Chiefs re-open as slight Super Bowl favorites

With Patrick Mahomes sidelined with a concussion, Chad Henne made big plays at crunch time to help Kansas City advance.

The NFL playoffs have arrived at conference championship weekend.

Both top seeds are still alive. Kansas City got past Cleveland as a nine-point favorite on Sunday, but the headline is star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ health. He left the divisional game in the third quarter due to a concussion and did not return.

Mahomes has entered the league’s concussion protocol, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Monday morning. Kansas City head coach Andy Reid confirmed that Mahomes is in concussion protocol, but he does not know if his star quarterback will be available on Sunday.

“He got hit in the back of the head and kinda knocked the wind out of him and everything else with it,” Reid said. “He’s doing great right now which is a real positive as we looked at this. Passed all the deals that he needed to pass so we’ll see where it goes from here.”

The Chiefs re-opened as +175 favorites to win the Super Bowl at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. Those odds were posted late Sunday night and had dipped to +200 as of Monday morning.

They will be hosting No. 2 Buffalo on Sunday afternoon. The Bills won and covered as 2.5-point favorites against Baltimore in the divisional round. They are holding as 3-point underdogs against the Chiefs.

The SuperBook re-opened Buffalo at +425 to win the Super Bowl, but they have since adjusted the price to +350. Sunday’s total is 54.5 points.

In the NFC Championship, No. 1 Green Bay will host No. 5 Tampa Bay. The Packers controlled the game in their win over Los Angeles. They opened as 3.5-point favorites in the NFC title game and are still priced at -3.5 as of Monday morning.

Green Bay is +225 to win the Super Bowl, which gives them the second-shortest odds. Tampa Bay re-opened at +400 to win the title after beating New Orleans on Sunday night. It is still listed at +400.

The NFC Championship is Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET on FOX. The AFC Championship will follow at 6:40 p.m. ET on CBS.

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