The Divisional Round is over and just four teams remain to compete for the Super Bowl following a weekend full of games that more than lived up to the hype. The Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals all won their games on last-second field goals, but all three photo-finishes paled in comparison to the Kansas City Chiefs’ miraculous win over the Buffalo Bills that capped off the weekend. The Bills took a three-point lead with just 13 seconds on the clock after a Josh Allen go-ahead touchdown pass, but Patrick Mahomes drove the Chiefs down the field in just two plays to set up a game-tying field goal. From there, the Chiefs won the overtime coin toss and scored a touchdown on their first drive, keeping their Super Bowl hopes alive for at least another week. The Chiefs will host the Bengals in the AFC Championship while the Rams will host the 49ers on the NFC side.
Both upcoming games are scheduled for Jan. 30 as Conference Championship Sunday begins with the AFC game between the Chiefs and Bengals. The Chiefs opened as seven-point favorites and the line has mostly stayed in place, while the total has fluctuated at around 53-54 points. Joe Burrow led the Bengals to a Divisional Round win over the Tennessee Titans but the Bengals are still just +800 to win the Super Bowl despite only needing two more wins. For the NFC, the Rams opened with a spread of -3.5 and the number hasn’t budged in the early part of the week. The total opened at 47 and fell to 46, and it could have something to do with the injuries that both teams are dealing with on their offensive lines. Additionally, 49ers’ star receiver Deebo Samuel hurt his ankle in the Divisional Round win over the Green Bay Packers and while he’s expected to play, it’s possible that concerns around that situation have played a role in the total’s downward movement. The 49ers are currently +450 to win the Super Bowl while the Rams are +200 and the Chiefs are favored at +120.
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The 2021 NFL regular season will have 18 weeks, with each team playing 17 games and having one bye week.
The Super Bowl for the 2021 season will be at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, February 13th, 2022. It is the home stadium for both the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the 2020 Super Bowl, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.
14 teams will make the 2021 playoffs; seven from each conference. The #1 seed in each conference gets a bye, and the teams are reseeded within each conference after each round.
The 2021 NFL trade deadline is set for Tuesday November 2, which follows Week 8 of the NFL season.