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Never before have the final four teams in the NFL playoff race had a clear favorite or significant underdog like this year, as betting odds suggest the Eagles, Chiefs, Bengals and 49ers are almost perfectly matched.

The two home teams — the Eagles and Chiefs — are slight favorites in Sunday’s conference championship games, and for the odds of winning the Super Bowl, there’s a near-perfect balance between the four teams.

Sportsbooks currently list the Eagles and Chiefs as slight co-favorites to win the Super Bowl, at odds of +260, and the Bengals and 49ers right behind them at +275.

It’s unprecedented as far back as betting odds records go: never before has there been this complete absence of a clear favorite before the conference’s two championship games.

Things can change if there’s a major injury or a surprisingly one-sided result in one of the conference championship games, but it’s likely the Super Bowl point spread won’t be more than a few points in both ways.

And it’s likely we’ll see three more close, competitive games between the top teams in the conference championships and the Super Bowl.



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