And then there were four. The road to Super Bowl LIV saw some major upsets this past weekend, but only the strongest can survive. As the field has been narrowed to four teams, and only three games, the action is tighter than ever, both on and off the field. So, let’s have a look at the early lines for the Conference Championship games.
Conference Championship Early Lines: Titans vs Chiefs
The Tennessee Titans surprised everyone when they pulled ahead of the Baltimore Ravens this past weekend to take the victory, 28-12. It would have been hard to predict that the win would be so incredibly lopsided, but the Titans have shown a lot of resiliency across the second half of the season. That is now paying off in ways the team most likely didn’t imagine when the season started, and they’ll need to keep it up when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs this coming Sunday.
The Titans already have one win against the Chiefs this season, taking them down in Week 10 with a 35-32 victory. Tennessee’s defense was able to control the field, stopping the Kansas offense on most of their trips to the red zone – despite Patrick Mahomes pushing the team for 530 yards and 28 first downs. Mahomes is now fully healthy and is good at threading the needle. If the Titans want to win, they have to stop Mahomes.
The Chiefs have a really good shot at securing the victory. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has done a great job this season, but has been vulnerable on more than one occasion. The Chiefs know this and will make sure the defense exploits it every chance it gets.
The defensive line has enough energy and stamina to keep pressure on Tannehill throughout the game, and this is where the Chiefs, who walloped the Houston Texans this past weekend, 51-31, will prevail. The Chiefs have opened as -7 favorites and, even though the Titans have a lot of ability, will take the victory and move to the final game.
49ers vs Packers
Who the Chiefs meet in the contest for the Lombardi Trophy will depend on what happens when the San Francisco 49ers face off against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Just like the Titans, the Packers came back from behind to get where they are now and aren’t going to go down without a fight. The 49ers, on the other hand, are ready for their first appearance in a Super Bowl game in seven years and are up for the challenge.
The 49ers easily beat the Minnesota Vikings this past weekend, 27-10, and didn’t have to break a sweat. The last time the 49ers met the Packers was in Week 12 and had no trouble taking the win. They were already up 23-0 at the half, allowing the team to relax a little in the second half and finally walk away with a 37-8 victory. Aaron Rodgers won’t quickly forget that game, as he was sacked five times and wasn’t able to complete for more than 104 yards in the air. Since 1982, the 49ers have advanced to the Super Bowl six times, only failing to win once. That says a lot for their capabilities when everything’s on the line.
The Packers have made five Super Bowl appearances, winning four of them. Their most recent trip was in 2011 and they have worked hard to get where they are this season. If they expect to make another visit to the championship game, Rodgers is going to have to step up and bring the same level of play he did in 2011.
Unfortunately, though, even an outstanding performance by Rodgers may not be enough, and the Niners have opened with an advantage of -7. Unless something significant happens this week, this won’t change, and San Francisco will represent the NFC in the big game.
So, that concludes our thoughts on early lines for the Conference Championship games, good luck with your NFL betting this week.