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NFL Playoff Viewing Guide: NFC, AFC Championship Game Times, Schedule, Odds

NFL Playoff Viewing Guide: NFC, AFC Championship Game Times, Schedule, Odds

The NFL postseason is down to the final four.

After a thrilling weekend of Divisional Round action, only the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs remain in contention for the Lombardi Trophy.

The Ravens will host the Chiefs in Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game to kick off Sunday’s two-game slate. Then the 49ers will take on the Lions in Santa Clara, California, in the NFC Championship Game to see which team fills the final Super Bowl spot. For any fans trying to get ready for the biggest football day of the year thus far, here’s what to know going into the weekend.

Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes, #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs, on Sunday leads his team against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Mahomes and the Chiefs are making their sixth consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance.
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How to Watch Ravens-Chiefs AFC Championship Game

Patrick Mahomes and the No. 3 seed Chiefs, with a shirtless Jason Kelce in attendance, survived a 27-24 Divisional Round classic on the road against the Buffalo Bills to advance to their sixth consecutive AFC Championship Game. And waiting for them is the top-seeded Ravens.

Baltimore, making its first conference title game appearance since the 2012 season, is fresh off of dominating the Houston Texans in the second half of a 34-10 win. Now its top-ranked defense gets a shot at shutting down Mahomes and company. And speaking of elite signal-callers, this is the closest Lamar Jackson, a soon-to-be two-time MVP, has ever come to a Super Bowl trip. All that stands in his way of claiming the Lamar Hunt Trophy awarded to the AFC champs is Mahomes, already a two-time MVP, and a Chiefs squad seeking its fourth Super Bowl Sunday in the last five seasons.

Here’s how to watch the game:

When: Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m. ET.

Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.

TV channel: CBS.

Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Tony Romo (analyst).

How to Watch 49ers-Lions NFC Championship Game

The top-seeded 49ers finally overcame a fourth-quarter deficit and held off the Green Bay Packers 24-21 to secure their third consecutive NFC Championship Game and fourth in the past five seasons. Their next opponent? Well, they are in less familiar territory.

The No. 3 seed Lions are making just their second-ever conference championship game appearance after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 over the weekend. A win would send Detroit to its first-ever Super Bowl and put the franchise in contention for its first championship since 1957. Yes, 1957. Can former No. 1 pick Jared Goff and the Lions keep their rare playoff success going against former “Mr. Irrelevant” Brock Purdy and the 49ers?

Tune in to find out:

When: Sunday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

TV channel: Fox.

Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play) and Greg Olsen (analyst).

AFC, NFC Championship Game Betting Odds

The top-seeded Ravens and 49ers are naturally favored to advance to the Super Bowl. San Francisco opened as a 6.5-point betting favorite over Detroit at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the initial Over/Under set at 50.5 points. Baltimore starts the week with a three-point betting edge over Kansas City. The game’s Over/Under has been set at 46 points.

How Much Are AFC, NFC Championship Game Tickets?

Fans hoping to attend either of this weekend’s games should prepare to part with some serious cash. The cheapest get-in price for the AFC Championship Game in Baltimore is $559 as of Monday afternoon, according to TickPick, which tracks ticket information for various sporting events. The average ticket price for the game is hanging around $2,337.

On the NFC side, the cheapest get-in price to see the 49ers play the Lions in Santa Clara is $699, per TickPick. The average ticket price is $2,215.

When Is the Super Bowl?

The winners of Sunday’s conference championship games will meet in Super Bowl LVIII on February 11. This year’s big game will be played inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and air on CBS. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Who Is Favored to Win the Super Bowl?

The 49ers have maintained their status as Super Bowl betting favorites at DraftKings throughout the playoffs, and that’s no different heading into championship weekend. San Francisco has +145 odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this postseason, per DraftKings on Monday, putting them ahead of the Ravens (+190) and the underdog Chiefs (+380) and Lions (+750).

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