The first of two conference championships is set for Super Bowl LVII with the remaining five teams in the hunt to win the Lombardi Trophy. In the AFC, it’s the Cincinnati Bengals against the Kansas City Chiefs, while the NFC Championship will feature the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the winner of the Dallas Cowboys-San Francisco 49ers matchup.
Here are the opening lines and nuggets for the AFC.
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs (-1, 47.5) (KC -2.5 opened)
Sunday, 6:30 pm ET, GEHA Field Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
If Kansas City remains the favorite, the team and Patrick Mahomes will extend the Super Bowl era record for consecutive playoff appearances.
It would be 15 straight for Casey and 13 straight for Mahomes. If Kansas City advances to the title game and is favored again, it would give Mahomes twice as many postseason streaks as any other QB to start his career in the Super Bowl era.
Joe Burrow has covered nine straight games as an underdog, including going 5-0 ATS as a playoff underdog.
Seventh conference champ rematch from previous season
Kansas City: Fifth straight year hosting conference champ (longest streak in NFL history)
Joe Burrow: 3-0 vs. Patrick Mahomes, including playoffs (QB beat him three times in a row, looking for Brady to win overall against Mahomes)
Cincinnati: Looking to become just the second team to beat the same opponent on the road in two consecutive postseasons (Washington, 1986-87, won at Chicago both years)