Patriots are road underdogs to Chiefs, Rams-Saints are loading up for a shootout in the Dome.
Four of the best teams in the league are the last four teams standing in the hunt for Super Bowl 53. The Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs will pair off on Sunday, January 20th. The winners play for the Lombardi Trophy. Click here for live NFL playoff odds.
2019 NFL Playoffs Final Four Odds & Betting Analysis
NFC Championship Game
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints -3.5
Game Total: 57
3:05 pm et, Sunday, January 20, 2019
The NFC Championship Game will feature two powerhouse offenses with a dash of defense for good measure. The New Orleans Saints are 3.5-point favorites when the Los Angeles Rams visit with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. New Orleans, the top seed in the NFC and the current Super Bowl betting favorite, beat the Rams, the No. 2 seed, 45-35 in New Orleans on Nov. 4th. That is a combined 80 points.
Why is the over/under for the rematch 57? First, teams play more conservative and defensive football in the playoffs. Secondly, both sides have cooled down since their November shootout. The Rams did put up 30-points in their NFC Conference win over the Cowboys while New Orleans offense struggled against the Eagles putting up just 20-points.
AFC Championship Game
New England Patriots at Kansas Chiefs -3
Game Total 57.5
6:40 pm et, Sunday, January 20, 2019
No matter what happens in the AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs vs. Patriots matchup is a monster. When the two faced-off during the regular season it was a shootout that finished with a wild 43-40 New England win over Kansas City. However, that game was at Gillette Stadium. That loss was a hiccup for the Chiefs who ultimately secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Patriots haven’t traveled well this season going 3-5 straight-up and against the spread on the road. Plus Arrowhead is considered to be the loudest stadium to play in unless you wear #12. The Chiefs went 7-1 SU at home during the regular season. ATS KC is 5-4 ATS at home including last week’s playoff victory over the Colts.
This is Kansas City’s biggest game since Joe Montana first suited up for the Chiefs. Not just for the team, but the whole city. You can’t be the best until you beat the best. Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots are terrifying and they are coming off a massive victory over the red-hot Bolts. Moreover, they are underdogs which sets the stage for Brady and Bill to play the "no one believed in us" card one more time.
This is just the seventh time ever the Patriots have been a full, outright underdog in the playoffs.