2021 NFC Championship Betting - NFL Odds

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.

Super Bowl Odds (Jan 22)

Buffalo Bills +349 Green Bay Packers +203
Kansas City Chiefs +194 Tampa Bay Buccaneers +405

NFC Championship Betting Odds

Green Bay Packers -3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3

Total 51.5

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 Divisions

NFC East Betting

The NFC East has a ton of history, but the teams from this division have largely underwhelmed over the last decade. The winner of this division went 9-7 or 10-6 for seven of the last ten seasons, and six division winners were immediately one and done in the playoffs. However, both the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles are seen as potential Super Bowl contenders this year, so there is a good chance we see one of those two teams make a deep run in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Giants and Redskins are both teams that are still building for the future and aren’t expected to contend in 2020. Read more

NFC North Betting

Green Bay and Minnesota are seen as the teams to beat in the NFC North coming into the 2020 season, but none of the teams are considered real longshots according to the NFL futures odds. Even the lowly Detroit Lions are considered to have an outside shot at winning the division, making the NFC North one of the most competitive in the league. Unfortunately, no NFC North division winner has gone on to win the Super Bowl as the only team to win it all since the division was founded in 2002 was when Green Bay won Super Bowl XLV as a wild card team. Read more

NFC South Betting

The big story of the offseason is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady will bring his six Super Bowl rings to Tampa Bay in arguably the biggest free agency acquisition in league history. Brady is out to lead the Bucs to the postseason for the first time since 2007, and his signing led to this team’s NFL futures odds being halved across the board. The New Orleans Saints won’t be easy to topple though, as Drew Brees has led this team to 13 wins in consecutive seasons. Read more

NFC West Betting

This division was the best in the NFL last year. Teams from the NFC West combined to go 38-25-1, and a Week 17 game between Seattle and San Francisco determined the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The 49ers won that game and were dominant in the playoffs until the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV. Kyle Shanahan’s demons came back to haunt him as one of his teams blew a double-digit lead in the final 15 minutes of the Super Bowl for the second time in four years, and the 49ers are out to make amends as the slight odds-on favorites this season. Read more

NFC Winners (2000)

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

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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