The matchup for Super Bowl LI is set after the Patriots defeated the Steelers in the AFC and the Falcons defeated the Packers in the NFC. Both games were decidedly uneventful for the most part, unlike the excitement of the divisional round, where several games came down to the wire.
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The Falcons shut out the Packers in the first half to take a 24-0 lead, and they didn’t let up regarding scoring. Green Bay put up some points late, but they failed to make the game competitive, losing 44-21 in what will was the final game at the Georgia Dome.
The Patriots faced a familiar foe in the AFC Title game, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game was close going into the half, but Pittsburgh scored just 8 points in the final two-quarters, giving New England a resounding 36-17 victory.
The Patriots opened as a -3 favorite over the Falcons, and that’s where the odds stand as of now across the board. Many sportsbooks have the Patriots juiced a bit more than the Falcons, so there are a good chance bettors will see -115 attached vig to Patriots -3.
So far, betting action has been considerably heavier on the Patriots. About 70 percent of wagers so far have come in on New England at most offshore bookmakers. The odds haven’t budged from the key number of three points.
The total opened at 57.5 points. Bettors like the over so far, with over 75 percent of bets coming in on the over since the odds opened. The number has risen a full point to 58.5 at most shops, while some are holding firm at 58 points.
The current consensus odds across the betting markets as of this writing are Patriots -3 and 58.5.