The 2023 NFL season has just three games remaining following the conclusion of the Divisional Playoff games over this past weekend.
Kansas City Chiefs managed to overcome the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 at Arrowhead Stadium despite Patrick Mahomes picking up a high ankle sprain in the first quarter. Although Chad Henne temporarily replaced the 2019 Super Bowl winner for a 98-yard touchdown drive, Mahomes showed his toughness in finishing the game.
Then the Philadelphia Eagles destroyed NFC East rival New York Giants 38-7 with the number 1 seed gaining 268 yards on the ground and racking up 5 sacks in a dominant performance. The Eagles converted 71% of their third downs and won the turnover battle 1-0 as they head into the Conference Championship in great form.
AFC North champions Cincinnati Bengals went on the road in the snow to upset the Buffalo Bills 27-10 to setup a repeat of the AFC Championship game from last season, with the Kansas City Chiefs.
And the San Francisco 49ers’ defence came up strong in beating the Dallas Cowboys 19-12 on Sunday night. Rookie Brock Purdy is now 7-0 as a starter in the NFL, going 19/29 for 214 yards. Not turning over the ball proved to be key as his opposite number, Dak Prescott, threw 2 interceptions.
The Philadelphia Eagles will welcome the 49ers to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
It is the Eagles and the Bengals who are co-favourites to lift the Vince Lombardi in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday 12 February, with the sportsbooks giving odds of 5/2.
The Kansas City Chiefs are narrowly behind, at 13/5. They would arguably be the outright favourites but for speculation around Patrick Mahomes’ ankle. The San Francisco 49ers are +2.5 underdogs in the NFC Championship and are 16/5 to win it all.
The full list of Super Bowl LVII odds are as follws:
Cincinnati Bengals 5/2
Philadelphia Eagles 5/2
Kansas City Chiefs 13/5
San Francisco 49ers 16/5