2024 NFL Playoffs: AFC, NFC Championships time, odds, TV, streaming, predictions for conference finals

Similarly, the NFL playoffs are down to four teams. Super Bowl LVIII is just around the corner, which will be broadcast by CBS, Nickelodeon and Paramount+ on February 11, and only the conference championships are left before the final showdown.

Now that this weekend’s action is officially in the books with the 49ers avoiding the Packers, the Ravens getting past the Texans and the Chiefs and Lions After winning on Sunday, it’s time to keep an eye on the AFC and NFC Championship Games, which will determine this year’s Super Bowl matchups. Below you’ll find all the details on how to tune in, as well as starting odds, key notes and game predictions:

AFC Championship

chief of ravens

date: Sunday, January 28 Time: 3 PM ET
TV: CBS | Stream: paramount+
Opening possibilities: Ravens -3.5

Matchup: Call it a heavyweight showdown. The Ravens are making their 11th playoff appearance in 16 years under coach John Harbaugh, a trip to the AFC’s top seed and quarterback Lamar Jackson’s second MVP bid in four seasons. Meanwhile, the Chiefs advance to their sixth consecutive conference title game, aiming for a fourth Super Bowl bid in six years.

Talent: Baltimore is as complete as they come, with Lamar Jackson adding improved passing efficiency to an already electric rushing game under center. Their weapons are agile and fast, but their defensive support is more impressive, courtesy of a Roquan Smith-led unit that allowed the fewest points of any team in 2023. The Chiefs still have one of the game’s most clutch QBs in Patrick Mahomes, along with being physical. The pairing of ball-carrier Isiah Pacheco and safety valve Travis Kelce. What’s more, they have one of the best defenses of the Andy Reid era, with Chris Jones, L’Jarius Sneed and Justin Reed leading the stingy unit.

Travel: The Ravens went 13–4 to clinch the AFC North – and the AFC’s No. 1 seed – for the first time since 2019, then defeated the up-and-coming Texans 34–10 in the divisional round. The Chiefs finished 11–6, their worst in six years, but defeated the Dolphins 26–7 in the wild-card round, before defeating the Bills 27–24 in Mahomes’ first road playoff game.

Initial prediction: There will be plenty of fans headed to Baltimore to see someone other than the Chiefs battle for the Lombardi Trophy, and the Ravens defense certainly has the tools to keep things strong. But even with Lamar Jackson, Baltimore was uneven with the ball to begin its game against Houston, and KC’s “D” has been far more stingy under Steve Spagnuolo. Jackson rivals Mahomes in playmaking, but like Tom Brady, No. 15 can’t be ignored. choose: Chiefs 24, Ravens 20

nfc championship

lions on 49ers

date: Sunday, January 28 Time: 6:30 pm ET
TV: Fox | Stream: fubo
Opening possibilities: 49ers -7

Matchup: At least historically, it’s top dog versus underdog. The 49ers have been an NFC powerhouse under Kyle Shanahan, heading to their fourth conference title game in the last five years. Meanwhile, the Lions are making their first multi-game playoff run since 1991, while also seeking their first Super Bowl appearance.

Talent: Both the 49ers and Lions have been well-balanced in 2023, and are entering the playoffs with the NFL’s No. 2- and No. 3-ranked offenses, respectively. San Francisco has two MVP candidates in second-year quarterback Brock Purdy and star running back Christian McCaffrey, while also boasting an opportunistic All-Star defense led by All-Pros Fred Warner and Charvarius Ward. Detroit has leaned equally on both the run and play-action, with Jared Goff enjoying a career renaissance as a point guard for an attack featuring play-makers like Jahmir Gibbs and Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Travel: The 49ers went 12-5 this year to secure the NFC’s No. 1 seed, then survived a comeback attempt by the upstart Packers in a 24-21 divisional round win. The Lions went 12–5 to win the NFC North for the first time since 1993, then swept the Rams in a 24–23 wild-card win and defeated the Buccaneers 31–23 to advance to the conference championship.

Initial prediction: Detroit is a nice story, living up to the preseason hype as a tough warrior, and if Goff gets run support while feeding St. Louis early and often, the Lions are capable of pulling off an upset. But Goff has also been significantly less effective on the road than at home, and the 49ers take advantage of defensive opportunities. While Purdy and Shanahan proved weak in decision making against the Packers, the better talent is the safer bet. choose: 49ers 27, Lions 23

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