NFL Odds: Conference title games in Denver, Seattle

The NFL betting slate will offer up a pair of marquee matchups on conference championship weekend as the Denver Broncos play host to the New England Patriots in Sunday's early game while the Seattle Seahawks get a visit from the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday's late contest.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos opened as 5.5-point home favorites on the NFL betting lines for the AFC Championship Game against Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday, with Denver holding on for a 24-17 win over San Diego in the divisional round of the playoffs over the weekend.

Manning went 25 of 36 for 230 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Broncos in their win over the Chargers, with Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker hauling in the TD receptions in the contest. Knowshon Moreno rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on the day.

The Patriots blasted the Colts 43-22 at home in their divisional round matchup, as Brady went 13 of 25 for 198 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. LeGarrette Blount did most of the damage for New England, with 166 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while Stevan Ridley ran for 52 yards and two scores.

New England topped Denver 34-31 as a 2-point home underdog in their November 2013 matchup, making the Patriots 4-0 both SU and ATS in the last four games between the two teams. Each of those four matchups turned out to be OVER results for totals bettors on the NFL odds.

The NFC Championship Game will then be San Francisco at Seattle, with the Seahawks opening as 3.5-point home favorites on the NFL betting lines for the matchup with their division rival.

Seattle got past New Orleans 23-15 in their divisional round game on the weekend, despite Russell Wilson going just 9 of 18 for 103 yards passing with no TDs and no INTs in the contest. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns in that game for the Seahawks, with Steven Hauschka booting three field goals.

The Niners grabbed a 23-10 win over the Panthers on the weekend to advance to face the Seahawks, as Colin Kaepernick passed for 196 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 15 yards and a score. Phil Dawson kicked three field goals for San Francisco in that victory.

San Francisco and Seattle split their two meetings this season with one home victory apiece, although the Seahawks won both of those matchups ATS; Seattle picked up a 29-3 home victory as a 3-point favorite, and fell 19-17 on the road as a 2.5-point underdog. Both of those games were UNDER results for totals bettors on the NFL odds.

Kickoff for the 49ers vs. Seahawks matchup on Sunday is set for 6:30pm ET, with the Patriots vs. Broncos contest getting underway at 3:00pm ET. The winners of Sunday's games will then meet in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2.


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