NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
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We're now down to the final four in the NFL playoffs and a trip to Super Bowl LVI will be on the line when these remaining teams kick off this weekend. If this latest slate can carry the baton from what we saw in the divisional round, we're in for another epic collection of games. It's not even hyperbole to say that this divisional round may have been the greatest weekend in NFL playoff history as every single game came down to the final play. Heck, even if you just watched the final 13 seconds of regulation in Chiefs-Bills it was worth the price of admission. 

While we still may be coming down from that wild weekend, we'll now try to shift our attention to Championship Sunday as we reveal our picks for who we believe will represent the AFC and NFC in the Super Bowl. 

Picks record

2021 regular season
Locks of the Week ATS
: 50-36-4
ATS: 131-137-4
ML: 169-102-1

Playoffs (through divisional round) 
ATS: 7-3
ML: 6-4

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

Latest Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -7

The Bengals are going to need to play a perfect game to pull off this upset over the Chiefs and I'm not sure they have it in them, particularly along the offensive line. Joe Burrow has been fantastic in his first playoff run, but the second-year quarterback has been bombarded by opposing pass rushers while his O-line does its best impression of a turnstile. Burrow has been sacked 11 times in these playoffs, which included an NFL postseason record nine times last week against Tennessee. Had Ryan Tannehill not melted down and thrown three picks, we're not even having this conversation with Cincinnati in the AFC title game. On top of that, the Bengals will be facing a Chiefs team that will not make as many mistakes as the Titans did a week ago.

Kansas City has also been stellar at home this season. Coming into Championship Sunday, the Chiefs are 9-2 ATS at Arrowhead with an average margin of victory of 9.5 points. The fact that the Bengals beat the Chiefs back in Week 17 should also play into Kansas City's hand as they'll be on high alert to avoid another upset. 

Projected score: Chiefs 31, Bengals 23
The pick: Chiefs -7

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San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams

Latest Odds: Los Angeles Rams -3.5

I've found myself fading the Rams throughout the playoffs and they've burned me for the past two rounds. You'd think I may have learned my lesson at this point, but I'm looking at them to go down once again. The 49ers have won six straight meetings against the Rams, including a sweep of the regular-season series this year. Kyle Shanahan seems to have Sean McVay's number and knows how to slice through his defense with his running game. Meanwhile, San Francisco has done a nice job going at Matthew Stafford in his first season with the Rams. In the regular season, Stafford has thrown as many touchdowns as he has interceptions against the Niners and has been sacked seven times 

There's also some history that supports a Niners upset as well. Dating back to 1985, there have been eight division rivals that have met in the conference title game. In those prior games, the team that won the second regular-season game went 6-2 in the playoff rematch. The 49ers are also 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings in Los Angeles, while the Rams are 3-4 ATS as a home favorite this season.  

Projected score: 49ers 24, Rams 21
The pick: 49ers +3.5