NFL Conference Championship betting cheat sheet

Check out our NFL poolies' cheat sheet for all your football wagering needs in condensed form. Quick-hitting betting notes on all of this weekend’s playoff action.

San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons (4, 48.5)

Versatile quarterbacks have given the Falcons nightmares this season. Carolina's Cam Newton threw for 502 yards with four TDs while rushing for 202 and two scores in two games against them in 2012. In last Sunday's 30-28 win over Seattle, Seahawks rookie signal-caller Russell Wilson passed for 385 yards with two TDs while running for 60 and a score on seven carries. Niners QB Colin Kaepernick rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards last week with a pair of touchdowns and overcame an early interception returned for a TD by throwing for 263 with two scores. Atlanta defensive end John Abraham, who will be one of the keys to keeping Kaepernick in the pocket, tweaked his ankle against the Seahawks and is listed as questionable for this week, though the Falcons expect him to play. The Falcons are 0-5 ATS in their last five playoff games.

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-8, 51.5)

The AFC championship will feature the same teams from the year before for the first time in 25 years when the Patriots host the Ravens. The last three matchups have been decided by a total of seven points, including the Ravens' 31-30 victory in Baltimore in Week 3. Ravens QB Joe Flacco has been sensational in the two playoff victories, throwing for 613 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Flacco's the only QB in league history to reach the playoffs in each of his first five seasons and has torched the Patriots for 973 yards with seven TDs vs. two interceptions in the last three games. New England amassed a league-high 557 points during the regular season and had its sixth 40-point game last week. Tight end Rob Gronkowski re-injured his broken forearm early in last week's victory, depriving Brady of a target that has accounted for 38 touchdowns in his first 43 NFL games. The Patriots are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 playoff games and the underdog is 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings.

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Posted by Michael_T
1 year ago

On paper this game should be over by halftime. However, many of us know that after a QB has such a phenomenal game like Kaepernick did lack week they frequently have an unspectacular game the next time out -- especially on the road. The analysts say Atlanta doesn't tackle very well. That could suggest a huge margin of victory for the 49ers much like Alabama vs. Notre Dame. Good luck everybody.
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Posted by kevinbels
1 year ago

Lets all view the Ray Lewis retirement party tonight at 630!
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Posted by unowon
1 year ago

take the niners and ravens (with the pts) and parlay this for some xtra cash to spend on the superbowl
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Posted by artdb
1 year ago

Much value with Atl plus 4 pts / same with Balt !!!
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Posted by artdb
1 year ago

"Much value with Atl plus 4 pts / same with Balt !!!"