2023 NFL Playoffs: Championship Sunday schedule, odds, TV, streaming for marquee games

The divisional round of the playoffs certainly settled a few narratives about who the best teams in the NFL are. After all, the league has its top four teams playing on conference championship weekend.

The Philadelphia Eagles came away with a win over the New York Giants, showing that they are still one of the best teams in the league and a Super Bowl contender as they have been all season. Philadelphia will host the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, who won a doubleheader against the Dallas Cowboys to set up the conference with a matchup between the top two seeds.

The AFC Championship Game features a highly anticipated rematch between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals in what is sure to be one of the best matchups of the season. Patrick Mahomes had a gutsy performance with a high ankle sprain for the Chiefs to overcome the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Joe Burrow led the Bengals to a dominant win over the Buffalo Bills — in snowy Buffalo.

Conference Championship Weekend has the makings of an all-time high. Here’s an early preview of what’s to come next week.

All odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook

NFC Championship Game

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

When: Sunday, January 29, 3:00 PM ET
television: fox | Stream: fuboTV
row: Eagles -2.5, O/U 46

Featured game | Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers and Eagles don’t have a rich playoff history, with Philadelphia and San Francisco meeting just once in the postseason (the 49ers went 14-0 in the 1996 NFC Wild Card round). Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy — both starting quarterbacks — weren’t even born yet. Hurts (24 years, 175 days) vs. Purdy (23 years, 33 days) will be the youngest matchup in NFC Championship Game history.

Purdy is the fourth quarterback drafted in the sixth round or later (or undrafted) to reach a conference championship in his first season as a starter. The 49ers are playing in their 18th conference championship game, the most in NFL history (and third in the last four years). They are the only NFC team to never play Philadelphia in an away playoff game.

Hurts is the youngest quarterback in Eagles history to reach a conference championship game, breaking Donovan McNabb’s record set in 2001. It is the Eagles’ seventh conference championship game since 2000, the most in the NFC and trailing only the New England Patriots for the most in the NFL. The Eagles are seeking their fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and second in the last six seasons.

The Eagles finished with the top offense in the NFC in points and yards per game. The 49ers finished with the best defense in the NFC in points and yards per game. This game is sure to cement the age-old debate of offense vs. defense, setting the stage for a thriller in Philadelphia.

AFC Championship Game

(4) Cincinnati Bengals at (1) Kansas City Chiefs

When: Sunday, January 29, 6:30 PM ET
television: CBS | Stream: Paramount+
row: Bengals -2, O/U 46.5

Featured game | Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The rematch of last year’s AFC title game against the Chiefs and Bengals is already worth the hype. Add Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow to the mix and NFL fans may be in the mood to embrace another classic, especially with Mahomes playing with a high ankle sprain.

Mahomes has never beaten the Bengals since Burrow became the starting quarterback, going 0-3 against him over the past two seasons — including last year’s AFC Championship Game in which Kansas City blew a 21-10 lead in the second quarter and lost 27- 24 overtime. Each of those meetings was decided by exactly three points, with Cincinnati outscoring Kansas City 26-6 in the fourth quarter and overtime in those games.

Mahomes will join Tom Brady (eight straight) and Ken Stabler (five straight) as the only quarterbacks to start five straight conference championship games as the Chiefs become the first team in NFL history to play in five consecutive championship games at the conference at home. He is also the only quarterback to lead a team to five conference championship games before turning 30 years old. The Chiefs are looking to become just the ninth team to reach the Super Bowl three times in four years.

The Bengals are looking to reach the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons, trying to become the first team since the seeding began in 1975 to reach back-to-back Super Bowls without having a top two seed in both seasons. Joe Burrow can join Russell Wilson as the only quarterbacks to start two Super Bowls in their first three seasons. Burrow is 5-1 in his career in the playoffs and 3-0 on the road (the Bengals had never won a postseason road game before Burrow). Cincinnati has never lost an AFC Championship game, going 3-0 in franchise history.

Mahomes vs. Burrow IV should be a classic regardless of how the Chiefs quarterback plays with his high ankle sprain.

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