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2021 NFC Championship Betting

NFC Championship Betting

There is no clear-cut favorite in the NFC. This conference has been far more wide open than the AFC over the last two decades, and that will make it difficult for San Francisco to repeat as champion. There are five teams that have odds of 10-1 or less to win this conference, and only the NFC North is seen as lacking a true Super Bowl contender.

No team’s NFL futures odds have shifted more than Tampa Bay’s during the offseason. The Buccaneers immediately became Super Bowl contenders with the addition of Tom Brady, and this franchise may be primed to break a 13-year playoff drought. They have since added Rob Gronkowski, making this passing game among the most formidable in the league if Brady still has it.

NFC Championship Futures Odds

San Francisco 49ers +440

New Orleans Saints +515

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +620

Dallas Cowboys +700

Seattle Seahawks +775

Minnesota Vikings +1000

Philadelphia Eagles +1350

Los Angeles Rams +1750

Green Bay Packers +1950

Arizona Cardinals +2150

Atlanta Falcons +2150

Detroit Lions +3000

Chicago Bears +3300

New York Giants +6000

Carolina Panthers +7500

Washington Redskins +8000

The 49ers are primed to be a player again in 2020. San Francisco lost DeForest Buckner and Emmanuel Sanders, but the rest of last year’s squad essentially returns intact. John Lynch used his two first-round picks on Javon Kinlaw and Brandon Aiyuk to replace those two players, and Kyle Shanahan is hoping Jimmy Garoppolo can take another step forward this year.

New Orleans is in a very similar spot to Tampa Bay. The Saints are led by a Hall of Fame quarterback that is over the hill, but Drew Brees and Sean Payton have gotten it done for almost a decade and a half. This team has won 13 games in each of the last two seasons, and New Orleans has some real talent around Brees. It will be tough to beat the Saints if they get home field advantage.

There is a general lack of faith in Green Bay. The Packers won 13 games and made it to the NFC Championship Game last year, but their humiliating loss to the 49ers cast a pall over this franchise. Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur aren’t on the best of terms after Jordan Love was selected in the first round, so bettors are backing off the Pack.

NFC Winners (2000)

YEAR WINNER
2019 San Francisco 49ers
2018 Los Angeles Rams
2017 Philadelphia Eagles
2016 Atlanta Falcons
2015 Carolina Panthers
2014 Seattle Seahawks
2013 Seattle Seahawks
2012 San Francisco 49ers
2011 New York Giants
2010 Green Bay Packers
2009 New Orleans Saints
2008 Arizona Cardinals
2007 New York Giants
2006 Chicago Bears
2005 Seattle Seahawks
2004 Philadelphia Eagles
2003 Carolina Panthers
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2001 St. Louis Rams
2000 New York Giants

In the early days of the NFC, it looked like the Cowboys and Vikings were going to win every title. Dallas won the first two NFC Championships, while a Washington title over Dallas in 1972 became the only crown not won by the Cowboys or Vikings until the Rams captured the league title in 1979.

Fortunately, other franchises have gotten in on the action. San Francisco played in six NFC Championship Games from 1981 to 1990, winning four of those games and going on to win the Super Bowl each time. The Cowboys had a brief run in the 1990s with three NFC titles in four seasons, and they ended up claiming the Lombardi Trophy in each of those years too.

There has been a lot of parity in this conference in the 21st Century. Seattle is the only team to win consecutive NFC Championships, and five franchises won their first conference championships during the 2000s.

NFC Championship Results by Team

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dallas Cowboys 8
San Francisco 49ers 7
New York Giants 5
Washington Redskins 5
Los Angeles Rams 4
Philadelphia Eagles 3
Seattle Seahawks 3
Green Bay Packers 3
Minnesota Vikings 3
Atlanta Falcons 2
Chicago Bears 2
Carolina Panthers 2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1
New Orleans Saints 1
Arizona Cardinals 1

Pity the poor Detroit Lions. They're the only team that has never won or even hosted an NFC Championship Game. Ironically, the Lions and the Redskins played in the NFC Championship Game in 1991, and neither team has reached those heights since that point. Those two teams have gone the longest without appearing in this game, and that was Detroit’s lone appearance on that stage.

It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since the Cowboys played in an NFC Championship Game, yet their eight titles are still the most in the conference. Their runs in the 1970s and 1990s led to this franchise running away from the pack, but San Francisco is closing in. The 49ers have made the most NFC Championship Game appearances with 16 trips, while the Cowboys have made 14, and the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams have made 10.

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