There are only two 2021 playoff games left before the big on Feb. 7, Super Bowl 55. Both the NFC and AFC championship games will be decided on Sunday.
Tom Brady’s No. 5 seed Buccaneers travel to take on Aaron Rodgers’ No. 1 seed Packers in Lambeau Field in the first contest (3:05 p.m. ET, Fox). Then it’s Josh Allen’s No. 2 seed Bills playing at Patrick Mahomes’ No. 1 seed Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium (6:40 p.m. ET, CBS).
Based on tight game spreads, these penultimate matchups were meant to be. Based on recent play and some current injuries, the on-paper pregame advantages are pretty much down to the natural edges that come with home fields. Both Green Bay and Kansas City will have limited attendance of fans to try to help the teams advance against much tougher opponents from the divisional round.
Here’s the betting information you need to know for the two games plus a selection of best bets for the weekend. For more expert NFL predictions, check out Sporting News’ picks straight up and against the spread for Buccaneers vs. Packers and Bills vs. Chiefs:
NFL odds for conference championship games games
Below are the latest NFC and AFC championship game odds, including point spreads, money lines and over-under totals for every game, according to the DraftKings sportsbook:
Last updated: Sunday, Jan. 24
NFL conference championship game point spreads
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers||GB -3.5|
|Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs||KC -3.5|
NFL conference championship game money lines
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers||TB +155, GB -180|
|Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs||BUF +145 KC -167|
NFL conference championship game over/unders
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers||51.5|
|Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs||54.5|
NFL best bets for conference championship games
1. Buccaneers +3.5
The Buccaneers are a good bet to win straight up in another road upset but that extra half-point makes them really attractive even as potential losers. The game figures to be very close and come down to the final possession for either team.
2. Buccaneers at Packers OVER 52
There’s just too much offensively available for both teams and there should be strong belief that both Brady and Rodgers perform at a high level to facilitate frequent scoring. Notably, the number went up from 51.5 later in the week.
3. Chiefs -3.5
This consistent number was clearly based on the iffy injury status of Mahomes, but he has been cleared to play. The Chiefs are simply better than the Bills in many areas with him and deserve more respect than the natural home-field advantage. Jump on a line that suggests the Chiefs and Bills are even on a neutral field.
4. Bills at Chiefs UNDER 54
The Chiefs will be playing another grinding game with rushing and defensive success regardless of Mahomes playing. Allen really had trouble with the Chiefs’ pressure and coverage the first time and the Bills don’t run well.