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By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer

It’s been 25 years since some NFL league title games were this evenly matched from an oddsmakers standpoint.

The San Francisco 49ers are 2 1/2-point underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles connected Sunday successful the NFC title game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

In the AFC rubric game, the Cincinnati Bengals are 1 1/2-point favorites connected the roadworthy against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The erstwhile clip some league title games featured spreads nether 3 points was 1998. The Packers were 2 1/2-point favorites astatine San Francisco successful the NFC game. The Broncos were 2 1/2-point favorites astatine Pittsburgh successful the AFC matchup. Both roadworthy teams won.

The Eagles and Chiefs person past connected their side. No. 1 seeds are 32-14 successful league title games, but lone 4-3 since the 2017 play erstwhile the Eagles became the past No. 1 effect to triumph a Super Bowl.

Home teams are 34-18 successful the NFC rubric game, 36-16 successful the AFC.

San Francisco (15-4) astatine Philadelphia (15-3)

The 49ers person won 12 consecutive games, including 7 successful a enactment since rookie seventh-round prime Brock Purdy took implicit astatine backmost aft Jimmy Garoppolo was injured.

The Eagles opened 13-1 down Jalen Hurts, earned the No. 1 effect and a bye and dominated the New York Giants successful the divisional round.

This crippled pits the 2 apical defenses successful the NFL, 2 of the champion rushing offenses and plentifulness of playmakers connected some sides. Miles Sanders, AJ Brown, Devonta Smith and Dallas Goedert for the Eagles. Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk for San Francisco.

It should beryllium a tough, carnal crippled involving teams who are nary strangers to reaching this point. The Eagles are successful the NFC title crippled for the seventh clip successful 22 seasons and are seeking their 3rd travel to the Super Bowl successful that span. They won it each aft the 2017 season.

San Francisco 49ers antiaircraft extremity Nick Bosa (97) rushes during an NFL shot crippled against the Washington Commanders, connected Dec.24, 2022.AP Photo/Scot Tucker, File

The Niners are making a grounds 18th quality successful the NFC rubric game, 2nd successful a enactment and 3rd successful 4 years. They’re 7-10 overall.

Home-field vantage is the quality successful this one. Purdy has lone made 2 roadworthy starts successful Seattle and Las Vegas. Philadelphia is conscionable different. The Eagles person hostile fans who won’t fto up.

Cincinnati (14-4) astatine Kansas City (15-3)

Joe Burrow is 3-0 against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, including a comeback triumph successful overtime past twelvemonth successful the AFC title crippled besides played successful Arrowhead Stadium.

The Bengals are flimsy favorites due to the fact that Mahomes has a precocious ankle sprain. He returned from the wounded to assistance pb the Chiefs to a triumph implicit Jacksonville past week, but there’s nary uncertainty it should bounds his quality to bash superhuman things connected the field.

The Chiefs are making their 5th consecutive quality successful the AFC rubric crippled with each 5 astatine home. They’re 2-2 successful that span with 1 Super Bowl victory.

Before past season, the Bengals hadn’t won a playoff crippled successful 31 years. Now, they’re 5-1 implicit the past 2 seasons with Burrow starring the way. He has plentifulness of assistance successful Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon.

Cincinnati’s banged-up violative enactment held up good against Buffalo. The Chiefs volition look to instrumentality vantage this week.

The Chiefs volition person to support Mahomes and springiness him clip to enactment successful the pouch truthful he’s not trying tally astir connected a gimpy ankle. Expect Mahomes to people chap All-Pro Travis Kelce rather often. Kelce had 14 catches past week.

Bengals antiaircraft coordinator Lou Anarumo designed a strategy to confuse Josh Allen and held Buffalo’s dynamic discourtesy to conscionable 10 points. He’ll person to bash it again against 1 of the apical play-callers successful the NFL.

Kansas City’s Andy Reid is coaching his 10th league title game, but lone has 1 Super Bowl trophy connected his mantel. He’s going to request Mahomes to beryllium magical astatine immoderate point.

If anyone tin beryllium spectacular with an wounded specified arsenic the 1 helium has, it’s Mahomes.