In the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers will battle for a trip to the Super Bowl. Over in the AFC, it’s the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots who are still alive.
The game between the two NFC West rivals is basically a tossup. Most Las Vegas casinos haves the Seahawks listed as 3.5-point favorites. However, at some places, the betting line is just three points. The Seahawks have the advantage because they’re at home, and they have one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL. However, San Francisco’s two playoff wins have proven that they can win in any environment. In the divisional round, the 49ers won in Carolina, where the Panthers went 7-1 in regular season. The Seahawks were also 7-1 at home.
The over/under for the NFC Championship Game is the lowest of the postseason. Since the betting odds opened at the conclusion of the last round, the total has dipped below 40 to 39.5. There might not be much scoring, considering the Seahawks and 49ers ranked No.1 and No.3, respectively, in points allowed in the regular season. In three 2014 playoff games between the two teams, the average final total is 38 points.
While the point spread for the NFC title game has decreased in some places, the AFC Championship Game betting line has increased. At the start of the week, the Broncos were 4.5-point favorites at most Las Vegas casinos. On Thursday afternoon, that number has moved up to 5.5 points. The movement comes despite news that Denver cornerback Chris Harris won’t play with a torn ACL. New England also beat Denver in the regular season, 34-31. However, the Broncos will be home this time.
The matchup between the Broncos and Patriots features the largest over/under of any playoff game this year. The total stands at 56 points, as the top two scoring offenses from the regular season are set to face off. The average total of their two playoff games is 53. Against the San Diego Chargers, Denver scored less than 30 points, which is something they did just three times in the regular season.
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In the Super Bowl, both NFC teams would likely be favored against either AFC opponent. According to the website Bovada.lv, Seattle (+200) is the favorite to win it all, and they are trailed by Denver (+210), San Francisco (+275) and New England (+425).