Super Bowl LI Matches Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots In Houston’s NRG Stadium February 5
By Will Brinson, CBS Sports // January 23, 2017
Patriots 3-Point Favorite Over Atlanta
ABOVE VIDEO: It appears the Patriots will be slight favorites over the Falcons, with New England checking in as a 3-point favorite over Atlanta at both 5 Dimes (offshore) and the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
(CBS SPORTS) – The 2017 NFL playoffs have not been very entertaining if you’re a fan of close games. One game (Cowboys-Packers) was fantastic, another one (Chiefs-Steelers) was alright and the rest were boring. We need Super Bowl LI to make up for it, and Vegas appears to believe that could happen, if the line for the matchup in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 5 is any indication.
It appears the Patriots will be slight favorites over the Falcons, with New England checking in as a 3-point favorite over Atlanta at both 5 Dimes (offshore) and the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
The real beauty of this is the possibility of a shootout coming, with the over/under of this game being set at 57.5 out of the gate.
That’s the highest number in Super Bowl history, narrowly beating out the 2009 Colts-Saints Super Bowl, which featured a total of 56.5 at close, per Pro-Football Reference.
It’s hard not to look for a huge game after the way the Patriots and Falcons looked on Sunday.
Matt Ryan and Atlanta absolutely carved up the Packers, with Ryan throwing for 392 yards and four touchdowns (no interceptions) in a game that was 24-0 at halftime and never close.
The Steelers gave Tom Brady and the Patriots less of a game, trailing 36-9 in the fourth quarter, when the books started to release the lines for Super Bowl LI. That’s how ugly the game, which ended with a 36-17 final, was: the line was already out there for the Falcons-Patriots matchup.
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