The New England Patriots are home favorites on the NFL betting lines for the AFC Championship Game this weekend, but to advance to the Super Bowl they'll have to get past one of the teams that has beaten them already this season.
Tom Brady and the Patriots will host Ray Lewis' Ravens in Sunday's AFC title game, and New England lost 31-30 in Baltimore back on September 23 as a 2.5-point road underdog. Brady went 28 of 41 for 335 passing yards with one TD in that loss for New England, while Joe Flacco was 28 of 39 for 382 yards with three TDs for Baltimore.
The Patriots trounced the Texans 41-28 as a 9.5-point favorite on the NFL betting lines at 5Dimes over the weekend, while the Ravens are coming off a 38-35 double-overtime victory against Peyton Manning and the Broncos as 9-point road underdogs.
Kickoff for the AFC Championship Game in New England is set for 6:30pm ET on Sunday, with the San Francisco 49ers playing on the road against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game starting at 3:00pm ET on Sunday.
The Falcons blew a 20-point lead against the Seahawks in their playoff matchup over the weekend but got a late field goal from Matt Bryant in a 30-28 win as a 2.5-point favorite for their supporters on the NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks.
San Francisco is coming off a 45-31 win over Green Bay on the weekend in which quarterback Colin Kaepernick exploded for 263 passing yards, 181 rushing yards, and a combined four touchdowns. The Niners managed to cover a spread of 3 points a home against the Packers in that contest.
Conference Championship Opening NFL Betting Lines (from 5Dimes)
Sun - San Francisco at Atlanta (+3) (3:00pm ET)
Sun - Baltimore at New England (-10) (6:30pm ET)
Conference Championship NFL Betting Trends and Notes
San Francisco at Atlanta - Matchup Report
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco's last 5 games
Atlanta is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
Baltimore at New England - Matchup Report
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore's last 7 games on the road against New England
New England is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games