The NFC Championship features the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco Rams on Sunday evening to determine who goes to Super Bowl 56. Can the Rams stay home?
Welcome to the NFC Championship Game
That's right! The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers play on Sunday evening to determine the NFC representative for the Super Bowl. If the NFC Championship Game is anything like the Divisional Round, the fans are in for some treat.
This game starts at 6:40 PM ET on Sunday evening from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Ironically, Super Bowl 56 will start almost the same exact time two weeks from this very Sunday. The conference championship will be telecast on FOX. Expect the weather to be Mostly Clear with temperatures in the 60's for game time.
The teams are two of just four remaining as they play for the highest stakes they have all season. Just think, most fans are still recovering from what was one of the craziest divisional rounds in NFL playoff history.
The NFC Championship Pick should be an excellent game heading into the Super Bowl no matter what. Here at Canada Sports Betting, we bring you our pick for Sunday, January 30th. Sports bettors want the numbers.
NFC Championship Numbers Break Down
The NFC Championship numbers break down the kind of like one would expect. With the Los Angeles Rams being the home team, they enjoy a slight advantage over the San Francisco 49ers. A spot in the super bowl is on the line Sunday evening. The betting table is below.
Let's have a look at the 2022 NFL Playoffs odds.
|NFC Championship Odds|
|San Francisco 49ers||2.48||2.50|
|Los Angeles Rams||1.56||1.58|
Some of the best NFL betting odds are here as these two teams face off one more time. The nice part is with the opening numbers is that there is room for movement so check on social media throughout the week as well as on the site. For betting on the big game, you can check out Super Bowl odds as well.
Road to the NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers took the road less travelled to the NFC Championship game. San Francisco went to Dallas during the wildcard round and slowed down one of the top offences in the NFL. The 49ers' defence was the one that stole the show as they held the Cowboys to just 17 points -- almost half their season average. Dallas barely managed over 300 yards of total offence (307) in the San Francisco triumph.
Jimmy Garoppolo was not great but he managed the game well from the quarterback position. This has been a theme so far in the playoffs as the defence has set the offence up well. San Francisco built a 13-0 early lead in Dallas and held on as dual-threat Deebo Samuel totalled 110 yards and a rushing touchdown. Then they travelled to Green Bay and slugged it out in the cold with the Packers.
What happened next was quite stunning. Consider that their Week 3 battle was a 30-28 contest where the offences shined. The Divisional Round game was the exact opposite. The 49ers and Packers defences were two of the top ten teams all season long. They went back and forth as San Francisco held Aaron Rodgers to a mere 263 yards of offence.
It did not hurt that the 49ers got some help from an erratic Packers' kicking game. There may have been a block or two. Either way, San Francisco was able to push through as Robbie Gould and a blocked punt touchdown helped the 49ers erase a late 10-3 deficit. With that, they were on to the NFC Championship.
Road to the NFC Championship - Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams enjoyed a slightly easier road to the NFC Championship tilt. Their first game was against one divisional rival, the Arizona Cardinals. What happened next was an absolute route as the Rams defence harassed Kyler Murray all night. Murray never had a chance as Los Angeles took a 27-0 lead and never looked back. Matthew Stafford tossed a couple of touchdown passes in the 34-11 rout.
Los Angeles then went to Tampa Bay to face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Rams were up against it. Aaron Donald and the Rams defence were able to assert themselves early as the Rams jumped out to a 27-3 lead early in the third quarter. Then, the game went weird. Tampa Bay took advantage of four Los Angeles fumbles en route to tying the game.
Fortunately, Matthew Stafford and Connor Kupp hooked up on a long gain one more time as the Rams kicked a short field goal to defeat Tampa Bay and set up a home game for Los Angeles this Sunday evening.
NFC Championship Pick - Los Angeles over San Francisco
The NFC Championship features a third meeting between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. Our pick is not an easy one. Look at the craziness that happened last week and a 49ers' defence that has a playoff leading 10.12 points above expectation. The two meetings produced two San Francisco wins as their offence stole the show in both. Only the Rams' defence coming up with some timely miscues kept the second game close.
Matthew Stafford and Connor Kupp were contained mostly in the two games. The key for Los Angeles is simply to hold on to the damn ball! Now, the pressure seems to be on Los Angeles but it may be more on San Francisco. It is difficult to beat the same team in your division three times in one season and on the road twice. The Rams defence in the playoffs has allowed just 112 yards. This time they figure out Samuel and company.
Take the Los Angeles Rams in a close game over the San Francisco 49ers as our NFC Championship Pick.