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After one of the best weekends of football we have ever seen, it is time for the NFL Conference Championship weekend. Paul Higham looks at both games and who will be headed to Super Bowl LVI.

We’ve got two games left to find out who will take part in Super Bowl 56 in Los Angeles, and after last week we can expect two more classics. 

We had four epic contests last weekend that all went down to the very last play, and while that will take some beating this time around, a place in the Super Bowl is at stake. 

So expect the tension and pressure to be at an absolute maximum. 

Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs

Match odds: Bengals 12/5 | Chiefs3/10 

Handicap: Bengals (+7.5pts)4/5 | Chiefs (-6.5pts)20/21 

First up we’ve got a re-match of a wild Week 17 game that the Bengals pinched 34-31 in Cincinnati, which was the moment we thought these young high-flyers could actually be the real deal. 

It’s not been pretty for them in the play-offs but they’ve found ways to win, grabbing a late endzone interception to hang on against the Raiders before picking off Ryan Tannehill and kicking a last-second 52-yarder to beat the top-seeded Titans. 

Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase now have Cincy just a game away from their first Super Bowl in 33 years, but they’ll have to up their game yet again to topple the mighty Chiefs at the imposing Arrowhead, where they’ll become the first team ever to host four consecutive Championship games. 

Kansas City will also be just the fourth team to reach three consecutive Super Bowls if they win, which they’re favourites to do after that incredible overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills last week – which was probably the best play-off game we’ve ever seen. 

And if they’re anything like that again then Cincinnati will be in trouble, as it’s a level above both what they’ve faced and what they’ve produced so far – especially on offence where they’ve scored just three TDs this postseason. 

Rookie kicker Evan McPherson has been perfect when kicking eight field goals, but if we’re seeing a lot of him at Arrowhead then the Bengals will lose comfortably, as Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce just elevate their games in the play-offs. 

Only Tom Brady has beaten Mahomes in his 10 career play-off games, and he’s 7-1 at Arrowhead with 23 TDs and just one interception. Cincy have survived on crucial interceptions but Mahomes isn’t in the mood to give any up this Sunday. 

Burrow survived being sacked nine times against Tennessee but that just won’t do here – he should be able to get plenty of yards and plenty of big throws to Chase, Tee Higgins and even Joe Mixon out of the backfield, but can he keep up with Mahomes if he’s under constant pressure? 

That’s probably a ‘no’ and it may also be a ‘no’ to the prospects of it being quite as good a game as last week, although you can easily see both sides hitting 30 points. The Chiefs are too good though, and they can cement their dynasty status by hitting the Super Bowl for the third straight year. 

Best bet: Chiefs -6.5pts at 4/5 

Touchdowns: Kelce, Hill, Higgins & Mixon TDs with Bet Builder at 14/1 

San Francisco 49ers @ Los Angeles Rams

Match Odds: 49ers 29/20 | Rams 8/15

Handicap: 49ers (+3.5) 17/20 | Rams (-3.5)  10/11

This is the third meeting this season between these two divisional rivals but obviously the biggest by miles, and it’s visiting San Francisco who hold the advantage having won both contests this campaign and in fact the last six meetings in a row. 

They’re still the outsiders here though to make it seven on the spin and return to the Super Bowl for the second time in three years. The Rams have also been recent participants in the big game having appeared just the year before in 2019. 

Both teams lost, and both teams have the same head coach and some of their big pieces – although the Rams have gone all-in this season in sacrificing draft picks to bring in star names like Von Miller and Odell Beckham – who both made their mark in last week’s wild win in Tampa Bay. 

Beating Tom Brady and the defending champions certainly helped with QB Matthew Stafford’s stock, as there are still doubts if he can really do it when it matters. On the other side of the field, Jimmy Garoppolo has similar doubts despite already steering his team to a Super Bowl – for one of these men a win could redefine their career. 

The Rams have home advantage here at So-Fi Stadium, as they will do at the Super Bowl, which is also being hosted in LA, making it possible for them to follow the Bucs as home champions, but they’ll have to somehow figure out the San Francisco problem. 

As six defeats in a row is a serious problem – and they’ve been different types of loses as well, with a Week 17 one in overtime just a few weeks ago being a worry given how Stafford folded late on while Garoppolo led them on a game-winning drive. 

So 6/4 for the away side isn’t a bad price considering they’ve already won in Dallas and in Green Bay in the play-offs – and right here in LA just to make the postseason! 

Both teams put pressure on the QB but both teams also have an X-Factor at receiver with the Rams’ Cooper Kupp being borderline unstoppable this season, while San Francisco’s Deebo Samuel has been just as electric and arguably more so when producing the goods from running back. 

Samuel’s now the best receiver AND best runner on his team, and among the best in the league who proved last week, he can make all the difference. 

So can Kyle Shanahan produce the goods again against Sean McVay or will the more talented Rams finally get it done? They’re the better side, but they wobbled in Tampa Bay and crumbled at home against these Niners recently – and San Francisco have proved that in tight games, they don’t flinch.  

Watch out for Tyler Higbee and Jauan Jennings who both scored two TDs in the last meeting, which may end up being pretty similar to how this game turns out.

Best bet: San Francisco 49ers to win at 29/20

Bet Builder: Kupp 100+ yards & TD, Samuel 50 rush yards & Jennings TD at 21/1 

Super Bowl double: Chiefs and 49ers both to win their Championship games is 9/4

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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