January 18, 2013

NFL Betting: NFL Matchups for Championship Game Weekend

Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2013 NFL playoffs covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for the NFC Championship Game and the AFC Championship Game in the playoffs!

San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1 SU, 10-7 ATS) @ Atlanta Falcons (14-3 SU, 9-7-1 ATS)
Spread: San Francisco -4, Total: 48.5

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – Sunday, January 20th, 3:00 ET

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This is going to be the first time in NFL history that the NFC Championship Game has been played in Atlanta. It’s going to be an interesting game for sure, as the 49ers are definitively looked upon as the better of these two clubs. San Francisco made mincemeat out of the Green Bay Packers last week in a game in which QB Colin Kaepernick accounted for over 400 yards of offense, and he set the record for the most rushing yards in a game for a quarterback in NFL history with 181. Now comes an Atlanta defense that was brutal last week against QB Russell Wilson in the second half. Still, what we have to remember about the Falcons is that they did have the best record in the NFL this year in the regular season at 13-3, and they are a terror to try to beat here at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons have failed to cover back to back games at home after starting at 4-3 ATS and 7-0 SU this year. San Fran has gone 5-3 ATS and 6-2 SU in eight games with QB Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, but most importantly, he has beaten both the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints on the road. These two teams haven’t met since 2010. Five of the last six meetings have been decided by six points or fewer. The underdog team has covered four of the last six. Atlanta has won four in a row SU but is just 2-2 ATS in those games.

Baltimore Ravens (12-6 SU, 8-9-1 ATS) @ New England Patriots (13-4 SU, 10-6-1 ATS)
Spread: New England -8, Total: 51.5

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA – Sunday, January 20th, 6:30 ET

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And here we are again in the AFC Championship Game, and the same two teams that battled for the right to play in the Super Bowl last year are doing so again. The Ravens and the Patriots know all about each other, and they have built up quite the rivalry with one another. These two teams have played three very close games against each other in the last two and change years dating back to the regular season in 2010. The home team has won all three games, but the road team is actually 2-0-1 ATS in those games. Baltimore is back facing the scene of the crime at Gillette Stadium, where it had a chance to go to the Super Bowl last year. WR Lee Evans, who dropped what would have been the game winning touchdown pass last year, and K Billy Cundiff, who missed what would have been the game-tying field goal are both gone, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. QB Tom Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, and QB Joe Flacco is still looked upon as the man that can win a game every now and again in the playoffs, but he is still the man that can’t win the biggest game when it truly counts, too. These two teams, of course, played earlier this year to the tune of a 31-30 victory for the host Ravens. That night, New England was implied to be a 0.5-point favorite. Now, it is implied to be a five-point favorite.

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Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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