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Posted: Jan 23, 2023Last updated: 2 days ago

Heading into the 2022 season, the NFC was admittedly the weaker of the NFL’s two conferences, but I’m not sure we thought its top teams would be this disappointing.

The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and a perennial contender in the Green Bay Packers both failed to qualify for the postseason. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, another preseason contender to win the conference, managed to win the NFC South with a sub-.500 record before making a hasty first-round playoff exit.

However, that isn’t to say the NFC was completely devoid of talent. The NFC East may, shockingly, have been the best division in football, with the Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants qualifying for the divisional round.

Now, only the top-seeded Eagles remain with a chance to represent the division and conference in Super Bowl 57, as Philadelphia will host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Now that the title game is set, which team is favored to win the NFC? And who should you bet on?

NFC Championship Game Betting Odds

What Are The NFC Championship Odds?

Select NFC Championship Odds from this odds interface by changing the Super Bowl 57 - Winner dropdown to NFC Conference - Winner.

NFC Championship Game odds used below are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Monday, Jan. 23, at 10:45 a.m. ET. Be sure to keep tabs on all of our current NFL odds during the NFL playoffs.

NFC Champion Best Bet

Philadelphia Eagles (-145) at Caesars Sportsbook

It’s pretty clear why the Eagles are favored to win the NFC.

Philadelphia boasts a balanced roster on both sides of the ball that features elite skill position players to pair with strength in the trenches. The best offensive line in the league paves the way for a dual-threat rushing attack, led by quarterback Jalen Hurts and backfield partner Miles Sanders.

Hurts has also made tremendous strides through the air, as the offseason trade for top wideout A.J. Brown has accelerated his development as a passer. His secondary options in DeVonta Smith and security blanket Dallas Goedert aren’t exactly slouches either.

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Philadelphia also boasts a dominant defense that features a pair of lockdown corners in Darius Slay and James Bradberry, who helped the Eagles to the league’s top pass defense DVOA during the regular season, per Football Outsiders.

That unit has been slightly more susceptible to opposing rushing attacks this season, which could pose a problem against the run-heavy 49ers, but that was a more pressing issue when rookie Jordan Davis and other interior defensive linemen were injured.

That is no longer the case, and most importantly, Hurts didn’t show any signs of his late-season shoulder injury in his team’s 38-7 thrashing of the rival Giants on Saturday night.

Ultimately, I think his dual-threat ability and relative experience compared to Niners rookie Brock Purdy will make the difference with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line.

NFC Champion Contender

San Francisco 49ers (+122) at Caesars Sportsbook

If I told you before the season that the 49ers would be in the NFC Championship Game with Brock Purdy playing quarterback, you probably would have laughed in my face. But here we are.

Purdy, who was selected with the 262nd and final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, has stepped in admirably after injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo.

The Iowa State product has yet to lose a start in his NFL career and has plenty of playmakers at his disposal, with midseason acquisition Christian McCaffrey offering another versatile option to go along with Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Brandon Aiyuk.

Purdy also has the benefit of playing under offensive genius Kyle Shanahan and having the best statistical defense in the NFL at his back. The Niners allowed a league-low 300.6 yards and 16.3 points per game to opponents during the regular season.

If that unit can replicate its play against the high-flying Eagles, it’ll give Purdy and the offense a chance to win the game. However, he got away with a handful of turnover-worthy plays in Sunday’s 19-12 victory over the Cowboys, so if he’s not careful, this game could get away from San Francisco early.

Trusting a rookie quarterback at this stage of the playoffs is tough, especially at such a low moneyline price, but if there’s a team that can reach the Super Bowl solely on the back of its defense, it’s the 49ers.

Author

John Arlia

Before joining The Game Day, John served as the National Writer for the United Soccer League, where he primarily covered the USL Championship out of the league’s headquarters in Tampa, FL. A devout soccer fan, John attended the last two men’s World Cups in Brazil and Russia and can’t wait for the 2026 edition to come to North America. Having also written for Sporting News Canada since getting his master’s from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, John has acquired a diverse sporting background, but considers football, golf, and soccer his three strong suits.

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