The Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs this past weekend was an over bettor’s fantasy. All four games played over the total - on the opening and closing lines and everything in between - in what was the highest scoring round of the postseason in NFL history according to ESPN Stats and Info.
When put together, the four over/under closing lines added up to 185.5 points, meaning each game went over the total by an average of more than three touchdowns (22.6 points per game). Saturday’s Green Bay-San Francisco showdown flew over the total by the widest margin at 31 points while Sunday’s Seattle-Atlanta game breezed over by 12 points, the lowest differential of the weekend.
You're probably not alone if your head is spinning a bit. Just one week ago, all four games in the Wild Card round played under the total by a combined 42 points against the closing line or an average of 10.5 points per game. None of those four games saw more than 38 points scored and none were within more than seven points of the over/under.
Bettors are now seeing the highest total of the playoffs for Conference Championship weekend where the over/under opened at 51 for the Ravens-Patriots matchup. The total of 48 for the 49ers-Falcons is the third-highest in the playoffs so far.