The road to Super Bowl LVII reaches its apex this Sunday with the Conference Championship round, featuring the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens hosting the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The 49ers, who play at 6:30 p.m. ET, are favoured to win it all at a slim +140 in outright odds, while the Ravens, who kick off at 2 p.m. ET, are the second choice at +180. Kansas City is +425 to repeat, with the Lions at +800 to win their first-ever Super Bowl.
This week’s match-ups don’t anticipate any blowouts, with San Francisco favoured by 7.5 points and Baltimore favoured by four.
The Chiefs (13-6 SU, 11-8 ATS, 6-13 o/u) will face the Ravens (14-4 SU, 12-7 ATS, 8-10 o/u). This game will be significant for Lamar Jackson, as a win would define his legacy. Jackson quieted some of the noise about his playoff limitations last week when he set a record for two touchdowns passing, two touchdowns running, 100 yards rushing and a 100 passer rating in a single game. The Chiefs are known for their stout defence, which held opposing quarterbacks to minimal yardage last week.
On the other hand, the 49ers’ game against the Lions promises to be an exciting showdown. Both teams have their strengths, with the Lions finishing one spot ahead of the 49ers in total offence. The 49ers also boast a defence that ranked third in the NFL in scoring, holding opponents to an average of 17.5 points per game. The Lions, however, are coming off an impressive win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The weather favours the teams, with moderate rain expected in Baltimore and more favourable conditions in Santa Clara with clear skies and light winds.
Player prop trends indicate that opposing quarterbacks have had fewer pass attempts against the Chiefs, while the Ravens’ defence has been strong. The odds project Jackson to complete 29.5 passes, while Mahomes is projected to complete 24.5 passes.
As of late in the week, the sharp bettors and public were both leaning toward the road underdogs, with the Chiefs and the Lions garnering the majority of the bets and money for the early and late games respectively.
Thus, football fans have much to look forward to this Sunday as the Conference Championship round promises to deliver thrilling matchups.