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Winners Club: Eagles and Bengals Favored to Win Their Respective Conferences – Sports Illustrated
January 25, 2023
And then there were four. The way the divisional round unfolded, you get a feeling the best four teams are still standing with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line Sunday.
The Chiefs, Bengals and 49ers were all on this stage last year, but only Cincinnati advanced. And the Eagles are the newcomers, playing in the NFC Championship for the first time since the 2017 season.
Keep reading to ready yourself for the conference championships.
In today’s Winners Club you’ll find:
Philadelphia and Cincinnati Favored to Meet in Super Bowl LVII
Just like wild-card weekend, there were a few blowouts in the divisional round and a few close contests.
The Eagles stomped the Giants, 38-7, defeating their division rival for the third time this season with a dominant ground game and defensive effort. The Bengals upset the Bills on the road, 27-10, in the snow and ran the ball well despite injuries along their offensive line. The Chiefs got past the Jaguars, 27-20, but Patrick Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain. And the 49ers beat the Cowboys, 19-12, and the final play was one for the books.
So the conference championship matchups are set with the Bengals going to Kansas City to play the Chiefs and the 49ers traveling across the country to Philadelphia to face the Eagles.
The Chiefs were originally favored in the AFC Championship game but the line flipped in favor of Cincinnati.
Below you can find overviews of both games, complete with odds and a few game notes, as well as Super Bowl odds via SI Sportsbook. Check back on si.com/betting and read Friday’s newsletter for more detailed breakdowns and betting picks from our staff.
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