We’re one week closer to determining which two teams will make it to the Super Bowl, and Wild Card weekend didn’t pass us by without some surprises! The New England Patriots are out (and we’re not sure where Tom Brady will wind up next year), all thanks to the Tennessee Titans! The New Orleans Saints have been sent home early too, courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills are gone, as are the Philadelphia Eagles… though that last one was sort of expected. Now we’re on to the NFC and AFC Divisional Games of the NFL Playoffs next weekend. Here’s a look at those games, those odds, and where you can get cheap tickets to see your team in the playoffs!
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NFC Divisional Round Games:
San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings at Levi’s Stadium – January 11th
By upsetting the Saints in overtime down in New Orleans, the Vikings secured their first road victory in the playoffs since 2005. Now the sixth-seed underdogs will head west to take on the 49ers. Both of these teams have one of the top rushing attacks in the league, but some are saying that the Saints’ loss practically paves the way to the Super Bowl for San Francisco. On the other hand, the Vikings have an abnormally tough defense against tight ends (like the dominant George Kittle), so they might give the 49ers some pushback. Unsurprisingly, however, the 49ers are still favorites to win this one by 6.5 points.
Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field – January 12th
The Seattle Seahawks came away with a win over the Eagles (and an injured Carson Wentz) on Sunday, though it certainly wasn’t a blowout victory. Now they’ll have to head to Wisconsin to take on a well-rested Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers team. This is going to be a battle between the two highest-rated quarterbacks in the league today. Literally. Russell Wilson has the second-highest passer rating in NFL history at 101.2 while Rodgers is number one at 102.4. The Packers are favored at -4 points (though they opened as only 3.5-point favorites) but don’t forget that the Seahawks are solid road warriors!
AFC Divisional Round Games:
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium – January 11th
Ahhh, and now the Super Bowl favorites get to take on the lowest-seeded team at home in Baltimore. The Titans managed to end the Patriots’ season earlier than expected (sending them home before the Divisional Round for the first time since 2009) and now they’ll face Lamar Jackson and company. The Titans are actually the one AFC team the Ravens haven’t played this season, but they came into the playoffs hot, winning eight out of their last 10 games with confident and accurate QB Ryan Tannehill. But of course, the Ravens are riding a 12-game win streak and they’ve got the heavy favorite for league MVP as their quarterback, so naturally, they’re favored by 9.5 points.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium – January 12th
The Texans finished off the Bills in overtime to win the privilege of playing the Chiefs at Arrowhead. Houston already has one victory over Kansas City in Arrowhead this season – they beat them 31-24 during Week 6 using strong ball control and rushing attacks. Since then, however, both teams have gotten healthier – the Chiefs have five of their starters back – and Kansas City’s overall defense is much better. Young phenom Patrick Mahomes won’t be hindered by his ankle this time around, and the Texans aren’t likely to have an answer for Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill. So yeah, the Chiefs are favored at -9.5 points.
Odds to Win the Super Bowl
While we’re at it, why don’t we see who Vegas is predicting to win Super Bowl LIV down in Miami on February 2nd?
Unsurprisingly, the Ravens are favorites to win, followed by the 49ers and Chiefs, who are tied for second-most likely. Bringing up the rear, we’ve got the Texans and Titans at long 30 to 1 odds, with the Packers, Seahawks, and Vikings floating somewhere in the middle. As of January 5th, according to Westgate SuperBook, here are each team’s odds to win the Super Bowl:
If you’ve got a good feeling about your team, you can go ahead and get tickets to the AFC Championship Game or the NFC Championship Game happening on January 19th. Or better yet, get yourself Super Bowl tickets before prices surge on Championship Sunday!