Exactly one month from today, Super Bowl 56 will take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. But what will the Super Bowl matchup be when America’s biggest sporting event kicks off on February 13?
The most popular type of Super Bowl betting is betting on who will win the game. But in addition to wagering on which team will lift the Lombardi Trophy, bettors can also make bets on what the specific Super Bowl matchup will be.
As per the latest Super Bowl 56 odds, the likeliest matchup would be a rematch of a game from earlier in the 2021 NFL season.
Super Bowl Matchup Odds Favor Chiefs-Packers Matchup
In Week 9, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs edged the Green Bay Packers 13-7 at Arrowhead Stadium. That matchup was supposed to be a showdown of two top NFL quarterbacks and NFL MVP candidates. But Aaron Rodgers’ COVID positive changed the outlook and outcome completely.
Ultimately, it did not keep the Packers from landing the NFC’s top seed. Nor did it destroy Rodgers’ MVP hopes. With the NFL regular season completed, Rodgers is a heavy favorite to be named NFL MVP for the fourth time.
If NFL playoff results shake out as they could, the Super Bowl matchup will treat us to what we didn’t get to see in the first matchup.
With how many NFL upsets there have been this season, don’t count out the possibility that there could be a number of NFL playoff upsets over the coming weeks. But for now, Super Bowl matchup odds strongly favor a Chiefs-Packers rematch.
While that is the likeliest Super Bowl matchup, several other potential matchups also carry significant intrigue.
That includes a reprise of the Super Bowl 55 matchup between the Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unforgettably, the Bucs made Super Bowl history in their 31-9 win over the Chiefs last February, as the Super Bowl venue was the Bucs’ home stadium.
The Chiefs-Bucs showdown in Tampa was also a rematch of a game played in the regular season. Similarly, a number of potential Super Bowl 56 matchups would be as well.
Let’s take a look at the current Super Bowl 56 matchup odds.
Correct Super Bowl 56 Matchup Odds (Entering the NFL Playoffs)
Kansas City Chiefs vs Green Bay Packers (+650)
Last Chiefs vs Packers Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs 13, Green Bay Packers 7 (November 7, 2021)
The Chiefs may not be the top seed in the AFC, but AFC title odds place them atop the field. The Packers, meanwhile, are both the NFC’s top seed and the NFC title favorite.
As mentioned above, the Packers were without Rodgers and had to start backup Jordan Love in their Week 9 matchup.
Love filled in admirably enough, but the Packers were held scoreless for over 55 minutes. That negated a strong defensive effort against Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense.
Tennessee Titans vs Green Bay Packers (+1000)
Last Titans vs Packers Matchup: Green Bay Packers 40, Tennessee Titans 14 (December 27, 2020)
Thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Chiefs, the Titans are sitting pretty in the NFL playoff bracket. But the top seed in the AFC slots in behind the Chiefs in the AFC pecking order odds-wise.
If the Titans can reach their first Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXXIV, the Super Bowl matchup could feature top seeds for the first time since Super Bowl LII.
In the previous Titans-Packers matchup, Rodgers threw four touchdown passes and A.J. Dillon ran for 124 yards and two scores as the Packers dominated at Lambeau Field in a post-Christmas rout.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1100)
Last Chiefs vs Bucs Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Kansas City Chiefs 9 (Super Bowl 55)
Unsurprisingly, these two teams entered the season as Super Bowl 56 favorites after their Super Bowl 55 showdown. As the Chiefs did in the AFC, the Bucs secured the second seed in the NFC. So, if there is to be a Super Bowl rematch, both teams must win three games to make it happen.
Buffalo Bills vs Green Bay Packers (+1100)
Last Bills vs Packers Matchup: Green Bay Packers 22, Buffalo Bills 0 (September 30, 2018)
Buffalo finished with the third seed in the AFC, but the Bills’ recent results have them poised for another AFC title game run. The AFC East champions enter the playoffs with a four-game win streak.
When the Bills met the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 4 of the 2018 season, Josh Allen was a rookie and making his third NFL start. It didn’t go so well, as he completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions. To date, that is the last time the Bills were shut out.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Rams (+1400)
Last Chiefs vs Rams Matchup: Los Angeles Rams 54, Kansas City Chiefs 51 (November 19, 2018)
The Rams let the second seed in the NFC slip through their fingers against the 49ers, and coming out on the short end of a playoff seeding tiebreaker to the Dallas Cowboys means that the Rams are the fourth seed instead.
But they, unlike the Chargers, their stadium-sharing brethren, the Rams still have a shot at copying what the Bucs did last season. And if the Super Bowl matchup happens to pit them against the Chiefs, it would be the first time the two teams meet since one of the highest-scoring games in NFL history.
In that matchup, the two teams combined for over 800 passing yards, over 1,000 total yards, seven turnovers, three defensive touchdowns, 14 total touchdowns, and 105 points. That remains the third-most points in a game in NFL history and the most in any game since 2004.
If you need to be reminded how wild that game was, the full game is available on the NFL’s official YouTube channel.
Other Potential Super Bowl 56 Matchups
- Tennessee Titans vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1600)
- Kansas City Chiefs vs Dallas Cowboys (+1700)
- Buffalo Bills vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1800)
- Tennessee Titans vs Los Angeles Rams (+2100)
- Cincinnati Bengals vs Green Bay Packers (+2200)
Super Bowl matchup odds listed above are from FanDuel Sportsbook as of Thursday, January 13, 2021.
Historical Matchup Facts and Figures
Question: How many times have two teams met in the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons?
It would seem like this would have occurred more than once, but that is not the case. The only the same two teams have contested the title in consecutive seasons is when the Cowboys and Bills met in Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII. The Cowboys won both meetings.
Question: How many overall repeat matchups have there been in the Super Bowl?
- Miami Dolphins vs Washington Football Team: Super Bowl VII (Miami 14, Washington 7) and Super Bowl XVII (Washington 27, Miami 17)
- Dallas Cowboys vs Pittsburgh Steelers: Super Bowl X (Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17), Super Bowl XIII (Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31), and Super Bowl XXX (Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17)
- Cincinnati Bengals vs San Francisco 49ers: Super Bowl XVI (San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21) and Super Bowl XIII (San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16)
- Buffalo Bills vs Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl XXVII (Dallas 52, Buffalo 17) and Super Bowl XXVIII (Dallas 30, Buffalo 13)
- New England Patriots vs St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams: Super Bowl XXXVI (New England 20, St. Louis 17) and Super Bowl LIII (New England 13, Los Angeles 3)
- New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles: Super Bowl XXXIX (New England 24, Philadelphia 21) and Super Bowl LII (Philadelphia 41, New England 33)
- New England Patriots vs New York Giants: Super Bowl XLII (New York 17, New England 14) and Super Bowl XLVI (New York 21, New England 17)
Question: How many rookie starting quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl?
In fact, the Super Bowl has never featured a rookie starting quarterback. If Mac Jones and the Patriots reach and win Super Bowl 56, history would be made in both of those areas.
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