NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Buccaneers at Packers (3:05 p.m. ET Sunday)
The Packers opened as consensus four-point home favorites against the Bucs. Some shops opened a bit higher at Green Bay -4.5. The early action appears to be coming in on Tom Brady and the underdog Bucs. The books that opened 4.5 have fallen to four, and the rest of the market appears headed to 3.5. Early money also looks to be leaning on the Under, as most books opened with a total of 52 or 51.5 and have quickly fallen to 50. Weather could be an issue in Green Bay. The early forecast calls for temperatures in the low 20s with 10- to 12-mph winds and possibly snow. The Packers enjoy a one-day rest advantage as they played on Saturday, while the Bucs played Sunday. Sportsbooks will be rooting for the Packers as the books have a ton of Super Bowl liability on the Bucs. Many bettors placed long-shot tickets on the Bucs to win it all when they landed Brady in the offseason.
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Bills at Chiefs (6:40 p.m. ET Sunday)
The Chiefs opened as consensus 2.5-point home favorites against the Bills. Early money has poured in on the Chiefs, driving this line up to the key number of -3. Pro money also seems to be expecting a shootout, as the total has shot up from 51 to 55. The Under then took in some money, falling to 54.5 across the board. The big variable is the health of Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who left Sunday’s divisional-round game with a concussion. The Chiefs may get a boost with the possible return of running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Bills enjoy a one-day rest advantage as they played Saturday, while the Chiefs played Sunday.