It is ‘squeaky bum time’ in the NFL play-offs as we head into Conference Championship weekend.
Come Monday morning, we will know who will be contesting this year’s Super Bowl as the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams battle it out to make February’s showpiece in Atlanta.
All four teams have high-powered offences and with the NFC Championship battle between the Rams and the Saints taking place indoors, we are in store for at least one shoot-out.
Rams v Saints – over 56.5 points @ 10/11
Only the Chiefs managed a better average when it comes to points per game than these two teams, sharing 80 points in a regular season classic in week nine.
The Saints eventually came out on top 45-35, securing them home-field advantage throughout the play-offs as they and the Rams went 13-3.
That advantage has proven crucial at this point in the season recently, with no road side winning an AFC or NFC Championship game since 2012.
Sean McVay’s men were impressive when ousting the Dallas Cowboys last week, rushing for over 250 yards, and how they run the ball against the second-best defence when it comes to stopping the run could be key.
The Saints found themselves in a 14-point hole last week against the Philadelphia Eagles but slowly climbed out to keep the dream of a first Super Bowl appearance since they lifted the Vince Lombardi trophy in 2009.
New Orleans cannot afford another slow start and if they are quick out of the blocks, these two offenses should easily pass 57 points while over 6.5 touchdowns at 20/23 also looks promising given there were 10 TDs in November’s meeting.
Kansas City -3 handicap @ 25/28
Speaking of high-scoring games, the last time New England faced Kansas City there were 83 points tallied.
With the Chiefs having finished the season as the NFL’s top offense, over 56 points is again a tempting selection although it will be worth checking the weather beforehand after last week’s snowstorm in KC.
Led by the incredible Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs got the better of the Indianapolis Colts last week to record a first home play-off win since 1994. They start as the favourites although you can never count out Tom Brady and the Pats.
Brady is seeking to book his spot in a record ninth Super Bowl and the reigning AFC champions looked great when dismantling the Los Angeles Chargers last week.
They know what it takes to get to the big one, with this their eighth successive AFC Championship game.
However, after ending their play-off hoodoo last week, Mahomes is backed to finally knock Brady off his throne.
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