The NFL conference championship games are happening on Sunday, with the winners advancing to a date in the Super Bowl. Legal online sportsbooks are all set with a variety of odds. Beyond the standard wagers, bettors also have various options for same-game parlays. You can pick a side, try to tackle the spread, focus on how many points the teams will score and sort through various player props, all while trying to land on a combo that works best for you. With the teams that will be playing Sunday, we could be in line for an entertaining two games. Let’s take a look at some of the top SGP possibilities for the conference championships.
NFL conference championship same-game parlays
The playoff field is down to the final four. The stakes are high, and there are great players on all four teams. That combination could easily translate into a great Sunday of football action for SGP bettors. Here’s a look at some of the top NFL same-game parlay options for the conference championships.
Odds last updated: Jan. 27
San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles same-game parlays
- Sunday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. ET
- Spread: 49ers , Eagles
- Moneyline: 49ers , Eagles
- Total: Over/under
The visiting Cowboys put up a fight last week, but the 49ers managed to prevail in the end to advance to this game. San Francisco’s winning streak now stands at 12, but the club’s run of putting 30 or more points on the board was snapped at four games as it only managed to muster 19. The Eagles returned from a bye to face the Giants last week, but Philadelphia didn’t show any signs of rust in a 38-7 demolition of its division rival. During the regular season, San Francisco was first in the league in point differential at +173, while the Eagles were third at +133. Current pregame betting lines are calling for a close and relatively high-scoring affair, while the prop betting menu has a number of options.
Brock Purdy was fantastic in San Francisco’s win over the Seahawks in the opening round, but the offense was muted in last week’s game with the Cowboys. For the two postseason games, he has thrown for a total of 546 yards and three TDs to go along with 24 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. After not looking like his usual self in the regular season finale, Jalen Hurts appeared to not be suffering from his sprained shoulder in the win over the Giants. He threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns and also racked up 34 rushing yards and another TD.
Christian McCaffrey has been a force out of the backfield for San Francisco. For the playoffs, he already has 193 combined yards and two TDs. As a whole, the 49ers have rushed for 294 yards through two games. The Eagles had 268 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground in their beatdown of the Giants. Kenneth Gainwell led the way with a stat line of 12/112/1 and broke off the team’s longest run at 35 yards.
Deebo Samuel has been the top option in the 49ers’ postseason passing attack, but George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk have also been doing their part. Through two games, Samuel has hauled in 10 of 16 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, and he also has 43 rushing yards. During the Eagles’ win over New York, Devonta Smith and Dallas Goedert were the most productive receivers, while A.J. Brown had a quiet night.
On the scoring front, both the 49ers and Eagles have been spreading the wealth around. Four different players have hit pay dirt for San Francisco, with McCaffrey the lone player to find the end zone twice. For the Eagles, it was a different player carrying the ball across the goal line for each of the team’s five TDs in the win over the Giants.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs same-game parlays
- Sunday, Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m. ET
- Spread: Bengals , Chiefs
- Moneyline: Bengals , Chiefs
- Total: Over/under
After taking care of the Ravens in the opening round of the playoffs, the Bengals were six-point underdogs for Sunday’s trip to Buffalo. That spread would prove to be way off the mark. Cincinnati dominated the action from the onset and cruised to a 27-10 victory on a wintry day. The top-seeded Chiefs returned to action on Saturday with a visit from the Jaguars. Kansas City pulled out a 27-20 win in a competitive affair and managed to avoid disaster, as Patrick Mahomes went down with an ankle injury and missed a few series. He has been able to practice in full, however, and is on track to play in the title game. Pregame lines point to this one being close to a toss-up, while there are plenty of options when it comes to props.
Just like the regular season, Joe Burrow has been playing great in the playoffs, throwing for 451 yards and three TDs thus far, and also rushing for 40 yards and another touchdown. Patrick Mahomes had to exit the win over the Jaguars due to injury, but he was able to return and finish out the game. He completed 22 of 30 on the day for 195 yards and a pair of TDs.
The Bengals have racked up 223 rushing yards through two games, with Joe Mixon accounting for 144. The Chiefs ran for 144 versus the Jaguars. Isiah Pacheco led the way with 12 carries for 95 yards. After closing out the regular season strong, Jerrick McKinnon disappointed in the playoff opener with 11 carries for 25 yards.
Ja’Marr Chase has been the top weapon in the Bengals’ passing attack with a postseason stat line of 14/145/2. Hayden Hurst has been a solid contributor, while the production has been light from both Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. For the Chiefs, Travis Kelce was a dominant force on Saturday, picking up 14 receptions on 17 attempts for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Kadarius Toney received the second-most looks with seven.
Cincinnati has scored five TDs through two games — three through the air and two on the ground — with four players hitting the end zone. Chase has crossed the goal line twice. Kansas City had three passing TDs in the win over Jacksonville, with Kelce accounting for two of them and Marquez Valdes-Scantling getting the other.
What are NFL same-game parlays?
For a standard parlay, bettors can combine wagers from multiple games and sports. Same-game parlays let you do the same thing with wagers from a single matchup. Just like a traditional parlay, you have to get all of the legs of a same-game parlay correct in order to win. If you get just a single pick wrong, your parlay loses.
Part of the appeal is the potential return. It can quickly add up based on the number of legs you include and the odds for each one. However, it’s always best to balance any potential winnings against the risk, as this is a tough bet to win consistently.
Odds and payouts for NFL same-game parlays
The odds and potential payouts for same-game parlays will vary based on the number of legs that you include, the odds for each leg, and how much you bet. For example, let’s consider this Week 1 game line from the FanDuel betting app.
Let’s say that we like the Bills to win the game outright and for the total to go over 52.5 points. We simply have to click on the odds for those two choices to add them to the slip.
By adding the two choices together, we get odds of +250. For a $50 bet, we could win back $125.38 if we got both our picks correct. Here’s what happens if we add a spread bet:
We’ve added in another variable, but the odds have only increased slightly. What gives? In this case, the Bills winning the game outright and covering by a single point is a highly correlated play. The sportsbook isn’t about to pay us a premium for that outcome.
When betting on SGPs, pay close attention to the odds as you add selections to your slip. One of the knocks against this type of bet is that bettors aren’t getting a fair shake from sportsbooks when it comes to the potential payout in relation to the risk.
While that’s fair in certain cases, the bottom line is this: Bettors can vote with their wallets on what is or isn’t fair. If you’re not happy with the odds that you’re getting for an SGP or another bet at your book of choice, then see if there are better odds elsewhere.
NFL same-game parlay house rules
The standard same-game parlay rules apply everywhere: All of your selections must be from the same contest. If you get all of the legs correct, you win. Otherwise, you lose.
An individual sportsbook may also have its own rules for SGPs. For example, here’s a summary of the house rules at DraftKings for same-game parlays:
- A game is abandoned in the event that it does not start in the originally scheduled week of the league (Thursday to Wednesday for the NFL).
- If the game starts but is then postponed to outside of the same scheduling week, then it’s abandoned.
- For all player bets, the player must play at least one snap for bets on him to have action. Players who do not do so count as “non-participating players.” Bets will be void for players who appear as “inactive” or “did not play.”
While there’s a lot of uniformity in sports betting, house rules can vary for individual bets. As a result, it’s good practice to review the rules wherever you plan to bet on the NFL this season so that you know what to expect.
Strategy for NFL same-game parlays
While this is a challenging wager, there are a few ways to improve your chances. Here’s a trio of tips to keep in mind while building SGP tickets:
- Correlated plays: You can look for outcomes that tend to tie together. For example, if you expect a star QB to light it up, then one or two of his top targets could potentially be in line for big games, as well. On the opposite end, if you think a strong defensive effort is coming for one side, then the opposing offense could come up short.
- Look beyond offense: Offense tends to sell tickets and attract eyeballs in the NFL. As such, much of the betting public will focus on offensive production and lean toward the over. Bettors who dig deeper into the less glamorous aspects of the game may find some gems. While doing your research, spend some time on props for the kickers and defenses.
- Keep it realistic: While it’s natural to dream of a big score, the chances of hitting a 10-leg SGP are astronomical. Sure, it could happen, but you have a much better chance of winning with two, three or four legs. If you like the entertainment factor of a massive SGP, then play for fun at very small stakes. However, if you’re looking for real chances to win, make the bets realistic.
Are NFL same-game parlays worth it?
Ultimately, the answer to this question comes down to personal preference. Same-game parlays offer the chance to win big, but they are far from easy to win consistently. It’s imperative to understand and be comfortable with the risk vs. the reward.
From an entertainment perspective, a same-game parlay can certainly enhance your enjoyment of a game. Depending on what you bet on, you could have something to root for right from the opening kickoff through to the final whistle.
You should always bet responsibly with disposable income that you can afford to lose. If you like the fun of putting together SGPs and the rooting interest they provide, then they can be worth it. For those who prefer a little more predictability, SGPs may not be for you.
Are NFL same-game parlays available at all sportsbooks?
Same-game parlays for the NFL are available at many top legal online sportsbooks, including DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars and FanDuel. However, the exact name of the wager may vary by sportsbook. For example, BetMGM calls them “one game” parlays.
How do you win NFL same-game parlays?
To win a same-game parlay, you need to get all of its individual legs correct. If any of them end up being wrong, you lose. As always, there are no guarantees with sports betting. It’s impossible to win all the time, so be sure to bet responsibly.
What happens to same-game parlays if the sportsbook voids one leg?
Most sportsbooks will consider the entire parlay void if they void one leg. However, you should review the house rules wherever you play, as individual books can have their own specific rules for something like this.