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NFL odds: Titans-Chiefs and Packers-49ers spread, moneyline for Championship Sunday

NFL odds: Titans-Chiefs and Packers-49ers spread, moneyline for Championship Sunday

The matchups are set for championship Sunday in the NFL playoffs, and it's an exciting time for sports bettors.

This past weekend's Divisional Round games were full of twists and turns, particularly the Kansas City Chiefs overcoming a 24-0 first-half deficit to beat the Houston Texans 51-31. It was one of the craziest rollercoasters for sports bettors. People who wagered on the Texans were feeling pretty good early in the second quarter, but those warm feelings quickly disappeared as Houston not only lost outright, but also failed to cover a large 10-point spread.

Three of the four Divisional Round matchup had betting lines of seven or more points, and both games Sunday also have spreads of a touchdown or higher. 

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The Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium as 7.5-point favorites. The Titans have rewarded bettors nicely through two postseason games. They were 5.5-point underdogs against the Patriots and 10-point underdogs versus the Ravens, easily covering both times. 

Kansas City's offense, led by superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, looks unstoppable. The Chiefs scored a touchdown on eight consecutive drives versus the Texans, which set a playoff record. Tennessee's own offense is quite formidable, too.

Running back Derrick Henry led the league in rushing yards during the regular season, and he's stepped up his performance another few notches with 377 rushing yards and a touchdown in road playoff wins over the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. The best way to beat the high-scoring Chiefs offense is to control the clock by running the ball effectively, thus keeping Mahomes off the field as much as possible. The Patriots used this strategy to great effect in last season's AFC title game, and the Titans are well-equipped to do the same.

Here are the latest betting odds for the conference championships, via the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

AFC Championship (3:05 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs

Spread: Chiefs -7.5
Moneyline: Chiefs -350, Titans +290
Total: 52

NFC Championship (6:30 p.m. ET at Levis Stadium)
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
Spread
: 49ers -7
Moneyline: 49ers -290, Packers +230
Total: 45

Curran: For Brady and the Patriots, there's no easy way out

Steelers star has the least surprising take on Tom Brady's free agency

Steelers star has the least surprising take on Tom Brady's free agency

Ask anyone associated with the New England Patriots, and they'll tell you Tom Brady should stay put.

Ask any Patriots opponent, and they'll tell you Brady should leave -- and never come back.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand" from Radio Row in Miami on Wednesday and was asked where he thinks Brady may sign in free agency this offseason.

His answer shouldn't surprise you.

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"I hope not with New England anymore," Heyward said. " ... Let the NFC deal with him for a while. That'd be nice. He's terrorized the AFC enough."

Heyward would know. Brady's Patriots trounced his Steelers 33-3 in Week 1 of the 2019 season and have beaten Pittsburgh in six of their last seven meetings, including playoffs.

New England also has reached the Super Bowl in four of the previous six seasons and made the AFC Championship Game in eight of the last nine seasons, annually crushing the postseason dreams of AFC rivals like the Steelers, who won 10 or more games in four straight seasons from 2014 to 2017 but never reached the Super Bowl in that span.

So, you can see why Heyward (and Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu) would appreciate Brady getting out of his hair.

Unfortunately for the AFC, that doesn't look likely: The Patriots are the odds-on favorite to re-sign the 42-year-old QB in free agency, followed by three AFC teams: the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

But Heyward still appreciates Brady's greatness, even if the 20-year veteran doesn't grant his wish.

"I think he understands the game at a different level," Heyward said of Brady. He knows when to hit you with pace. He knows when to make you feel uncomfortable, and he's gonna exploit you."

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Roger Goodell gives latest update on Patriots videotaping investigation

Roger Goodell gives latest update on Patriots videotaping investigation

The NFL's investigation of the New England Patriots remains ongoing.

The league launched an investigation into the Patriots in December after they videotaped the Bengals' sideline during Cincinnati's Week 14 road game against the Browns in Cleveland.

League commissioner Roger Goodell was asked Wednesday at his Super Bowl LIV press conference in Miami for a status on the process and why it's taken so long. Goodell provided a brief update and pushed back on the notion that it's taken too long for the investigation to complete (H/T to ESPN's Mike Reiss for transcribing).

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Question: On the videotaping incident with the Bengals, what is the status of the investigation? When do you expect it to be complete? Why is it taking so long? You have the video, the Patriots admitted wrongdoing, shouldn't it be relatively open and shut?

Goodell: "The answer to that (last) question is 'No.' It shouldn't, because our responsibility is to make sure we're being extremely thorough. We have a responsibility to 31 other clubs, we have a responsibility to partners, we have a responsibility to fans to understand all of what happened, and make sure that something that we don't know happened didn't happen. 

"And so, from our standpoint, we want to make sure we're being thorough. Our team has been on it. We have been focused on this. I think it has not been that lengthy of time. We have obviously put the focus on it, but we're going to get it right. When we come to a conclusion, we'll certainly make sure people are aware of it."

The Patriots issued a statement after the incident occurred that said the video crew was sent to Cleveland to collect footage for a team website series titled "Do Your Job." New England admitted the video crew "inappropriately filmed the field" from its spot in the Cleveland press box.

Part of the footage captured by the video crew was shown exclusively on FOX Sports' NFL pregame show on Dec. 15 before the Patriots beat the Bengals 34-13 to clinch a playoff spot.

There is still no timetable for when the investigation will be completed. Goodell did not provide one Wednesday, so it looks like this matter won't be resolved until some time in the offseason.

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