Huddle Up for the Weekend 2024 NFL Playoffs Scenarios
We’re Down to the Final Four!
We’re sprinting towards the finish line of the 2024 NFL playoffs with only four teams left standing in the NFL playoff bracket. This upcoming Sunday, the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC) are bringing their A-game for a coveted spot in Super Bowl LVIII! You can check out the ongoing NFL playoff bracket status here, at PointSpreads.
Recap: Top Seeds Took Charge Last Weekend
Last weekend, the Baltimore Ravens, the top dogs of the AFC, bulldozed over the Houston Texans with a smashing 34-10 victory. Meanwhile, in the National Football Conference games, the leading San Francisco 49ers clinched a win against the Green Bay Packers, ending on a high note with a 24-21 score in games that were statements.
A Rivalry Renewed and a Fresh Face Emerges
NFL power rankings: The Kansas City Chiefs, seasoned playoff pros, outmaneuvered the Buffalo Bills in a thrilling 27-24 victory, securing their spot in the AFC championship. On the other side, the NFC’s dark horse, the Detroit Lions, roared past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a score of 31-23. It’s a historic moment for the Lions, marking their first conference championship appearance since the early ’90s.
NFL Playoff Odds
In Super Bowl odds for the AFC, the Ravens are favored to win over the Chiefs, with a spread of (-3.5). Over in the NFC, the 49ers are leading the charge with a (-7) spread against the Lions. (Remember the odds are subject to change as the Super Bowl draws closer!)
More Super Bowl Odds Details:
|Ravens (-200); Chiefs (+165)
|49ers (-300); Lions(+240)
The Action Is ON: Where and When
Don’t miss a second of the action! The AFC and NFC championship games are lined up for Sunday, January 28. The Ravens and Chiefs face off at 3 p.m. ET, and the Lions take on the 49ers at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tune in and witness history in the making, in the countdown to Super Bowl 2024.
What Is the NFL Playoff Bracket?
The NFL Playoff bracket isn’t your typical bracket-style format that you may see in other sports like soccer or college basketball. Each side of the bracket represents the two conferences; the AFC and the NFC. Seven NFL teams from each conference make the NFL Playoff bracket.
After the Wild Card Round, teams are reseeded for the next round of the NFL Playoff schedule. The team that received the first-round bye plays the lowest remaining seed in the Divisional Round.
The Divisional Round dwindles the field down to two teams remaining per conference. Those teams play each other the following weekend in the Conference Championship with the winners advancing to the Super Bowl.
NFL Playoff Format
How Are They Used?
The NFL playoff picture uses the seeds to format the playoffs. Each side of the bracket contains seven seeds. The top four seeds are given to the teams that win their division. The order among the division winners is then decided by which team has the best record.
The remaining three spots are called Wild Card spots. Those spots are given to teams with the best record among non-division winners from the NFL 2023 schedule. The NFL playoff schedule is set ahead of time, but the exact matchups are TBD.
Betting on the NFL Playoffs
There are many avenues one can choose when deciding to bet on the NFL Playoffs. One of the most basic bets on the board is the moneyline. By betting the moneyline during an NFL Playoff game, you’re betting on who you think will win the game. Plain and simple
Betting the spread is one of the more popular bets to make on a football game. Betting the spread means you’re taking the favorite to win by more than that many points or for the underdog to win outright or lose by less than that many points.
Betting the total is another popular bet. When betting the total, you choose to bet on whether the total points will be more or less than that number.
You can also do more long-term bets, or futures. For example, one could bet on who they believe is going to win the Super Bowl from that point, or even who will win Super Bowl MVP. Other futures include Conference Championship winners and round of elimination.
If one doesn’t want to wager on games, there’s ways to bet on individual players with player props.
When betting a player prop like passing yards, you’ll choose whether you think that quarterback will throw for more or less yards than the number. Player props can be a fun way to bet if you don’t have a read on the game itself.
NFL Playoff Bracket Recap & Winners
2022-2023 Playoff Season
What Teams Made It Through?
- Philadelphia Eagles: Triumphing over the New York Giants in the divisional round and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship, the Eagles emerged as NFC champions and earned their spot in the Super Bowl LVII.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Securing their spot in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs emerged from the AFC by conquering the Jaguars in the divisional round and the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship.
How Did They Fare Regarding the Odds?
In the initial half of Super Bowl 2023, anticipation built for an extraordinary game. However, the Chiefs’ remarkable 38-35 comeback was a game-changer, proving beneficial for sportsbooks.
Despite significant support for the favored Eagles (-1.5) in the weeks before Sunday’s thrilling event, the Chiefs’ rally impacted Super Bowl odds and NFL betting lines.