Well, we went three out of four on our recent NFL Playoff Predictions. There were no upsets this weekend so it’ll end up being the four favorite teams who make it to the NFC and AFC Championships. Between the Saints, Rams, Chiefs, and Patriots, we feel pretty confident that the best four teams have made it to the finish line. And this next round should be even more exciting – in fact, ESPN is calling for this to be the most exciting final four ever. Check out our picks and predictions for these Conference Championship games as well how you can buy cheap NFL Conference Championship tickets on Razorgator. (Well, cheap-ish.)
Vegas is calling for these to be high-scoring games, and both are too close to call… but we’re going to do it anyway.
New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs
It’s the GOAT taking on the best new quarterback in the game in this one. The Patriots defeated a great-looking Chargers team (and make it look easy!) to get right back to the AFC Championship, a game which falls squarely in their comfort zone. We don’t actually know what it’d feel like without them there. However, this one is gonna be tight. Vegas has given the Chiefs a three-point advantage at home in Arrowhead Stadium. Which is nothing – that’s basically saying these two teams are equal. This is only the second time in 12 years that the Pats have been underdogs in the AFC Championship. But the Patriots have already beaten the Chiefs once this season. Lest we forget though, that was in October in Foxborough. It could really go either way.
The projected total points for this game is 57.5, which would make it one of the highest-scoring Conference Championship games ever. But that’s no surprise considering the abilities of Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs who can pull points out of thin air. The Pats actually have the lowest offensive totals of the final four teams, which shows you just how good all of them are. But don’t worry about New England too much, because they have the decision-making power of an experienced Tom Brady and perhaps the best coach in modern NFL history in Bill Belichick. We know that the Patriots aren’t as comfortable away from home and Arrowhead is a loud and tough place to play. But this isn’t exactly the Chief’s comfort zone either – it’s the team’s first appearance in the AFC Championship in 25 years. Could this be where Brady passes the torch? Or will he go to the Super Bowl for one more ring before he bows out? Our hearts say the Chiefs should win this one, but our heads just can’t shake the idea of Brady and Belichick returning to the big game just one more time. Dangit.
New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams
We’ve seen this match-up once before this season and the New Orleans Saints came out on top. No question about it, the Saints are the favorites to win the Super Bowl this year, but they’ll have a tough test against the Rams this weekend. They’ll be playing at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome where some of the nation’s most passionate fans reside, but Vegas has only given them a 3.5-point edge over the Rams next weekend. That shows the oddsmakers think this will be a super close match. They think it’ll be a high-scoring game too – Vegas has set the total points at 57. Another thing? Out of the final four teams, the Rams have just been given the worst odds to win the Super Bowl. And that’s probably because they have to go through the Saints, the team that everyone is banking on.
Here are the official Super Bowl odds via Bovada as of January 14th:
This weekend’s Eagles-Saints game was a weird one though. The Saints are known for their explosive offense but it was their defense that helped them beat Philadelphia in a close match on Sunday. Interceptions by Marshon Lattimore were huge, especially after they gave up big points early in the game. The Saints will need that same defensive strength against the Rams to help them stop the rushing force of Todd Gurley and CJ Anderson. To be honest, New Orleans didn’t look great this weekend and even Drew Brees looked a little shaky… but don’t sleep on them. The 40-year-old MVP candidate is calm, cool, calculating, and accurate, and he’s got receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara at his disposal. If Jared Goff struggles or the Rams start turning the ball over, the Saints will trample them. Last time, the Saints beat the Rams by 10 at home, and we think Brees and his team will do it again… though it might be a little bit closer this time!