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NFL Conf. Championships Betting Trends

The New England Patriots are bucking several trends/angles being a road favorite against Denver in the AFC Championship Game.

Away teams have lost 10 of 14 times in the conference championship games during the last seven years. The Patriots are 1-5 against the spread (ATS) during their last six road matchups, losing straight-up to the New York Jets and Miami in their last two. New England also is 1-5 ATS during its last six conference championship finals.

Denver has won 15 of its past 18 home games, including nipping the Patriots, 30-24 in overtime, as a 2.5-point underdog on November 29. The only other instance this season of the Broncos getting points at Sports Authority Field was on November 1 against Green Bay. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 29-10, as 2.5-point 'dogs.

It should be noted, too, the under is 7-2-1 in Denver's last 10 home contests. The Broncos have been less than stellar in the playoffs posting a 1-5-1 ATS mark.

Conflicting Trends for Cards vs Panthers

There are some conflicting trends/angles in the Arizona-Carolina NFC title game. The Panthers are three-point home favorites. The Cardinals have won straight-up the last six times they were 'dogs of three points or less.

Arizona failed to cover as seven-point home favorites versus Green Bay this past Saturday night. The Cardinals have gone 15-5 for 75 percent ATS in their next game following a non-cover.

However, the Cardinals also are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against opponents with a winning record. The Panthers have a number of trends/angles in their favor such as 12 consecutive home victories going 8-4 ATS in those games, including 7-2 ATS at home this season. The Panthers have covered the number in 10 of their last 14 games.

The Panthers are 18-7-1 ATS during their past 26 games at Bank of America Stadium. The over has cashed in 12 of Carolina's last 15 NFC matchups. This is offset by the Cardinals going under the total in six of their last seven NFC games. The under also is 5-1 the past six times the Cardinals have played on grass.