We are now reaching the exciting climax of the NFL season with this weekend’s two Conference Championship games offering the chance for two teams to make it through to the Super Bowl in Arizona on February 12th.

Of course, teams will also have one eye on the forthcoming 2023 NFL Draft, but for four teams the focus will be primarily on landing the win this weekend to offer them a chance at lifting the famous Lombardi trophy as Super Bowl LVII Champions.

Last week’s Divisional Weekend saw some intriguing performances and results and few can argue that the best four teams in the NFL right now are those that will contest the two games this weekend.

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Let’s now give you an in-depth preview of both matches this weekend complete with our tip for how we see each of the games going.

NFC Conference Championship Game

San Francisco 49ers (2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (1)

The top two seeds in the NFC will battle it out for a spot in the Super Bowl as the Eagles host the 49ers in what should be a cracking game.

Since a 4-4 start, the 49ers have torn through the NFL winning their next 12 games, even with a rookie, Brock Purdy, at quarterback for the last seven games.

The Niners’ defense has been the key as it is the best in the NFL, but it has been helped out on offense by the mid-season signing of Christian McCaffrey which gives this 49ers team a whole new dimension in the rushing game.

The 49ers are the form team in the playoffs, but they must face an Eagles team that has one of the best pass rush defense in the league, as well as one of the best offensive lines.

In fact, the Eagles are superb in all areas of the field and they do match up well against the 49ers in what should be an absolute classic encounter on Sunday evening.

Let’s now take a closer look at the key stats ahead of this game.

49ers @ Eagles Stats Comparison

San Francisco 49ersDataPhiladelphia Eagles
Kyle ShanahanHead CoachNick Sirianni
Brock Purdy (R)Starting QBJalen Hurts
4-3Defensive Scheme4-3
13-4Reg Season Record14-3
V Seahawks W 41-23WildcardBye
V Cowboys W 19-12DivisionalV N.Y Giants W 38-7
6thOffense Ranking2nd
1stDefense Ranking8th
20thSpecial Teams Rank31st
50Touchdowns Scored57
37Touchdowns Conceded37
18Offense Turnovers19
34Defensive Turnovers28
George Kittle (11)Most TDsJalen Hurts (13)
4049Passing Yards4105
2360Rushing Yards2509
30Passing TDs Scored25
20Rushing TDs Scored32
20Passing TD’s Conceded22
11Rushing TDs Conceded15
44Total Sacks Defense70
31Total Sacks Offense44
Nick Bosa (18.5)Most Sacks IndividualHaason Reddick (16)
450 (6th)Total Points Scored477 (3rd)
277 (1st)Total Points Conceded344 (8th)

49ers v Eagles – Head to Head

  • San Francisco 49ers Wins – 20
  • Philadelphia Eagles Wins – 14
  • Ties – 1
  • Trends – Eagles won 8 of last 12 between the two teams.
  • Last Game – 19th Sep 2021 – 49ers 17-11 Eagles

49ers v Eagles – Starters

San Francisco 49ersPosition – OffensePhiladelphia Eagles
Brock PurdyQBJalen Hurts
Christian McCaffreyRBMiles Sanders
Kyle JuzczykFB/RB2Kenneth Gainwell
Brendan AiyukWR1A.J. Brown
Deebo SamuelWR2Devonta Smith
George KittleTEDallas Goedert
Trent WilliamsLTLane Johnson
Aaron BanksLGLandon Dickerson
Jake BrendelCJason Kelce
Spencer BurfordRGIsaac Seumalo
Mike McGlincheyRTJordan Mailata
 Position – Defense 
Nick BosaDL1Brandon Graham
Javon KinlawDT1Javon Hargrave
Arik ArmsteadDT2Fletcher Cox
Samsun EbukamDL2Josh Sweat
Charles OnmenihuOLB1Haason Reddick
Fred WarnerILBT.J.Edwards
Kyzir WhiteOLB2Dre Greenlaw
Tashaun GipsonSSMarcus Epps
Talanoa HufangaFSC.J.Gardner-Johnson
Charvarius WardCB1Darius Slay
Deommodore LenoirCB2James Bradberry
 Special Teams 
Mitch WishnowskiPBrett Kern
Robbie GouldKJake Elliott
Taybor PepperLSRick Lovato
Ray-Ray McCloudKRBritain Covey

San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles – Game Tips

  • Game Line Handicaps – 49ers +2.5, Eagles -2.5
  • Money Line Odds – 49ers – 5/4, Eagles – 20/29

As you can see, the bookmakers are finding it hard to split the Eagles and 49ers and in truth if you compare both teams, then there is very little between them in terms of talent and depth in their teams.

However, I think that this game will be decided in two key areas.

The first us quarterback, where I feel Jalen Hurts is going to give the 49ers defence some real headaches, even if he is not 100% fit. His experience will be key for the Chiefs whereas I feel the lack of experience at QB for the 49ers in the shape of Brock Purdy will hinder them a little.

The other key area for me is the pass rush and this links in with the inexperienced QB for the 49ers as the Eagles pass rush is so strong and so deep, that I can see the 49ers having a torrid time stopping them getting at their QB.

Add to that home field advantage in a partisan Philadelphia, and I think that the Eagles will do just enough to make the Super Bowl.

NFC Prediction – San Francisco 49ers 23-27 Philadelphia Eagles

AFC Conference Championship Game

Cincinnati Bengals (3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1)

There will be no neutral site for the AFC Conference Championship game as the Cincinnati Bengals ousted the Buffalo Bills from the playoffs last weekend with a sumptuous victory to earn the right to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead this weekend.

The top ranking chiefs came through a closer than expected encounter with the Jaguars but do have some real injury concerns with quarterback Patrick Mahomes who suffered a high ankle sprain in that win over the Jags.

Mahomes practiced this week and look set to start the game but he will almost certainly be limited in some ways and the Chiefs will have to offer their star QB some extra protection.

With two of the best offenses in the NFL, as well as twp very strong defenses, this should be another cracking game and one that will be familiar to fans as it was the same match up that decided the AFC Conference Championship last season.

On that occasion Joe Burrow and the Bengals came out on top, as they have in all three games against the Chiefs, so can Kansas City buck that trend in this weekend’s game?

Let’s take a look at the key stats to find out.

Bengals @ Chiefs Stats Comparison

Cincinnati BengalsDataKansas City Chiefs
Zac TaylorHead CoachAndy Reid
Joe BurrowStarting QBPatrick Mahomes
4-3Defensive Scheme4-3
13-4Reg Season Record14-3
V Ravens W 24-17WildcardBye
V Bills – W 27-10DivisionalV Jaguars W 27-20
8thOffense Ranking1st
5thDefense Ranking16th
26thSpecial Teams Rank27th
49Touchdowns Scored59
29Touchdowns Conceded43
19Offense Turnovers23
27Defensive Turnovers22
JaMarr Chase (9)Most TDsTravis Kelce (12)
4520Passing Yards5250
3828Rushing Yards1970
35Passing TDs Scored41
17Rushing TDs Scored18
14Passing TD’s Conceded33
12Rushing TDs Conceded10
30Total Sacks Defense55
44Total Sacks Offense26
Trey Hendrickson (8)Most Sacks IndividualChris Jones (15)
418 (7th)Total Points Scored496 (1st)
322 (6th)Total Points Conceded369 (16th)

Bengals v Chiefs Head to Head

  • Cincinnati Bengal Wins – 18
  • Kansas City Chiefs Wins – 14
  • Ties – 0
  • Trends – Bengals have won seven of the last eight between the teams. Bengals have also won all the last three by a three-point margin.
  • Last Game – 4th Dec 2022 – Chiefs 24-27 Bengals

Bengals v Chiefs – Starters

Cincinnati BengalsPosition – OffenseKansas City Chiefs
Joe BurrowQBPatrick Mahomes
Joe MixonRBIsiah Pacheco
Samaje PerineFB/RB2Jerick McKinnon
Ja’Marr ChaseWR1JuJu Smith Schuster
Tee HigginsWR2Kadarius Toney
Hayden HurstTETravis Kelce
Jackson CarmanLTOrlando Brown Jr.
Cordell VolsonLGJoe Thuney
Ted KarrasCCreed Humphrey
Max ScharpingRGTrey Smith
Hakeem AdenjiiRTAndrew Wylie
 Position – Defense 
Trey HendricksonDL1George Karlaftis
D.J.ReaderDT1Chris Jones
B.J.HillDT2Khalen Saunders
Sam HubbardDL2Frank Clark
Joseph OssaiOLB1Carlos Dunlap
Logan WilsonILBNick Bolton
Germaine PrattOLB2Willie Gay Jr.
Vonn BellSSJustin Reid
Jessie BatesFSJuan Thornhill
Eli AppleCB1L’Jarius Snead
Cam Taylor-BrittCB2Trent McDuffie
 Special Teams 
Drue ChrismanPTommy Townsend
Evan McPhersonKHarrison Butker
Clark HarrisLSJames Winchester
Trayveon WilliamsKRKadarius Toney

Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs – Game Tips

  • Game Line Handicaps – Bengals +1.0, Chiefs -1.0
  • Money Line Odds – Bengals– Evens, Chiefs – 5/6

The Chiefs are the slight favourites in the AFC game, but if anything the bookmakers feel thiswill be an even closer game than the NFC Conference Championship.

Personally speaking, I am not so sure it will be. The Chiefs key man, Patrick Mahomes is injured and although he is set to play, he will not be near 100% and that is a massive problem for Kansas City.

A fully fit Mahomes has not beaten the Bengals with Joe Burrow under center in three attempts. A 70% fit one, is not likely to break that run I feel.

There’s also the fact that the Bengals defense is playing lights out at the moment, while the Bengals offense is slowly plugging away, racking up points enough to win games and running the clock to keep star players on the bench.

As such, I think this will be another close one but the Bengals for me have a clear edge.

AFC Prediction – Cincinnati Bengals 35-30 Kansas City Chiefs