And then there were four.
The NFL playoffs have reached the conference championships, each to be held in just a few days.
On the AFC side, two of the NFL’s bright young stars will go head to head when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs host Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. Then the NFC title game will feature two NFC West rivals as the Los Angeles Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers for the third time this season.
What’s a stake? Just a trip to Super Bowl LVI.
While the country’s most popular sport nears its climax, legal sportsbooks in Arizona are being flooded with wagers. But they are always looking for more. That’s why two of the state’s top betting apps are giving new users substantial odds boosts to use on any team this weekend.
DraftKings, FanDuel offering major AZ sports betting odds boosts
With the NFL postseason nearing its end, it has become prime time for sports bettors. And folks still new to the game can get a sizable odds boost. Best of all, they don’t need a promo code to get one. Just click on the banner of your choosing and get going.
Bet $5,win $280 in free bets with DraftKings Sportsbook
Over at DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona, new users will see what amounts to a 56-1 odds boost to Championship Sunday. New DraftKings customers will get moneyline odds on the team they choose boosted to +5,600. So bettors can earn $280 in free bets with a $5 wager if the team they pick wins.
All you have to do is create a DraftKings Sportsbook account, make a first deposit of at least $5 and place a moneyline bet on any of the final four teams in the NFL playoffs.
Bet $5, win $150 cash with FanDuel Sportsbook
Meanwhile, FanDuel Arizona is also whipping out a new-user promo this weekend. New customers have the chance to turn a $5 bet into $150 cash.
New customers who register for a FanDuel Sportsbook account will receive a 30-1 odds boost. They will then be allowed to bet $5 to win $150 cash if their team wins. Once the money hits the account, bettors will have the choice to use winning on other bets or cash those winnings out. No free bets or site credit. Just $150 cash.
As mentioned, there is no promo code needed for either deal. So it’s going to be a fun weekend of NFL and betting action, and the matchups should make for an entertaining Sunday.
Chiefs aim for third straight Super Bowl appearance
The Kansas City Chiefs, the No. 2 seed in the AFC, will host the No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals to kick off Championship Sunday. Unsurprisingly, Arizona sports betting apps have the Chiefs as the favorites with the spread at . Also, the over/under for the game is at .
It’s sort of a “been there, done that” for Kansas City, which will play in its fourth straight AFC title game. They also look to advance to the franchise’s third straight Super Bowl. It is odd to see such a high spread in a Conference Championship game. However, the Chiefs have a very experienced and talented roster.
On the other side, Cincinnati appears in the conference championship for the first time since 1989. The Bengals have come a long way in a short time. They finished with the worst record in the league in 2019. But after drafting LSU quarterback Joe Burrow in 2020 and LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase in 2021, they have vaulted into a situation where they are one win away from playing in a Super Bowl.
These two teams met in Week 17 in Cincinnati, a game in which Chase torched the Chiefs’ defense for 266 receiving yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bengals to a 34-31 victory. But will Cincy be able to come away with yet another upset? It’s possible. After all, three of the four teams playing this weekend were road underdogs in the divisional round.
NFL Playoffs – AFC Championship Game
#4 Cincinnati Bengals (12-7) at #2 Kansas City Chiefs (14-5)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 30
Time: 1:00 p.m. MST
Location: Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri
TV Coverage: CBS
Rams face familiar rival as home favorites in NFC championship
Championship Sunday wraps with the Los Angeles Rams hosting the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC championship game. If they win, they will advance to Super Bowl LVI, which will be held in their home SoFi Stadium. Oddsmakers have the Rams favored with the spread at and the over/under at .
Storylines aboud for this matchup. First, the Rams stand as favorites against a team they lost to twice already this season. In fact, the 49ers won 27-24 in LA during their Week 18 matchup that earned San Francisco a spot in the playoffs. But can the 49ers make it three in a row?
Second, the 49ers look to pull off a road warrior trek to the Super Bowl. They already won two playoff games on the road, one in Dallas and another in Green Bay, and are juggling key injuries. Receiver Deebo Samuel, tight end George Kittle and offensive lineman Trent Williams were all banged up in their win over Green Bay. So it will take a lot for San Francisco to win their third straight road playoff upset.
Third, it is Super Bowl or bust for the Rams. This team has gone all-in to win a championship this season. Over recent years, they have traded away loads of draft picks to add to their roster while acquiring players like Jalen Ramsay, Matthew Stafford, Von Miller, and Odell Beckham Jr. For the Rams, the future is now.
NFL Playoffs – NFC Championship Game
#6 San Francisco 49ers (12-7) at #4 Los Angeles Rams (14-5)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 30
Time: 4:30 p.m. MST
Location: SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, California
TV Coverage: FOX