Here Are the Most Likely Matchups for Super Bowl 51 According to Vegas

The Lombardi Trophy is raised in the air.
12 teams are left to battle for Super Bowl 51’s Lombardi Trophy | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

In the National Football League, legends are made in the postseason. Many of the top players in NFL history put together Hall of Famecaliber careers based on their performances during the regular season. But if you look at the players who are widely considered to be the best to ever play the game at their respective positions, they have one thing in common: at least one Super Bowl ring to their name.

After 17 weeks full of injuries, amazing individual performances, and shocking upsets, the 2016 NFL Playoffs are now upon us. Twelve teams are set to battle it out over the next month for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as the champions of Super Bowl 51. Even though there are dozens of potential Super Bowl matchups, we all know that only a handful of teams stand a realistic chance at reaching the big game on February 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

With that said, here’s a look at the most likely matchups for Super Bowl 51 according to the oddsmakers for the Las Vegas sportsbooks.

15. Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants

Head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid, looks on from the sidelines
Andy Reid doesn’t exactly have a great track record in the postseason | Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Odds: +4000

For this scenario to happen, the Chiefs and Giants would have to pull off more than one improbable upset over the next three weeks. The Chiefs would have to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots to reach Super Bowl 51. And the Giants would face with the daunting task of having to beat the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys, and either the Atlanta Falcons or the Seattle Seahawks (all on the road) to earn the right to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 51.

14. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman considers his chance of making it to Super Bowl 51
The Seattle Seahawks look primed to make a deep postseason run | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Odds: +3300

This potential matchup ranking this low has more to do with the Chiefs than the Seahawks. As we previously mentioned, Kansas City has an extremely tough road through the AFC, despite their firstround bye. And when it comes down to it, we just don’t see any way that this is the matchup we’ll see in Super Bowl 51.

13. (tie) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Ben Roethlisberger rests between plays
Ben Roethlisberger is an outstanding playoff quarterback | Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Odds: +2500

Quite frankly, we’re shocked that the Vegas oddsmakers didn’t give this potential matchup a higher likelihood. The Steelers have an elite offense and know how to win in the postseason. And the Seahawks, who still have one of the most talented rosters in the game, have as good of a chance as any NFC team this year.

13. (tie) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants

Eli Manning signals a touchdown.
Eli Manning is clutch in the postseason | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Odds: +2500

If the Giants can get by the Green Bay Packers on wild-card weekend, we actually think this matchup has a realistic chance of happening. Both teams have Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks and are talented enough to make deep postseason runs. That said, the Steelers and Giants would have to win three playoff games each to reach the Super Bowl, which isn’t likely.

11. (tie) Kansas City Chiefs vs. Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan talks to his teammates between plays.
Matt Ryan has his sights set on a Super Bowl title | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Odds: +2200

The Chiefs and Falcons both have first-round playoff byes, which means that each must win two games to reach Super Bowl 51 in Houston. However, while they will surely benefit from the extra week of rest, both teams have to beat incredibly tough opponents to punch their respective Super Bowl tickets.

11. (tie) Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers looks up at the scoreboard during a game.
Aaron Rodgers has caught fire at the right time | Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Odds: +2200

To be perfectly honest, we thought the Vegas oddsmakers were a little generous here. For starters, we see the Chiefs as extreme Super Bowl longshots given their likely opponents (the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots). As for the Packers, they will have to knock off three formidable opponents to win the NFC title.

9. (tie) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers raises the Lombardi Trophy when he won a previous Super Bowl.
Aaron Rodgers prevailed the last time the Packers and Steelers met in the Super Bowl | Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

Odds: +1600

If you are anything like us, then this scenario — a rematch of Super Bowl XLV in 2010 — would make you extremely happy. It would give football fans a chance to see two of the league’s best quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger) duel it out for a world championship on the game’s biggest stage.

9. (tie) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones holds up his hand to protect the ball.
Julio Jones will be tough to defend in the postseason | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Odds: +1600

If this matchup happens, we could all be in for one of the highest-scoring Super Bowls in recent memory. The Steelers and Falcons are both capable of lighting up the scoreboard (Pittsburgh averages 24.9 and Atlanta averages 33.8 points per game in 2016). On top of that, neither team is particularly strong on the defensive side of the ball. If nothing else, this game would be highly entertaining for even the most casual of football fans.

7. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys' two best players, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, congratulate each other on a strong play.
Expectations are sky high for the Dallas Cowboys | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Odds: +1200

We feel like a broken record, but we do not see any way the Chiefs get by the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots in the AFC Playoffs. On the flip side, the Cowboys still have everything in place to win their first conference title since 1995.

6. New England Patriots vs. New York Giants

Tom Brady speaks to Eli Manning during a previous Super Bowl.
Tom Brady and Eli Manning have already provided NFL fans to two thrilling Super Bowls | Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Odds: +900

There may not be a more intriguing potential Super Bowl matchup than this one. As a refresher, the Patriots and Giants faced off in two Super Bowls in the last nine years (the G-Men won both). What makes this possible matchup even more interesting is the fact that the Giants are the only team that has beaten Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in a Super Bowl (four other teams were unsuccessful).

5. New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks speaks with Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
We wouldn’t mind a Super Bowl rematch between the Seahawks and Patriots | Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

Odds: +850

Simply put: This potential Super Bowl matchup would instantly become one of the most hyped games in the history of professional sports. These teams met in Super Bowl XLIX two years ago in one of the most hard-fought title games in NFL history.

Based on how that game played out, it’s safe to say that these two franchises simply do not like each other. It also bears pointing out that the Seahawks likely would have won their previous Super Bowl meeting with the Pats were it not for some questionable goalline playcalling by offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys hold tight to the football.
Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott were franchise-changing draft picks | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Odds: +800

This scenario would be a dream come true for Roger Goodell and the National Football League. The Steelers and the Cowboys have arguably the two biggest, and most loyal, fanbases in the league, which means ratings would likely be through the roof if this potential matchup came to fruition.

3. (tie) New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick discuss strategy on the sidelines between plays.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick know how to win when it counts | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Odds: +650

We’re at the point in this list where it becomes abundantly clear that the Vegas oddsmakers strongly believe the Patriots will represent the AFC in Super Bowl 51. In this scenario Brady and Belichick would square off with the Falcons, who are the No. 2 seed in the NFC and possess what is arguably the league’s best offense. If this becomes the matchup we see in Super Bowl 51, expect to see a great deal of scoring.

3. (tie) New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers

Tom Brady considers his chances of winning Super Bowl 51.
Will Tom Brady win his fifth Super Bowl in 2016? | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Odds: +650

Based on the way the Packers have played as of late, we could realistically argue that this is the most likely potential matchup for Super Bowl 51. Rodgers has been on a tear over the last seven weeks (and may have won himself the 2016 NFL MVP award in the process), which leads us to believe that the 33-year-old is fully capable of singlehandedly leading the Packers to a NFC title.

1. New England Patriots vs. Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott celebrates a touchdown pass.
Ezekiel Elliott gives the Cowboys plenty to cheer about in 2016 | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Odds: +300

This one needs little explanation, really. How could the No. 1 seed in the AFC versus the No. 1 seed in the NFC not be the most likely Super Bowl matchup according to Vegas, especially when both teams are firing on all cylinders entering the postseason?

Statistics courtesy of ESPN and Pro-Football-Reference. Odds courtesy of OddsShark via BetOnline