The playoffs have moved a step closer to the Super Bowl, with the field narrowed down to just four teams left in the hunt for a championship. That has also made the chances of securing to the highest stage that much more prominent with several of the league’s best teams still left in the mix with the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, and Tennessee Titans rounding out of the remaining bunch. With that in mind, one of these teams has been labeled as the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
Path to the conference title games
Before the start of the playoffs, three out of the four teams left were pegged as Super Bowl contenders.
Each has taken a different, unique path to reach this point in the postseason. The Titans have been the most tested, having moved through two tough opponents. Their quest began with an impressive road win over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
That was followed by convincingly handling the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens on the road. The Titans have proven to be a much better team than what their record would indicate. Meanwhile, the Chiefs put up an incredible performance against the Houston Texans as they came back from a 24-0 deficit to win 51-31, which made them the first team to trail by at least 20 points and win by 20 points in the same game.
The 49ers moved past the Minnesota Vikings in a commanding manner, which saw them give up zero points in the second to capture their first trip to the NFC title game since 2013. The Packers edged out the Seattle Seahawks to earn their first berth to that stage in the playoffs dating back to 2016.
One team is labeled as Super Bowl favorites
It is now one step closer to the Super Bowl, which has made the picture for the Super Bowl that much clearer.
With that in mind, Odds Shark on Sunday night made the Chiefs as the early favorites to win Super Bowl 54. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the type of performance they put forth against the Texans with their comeback scoring 51 out of the game’s final 58 points.
Reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes looked like a quarterback that could lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl win. Meanwhile, the 49ers are not far behind them as they looked quite impressive against the Vikings behind their finally healthy stout defense heading the charge.
All of this just further adds more excitement towards the upcoming conference championship games with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
Do the Chiefs have the upper hand?
Among the four teams still playing at this stage of the playoffs, the Chiefs are the only returning franchise from last year’s group.
Mahomes has the playoff experience that is necessary to handle what lies ahead in the conference title game against the Titans. Meanwhile, it could be argued that they have the most productive quarterback still left in the mix. That could be pivotal in helping them grab the edge over the rest of the field in the hunt for the Super Bowl.
The Titans have indeed shown enough to be a tough challenger, which things could sway in their direction as well. Meanwhile, the 49ers did grab a convincing regular-season win over the Packers, but it could be a different story this time around.
Kansas City is the clear favorite that many believe should have the edge, but that only beefs up the intensity that will be shown in what should be a thrilling AFC title game.