NFC & AFC Title Game Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - With the Divisional Round in the books, let's check out the opening odds for the AFC and NFC Championship Games in the NFL for 2014.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Seahawks opened as 3.5-point favorites over the 49ers for the NFC Championship Game, which will be played at 6:30PM ET on Sunday. The over/under total, meanwhile, is currently sitting at 39.5 after opening at 40.5.
These NFC West rivals have already met twice this year, with each team winning one game at home. The Seahawks beat the Niners 29-3 in Seattle in Week 2 of this year while San Francisco returned the favor at home in a 19-17 win in Week 14. The Seahawks will enter play with a 14-3 overall record and were 8-1 at home this year, while San Francisco is 14-4 overall and 8-2 on the road.
The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between the 49ers and Seahawks and 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in Seattle. The favorite is also 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings while the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The Niners haven't fared well against the Seahawks in the recent past, going 1-4 ATS in their last five trips to Seattle and 0-4 in their last four meetings with the Hawks overall.
In the AFC title game, the Broncos will host the Patriots after barely hanging on to a 24-17 win over the Chargers in the Divisional Round. While Indianapolis gave New England a fight early on, the Patriots wound up having an easier time last weekend than the Broncos did, beating the Colts 43-22 as a 7.5-point home favorite. Denver failed to cover as an 8-point home favorite after holding a 17-0 fourth quarter lead.
According to oddsmakers, the Broncos opened as a 6.5-point favorite over the Patriots while the over/under total is currently sitting at 54.5 points. New England enters play with a 13-4 record overall and is 4-4 on the road, while Denver is 14-3 overall and 8-1 at home.
The Patriots are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games versus the Broncos but the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings between these two teams and the home squad is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. The over is also 4-0 in the last four meetings and 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Denver.
2014 Championship Game Odds
301 New England Patriots +6 (54.5)
302 Denver Broncos -6
303 San Francisco 49ers +3.5 (39.5)
304 Seattle Seahawks -3.5