There was no dominant NFC team in the regular season, as three division winners finished with 12 victories and both wild-card winners won 11 games. Having earned home-field advantage, though, the No.1 seed has separated itself as the clear favorite to reach the 2015 Super Bowl.
There hasn’t been a repeat Super Bowl champion since the New England Patriots won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, but according to the oddsmakers, the Seattle Seahawks have a good chance to make history. They lead all 12 playoff teams with 11/5 betting odds, nearly tripling the odds of the next closest NFC team.
Not having to leave Seattle until the Super Bowl could make the Seahawks unbeatable. They have lost just two home games in the last three seasons, and they beat the Green Bay Packers by 20 points in Seattle in the season opener.
Green Bay has the second-best odds of any NFC team, at 6/1. Aaron Rodgers might be the frontrunner to be named the league MVP, and the Packers have just one loss in the last two months. Five of their victories have come by at least 21 points.
Even though they have the third-best Super Bowl odds of any NFC team, the Dallas Cowboys might have the best chance to upset the Seahawks. They handed Seattle their only loss at CenturyLink Field in 2014, and Dallas became just the eighth team to go undefeated on the road. Of the seven previous teams that didn’t lose a road game, only one didn’t reach the Super Bowl.
The Carolina Panthers have better odds than four of the 12 playoff teams, despite winning three fewer games than any postseason team. Carolina has won four games in a row, and they are one of four playoff teams that went undefeated in December.
The Detroit Lions haven’t won a playoff game since the 1991 season, and they’ve never reached a Super Bowl in franchise history. Their road to the championship would almost certainly include three road games, and Detroit went 4-4 away from home this year.
The Arizona Cardinals are the biggest longshots to make the Super Bowl. With all their issues at quarterback, the No.5 seed in the NFC has 66/1 odds to win the championship. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7 that he’s “hopeful” Drew Stanton will be healthy for Saturday’s playoff game. The team is 0-2 with Ryan Lindley as the starter.
Below are the 2015 Super Bowl odds for each NFC playoff team, following the end of the regular season. All odds are courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Seattle Seahawks 11/5
Green Bay Packers 6/1
Dallas Cowboys 17/2
Carolina Panthers 33/1
Detroit Lions 40/1
Arizona Cardinals 66/1