The NFL has one more game to close out Week 14, with the Philadelphia Eagles looking to boost their playoff chances with a win over the New York Giants. It won’t shake up Super Bowl 54 odds too much, but it’s a notable matchup nonetheless for NFC East standings.
49ers: +750 to +500
The 49ers improved in part because of their win, but mostly because of the Seattle Seahawks loss. The 49ers outlasted the New Orleans Saints in a 48-46 shootout that cost the Saints the top seed, regardless of any other result. However, when Seattle lost to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football, it moved the 49ers into the No. 1 seed and dropped the Seahawks from the second seed to the fifth seed.
FOX Sports posted an infographic during the 49ers-Saints game that showed the value of home field advantage. Dating back to 1970, the 49ers playoff record at home is 20-8 and on the road is 5-10. The Saints playoff record in that time at home is 7-4 and on the road is 1-7.
Home field is a huge deal, and this weekend swung things considerably. The 49ers face the Falcons and Rams the next two weeks, but then have to go on the the road to face the Seahawks in Week 17. It’s a good bet the NFC West title and the No. 1 seed come down to that game. Super Bowl odds could change considerably for San Francisco and Seattle.
Titans: +6600 to +4000
The Titans are on a roll. They thumped the Raiders in Week 14 to win their fourth straight and sixth in seven games. They remain behind the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card race due to tiebreakers, but they got a huge break on Sunday. The Houston Texans lost to the Denver Broncos, dropping them into a tie with Tennessee.
The Texans and Titans have yet to play this week. They meet up twice in the final three weeks, and the division could come down to those games. The Titans do face a difficult game in between, hosting the Saints, so if they lose to Houston in Week 15, there divisional hopes could sink with a loss the following week.
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