And then there were four.
The NFL season has reached the Conference Championship round, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals locking horns for the AFC title while the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers clash for the NFC prize. For the winners, a trip to the Super Bowl awaits. The losers? An entire offseason wondering what might have been.
|Team||Odds||Implied Probability||nF Odds|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+250||28.6%||29.5%|
|San Francisco 49ers||+310||24.4%||21.5%|
The Chiefs are slight favorites overall, although Patrick Mahomes's ankle is likely to be the body part most speculated about since people started asking what the deal was with Achilles and his heel. He may need to be at full strength if he is to snap his losing streak against Joe Burrow and the Bengals, including a defeat in last season's AFC title game.
In the NFC, the Eagles have the better odds after dismantling the New York Giants on Saturday while the 49ers held on to see off the Dallas Cowboys. This is the 49ers' third trip to the Conference Championship round in the last four seasons, including their second in a row. The Eagles last played at this stage back in 2017, when they beat the Minnesota Vikings before winning Super Bowl LII. Incidentally, they were the last No.1 seed to win the Super Bowl.
The tension, the drama, the buzz. It's all happening now.