THE NFL has reached the Conference Championships with four teams left battling it out for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
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Tom Brady has led the Buccaneers to the Conference Championship
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers – NFC Championship Game – 20:05
Two veteran QB will lock horns as Tom Brady takes on Aaron Rodgers at a frozen Lambeau field. Brady is in his 14th Championship game, TWICE as many as any other QB in history.
The Packers might be four point favourites but at this stage even the most newbie of NFL watchers knows that it is foolish to overlook the GOAT.
For all of Rodgers’ brilliance in his career, he has just one Super Bowl appearance to show for it. The pressure is on him to deliver in his own backyard but the soon-to-be three-time MVP is on another level at the moment.
The Bucs are 8-2 on the road this season and are riding a six-game winning streak (The Packers have a seven-game streak of their own). Other than their defeats to the Saints (who they just beat), all of the Bucs’ three losses have been by three points or less.
The handicap is 3.5 points, a perfect scenario to take the underdogs. Tampa Bay may just lose out here, but can easily cover.
Prediction: Bucs 27, Packers 30
Bet #1 – Buccaneers +3.5 handicap – 9/10
Bet #2 – Packers Winning Margin 1-6pts – 10/3
Aaron Rodgers is looking to earn a second Super Bowl appearance
Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs – AFC Championship Game – 23:40
The #1 and #2 seeds face off and this could be an all-time classic. All eyes are on Patrick Mahomes: The Chiefs star QB left the field with a concussion on Sunday, and his availability for this game is unknown at this stage.
Assuming he does play (and the bookies think he will), the Chiefs go off as favourites for a second straight Super Bowl. But they need to be wary. For all of their dominance, their last eight wins have been by less than one score.
Many think the Bills will be the ones to finally get the better of the Chiefs. Those living in Western New York will feel great that their defence was the ones who put the clamps on Baltimore in the Divisional Round. They got just three points and that gives the Bills D a huge boost.
But they could fall just short again. Mahomes and Tight End Travis Kelce have the best partnership in the AFC and their experience in these high pressure games could see them over the line. But with the line set at 3 points, look for the Bills to cover.
For a side bet… The Chiefs have only been leading at half time in one of their last five home games. If it’s as tight as everyone expects, 13/2 for Bills/Chiefs HT/FT represents great value.
Prediction: Bills 27, Chiefs 28
Bet #1 – Bills +3 handicap – 4/5
Bet #2 – Bills/Chiefs HT/FT – 13/2
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