.
They kicked away for a 51-31 win at home and playing at Arrowhead is going to help their cause again.
So, who wins this game? We respect both sides and it should be a closely-fought contest. The Chiefs are the more attractive team and deserve to be favourites, but there’s a sense of destiny with this Titans teams.
They will run the ball down the Chiefs’ throat and it will be interesting to see if they hold up against it.
We think the Chiefs will win but the Titans are picked to keep it close.
Betting tip: Titans +7 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Chiefs by 6
10:45am Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers @ Levi’s Stadium
What a game we have in store here as the 13-3 Packers face off against the 13-3 49ers.
It was business as usual for San Francisco last week, when they dispatched the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 at home.
They continued to do what they have done for most of the season, and that’s to frustrate opponents into making mistakes.
This 49ers defense is stingy and that’s not withstanding their offense, which can keep up with some of the best in the NFL.
It will have to, as the Green Bay Packers come loaded with Aaron Rodgers. Despite having a first-year coach, the Packers have exceeded expectations.
They just got past the Seattle Seahawks in a close game last week and they has been their modus operandi this season.
Over their last five games, the average winning margin has been seven points. That’s not much and they’re playing a 49ers team that loves a close contest.
There is no doubting that Green Bay has the edge at the quarterback position with Aaron Rodgers over Jimmy Garoppolo. They could also have the advantage in the running game with Adam Jones over Raheem Mostert, so where do the 49ers come up strong?
They play as a team and their defense makes big plays when needed. Key turnovers can win games and the 49ers have a knack of recording them at the right time.
Playing at Levi’s Stadium isn’t easy and that’s where the Packers could face trouble.
Bookmakers have 7.5 points between these two teams and we see it as a much closer contest. Green Bay could get their shot to win in the fourth quarter.
For that reason, we’re confident the Packers can cover the spread. Ultimately, San Fran should get the win but it won’t be a walkover.
Betting tip: Packers +7.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
49ers by 3