Following a wild divisional round weekend where three road teams were victorious, the two home teams are the early favorites to represent their respective conferences in Super Bowl LVI. The Rams opened as a 3.5-point favorite over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, with the over/under set at 46.5 points. The Chiefs are a 7-point favorite over the Bengals with the over/under set at 53.5 points in the AFC Championship Game. All odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
Both games are rematches from the regular season.
Chiefs (-7) vs. Bengals
Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, on CBS
In Week 17, the Bengals overcame a 14-0 deficit to record a 34-31 win over the visiting Chiefs. Like in their divisional round win over the Titans, the Bengals defeated the Chiefs on rookie kicker Evan McPherson’s field goal as time expired. Patrick Mahomes was upstaged that day by Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who threw for 446 yards and four touchdowns on 30 of 39 passing. Rookie phenom Ja’Marr Chase ran circles around the Chiefs’ defense to the tune of 266 yards and three touchdowns on 11 receptions.
Rams (-3.5) vs. 49ers
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET, on Fox
San Francisco’s season sweep of the Rams included a 27-24 win at SoFi Stadium in Week 18 that clinched the 49ers’ playoff berth. Like many teams this season, the Rams had no answer for Deebo Samuel in both regular season meetings. Samuel had eight touches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers’ 31-10 win over the Rams in Week 10. Samuel recorded 140 total yards and a score on 12 touches in San Francisco’s Week 18 win in Los Angeles. He was complemented in both games by running back Elijah Mitchell, who ran for a combined 176 yards on 48 carries. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was steady in both games, while the 49ers’ offensive line did not allow Aaron Donald to take down Garoppolo in either matchup.
Neither game was particularly stellar for Rams…