Chiefs, 49ers clear favourites on conference championship odds

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates in the final moments of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

The Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to clinch their first Super Bowl berth in 50 years when they take on the surprising Tennessee Titans in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game as 7.5-point home favourites on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Kansas City advanced to the conference championship game for a second straight year with a 51-31 comeback victory over Houston on the weekend, and now rides a seven-game SU win streak into Sunday afternoon’s matchup at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs overcame an early 24-0 deficit on their way to victory as 10-point home chalk, which also extended the team’s current against the spread win streak to seven games. With victories by double-digit margins in each of its past four contests, Kansas City is now set as a +135 favourite on the Super Bowl odds, edging out San Francisco, which trails at +165.

However, the Chiefs must now contend with a Titans team that has risen to the occasion in the role of giant slayers in this year’s postseason. Tennessee kicked off its Cinderella run with a 20-13 victory over the defending champion New England Patriots, and followed up on Saturday with a 28-12 win over the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens.

Led by rusher Derrick Henry, who has marched for 377 rushing yards in the team’s two playoff wins, the Titans have now claimed outright victories in three of their past four as underdogs at sports betting sites. That run started with a surprising 35-32 victory over the Chiefs as 5.5-point underdogs back in Week 10.

Elsewhere on the Sunday NFL odds, the San Francisco 49ers make their return to the NFC Championship Game for the first time in six years when they host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night as 7.5-point home favourites.

The 49ers played stifling defense in Saturday’s 27-10 rout of Minnesota, limiting the Vikings to a meagre 147 total yards, and negative yardage on a pair of crucial second-half drives. San Francisco’s impressive defensive performance marks a turnaround from their past two home dates, in which they surrendered an average of 30 points per game, and marks the first time in their past five outings that the UNDER has prevailed in totals betting.

The Packers aim to end a three-game losing streak in the NFC title game after outlasting the Seattle Seahawks in a 28-23 victory on Sunday night. Green Bay now rides a six-game SU win streak, but dropped a 37-8 decision in a Week 12 visit to San Francisco and joins the Titans as a +650 wager on the Super Bowl odds.

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