Packers favored at home against Seahawks

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(OddsShark.com) – The Green Bay Packers will be looking to avenge their 28-22 loss to Seattle in last season’s NFC Championship Game when they host the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football as 3.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Packers, who remain perched atop the Super Bowl 50 odds as 5/1 chalk, will also be gunning for their first straight up victory over the Seahawks in their last three meetings.

But despite being owned by their conference rivals in recent clashes, Green Bay has dominated in meetings on home turf, and enters Sunday night’s Seahawks vs. Packers betting matchup at Lambeau Field riding a five-game home winning streak against Seattle, going 3-1-1 against the spread.

Green Bay kicked off the new season on a winning note in Week 1, topping the Chicago Bears 31-23, covering as 6-point favorites to extend their current SU and ATS win streak to three games.

The Packers have also been dominant at Lambeau, going 9-0 SU in their last nine, 6-2-1 ATS, to record a perfect home record during the 2014 season.

High-scoring games have been commonplace during Green Bay’s run of perfection at home, with the point total finishing OVER in seven of their last nine at home, averaging a whopping 58.67 points per game during that stretch.

The Seahawks have stumbled out of the gate this season, suffering their second consecutive SU loss to the Rams in St. Louis last weekend. Seattle traveled to St. Louis as 3.5-point favorites, but were outgained 352-343 by the Rams, who controlled the ball for over 37 minutes in their 34-31 win.

The defending NFC champs have now failed to post an ATS win in their last four outings, going 0-3-1 according to the OddsShark NFL Database including failing to cover as 8.5-point favorites against the Packers in their conference title matchup.

The Seahawks’ recent inability to cover spreads coincides with a spike in point totals which has seen the OVER prevail in five of their last six games.

That trend reversal has been driven by an increase in offense by opponents, who have averaged 25.25 points per game in the last four against Seattle, following a Seahawks run in which they surrendered just 6.5 points per game in their previous six.

Seattle may be paying the price for their inconsistency at the sportsbooks, where they have slipped to 15/2 in Super Bowl 50 betting, and now trail both the Packers and the New England Patriots after opening as 11/2 favorites in mid-February.

Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for skipping White House trip

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HOUSTON (AP) Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says he is not worried about upsetting team owner Robert Kraft by not attending New England’s trip to the White House as Super Bowl champions.

Bennett said after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons on Sunday night that he’s “not going to go” to the traditional meet-and-greet with the president. It will be the first visit of a Super Bowl champion to Washington since Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Trump’s positions have alienated some athletes, which has raised questions about whether some might choose to skip the trip while the new president is in office.

But Bennett said he isn’t concerned about it and thinks the team believes “in whatever I want to do.”

Kraft is a supporter of Trump and attended a celebration dinner in Washington for him the night before his inauguration.

Patriots’ Tom Brady earns 4th Super Bowl MVP trophy with epic comeback

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HOUSTON (AP) The greatest quarterback in NFL history led the biggest Super Bowl comeback to be the MVP on Sunday night.

Tom Brady rallied New England from a 25-point third-quarter deficit for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history to earn his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth MVP trophy.

“They’re all sweet,” he said. “They’re all different and this was just an incredible team and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” he said.

Brady threw touchdown passes of 5 and 6 yards in the second half and tied things at 28-28 when he connected withDanny Amendola on a 2-point conversion with 57 seconds left.

He then directed the drive in overtime which ended with a 2-yard run by James White to make the Patriots the first team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.

“We all brought each other back,” he said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle.”

His performance certainly wasn’t without its struggles. His incredible second half and overtime came after a first half where the Patriots managed just three points and he threw an interception which Robert Alford returned 82 yards for a touchdown. He was hurried and harassed for much of the games. The Falcons sacked him five times and hit him on another eight occasions.

He noted the beating he took when he was trying to recount the details of the comeback and couldn’t remember what the score was at one point in the rally.

“There was a lot of (stuff) that happened tonight,” he said. “I got hit pretty hard.”

His 466 yards passing are a Super Bowl record, surpassing the 414 yards Kurt Warner had 17 years ago. He also set a record for most passes completed in a Super Bowl with 43 and most attempts with 62.

He is the first to play in seven Super Bowls and the victory ties him with Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings.

After all Brady has done in his career, was this his finest moment?

“Tom’s had a lot of great ones,” coach Bill Belichick said. “But, yeah tonight was one of them.”

It’s a triumphant end to a difficult season for Brady, who missed the first four games because of his “Deflategate” suspension and dealt with his mother Galynn Brady suffering through an undisclosed illness. The Super Bowl was the first game she’s attended all season.

“They’re all happy,” he said fighting back tears. “It’s nice to have everybody here and it’s going to be a great celebration tonight.”

He shared a quick moment with her right after the game, but was looking forward to more time with her in the upcoming days.

“It’s kind of madness after the game so I didn’t get much quality time with her but we’ll get it this week,” he said.

But he certainly wasn’t asking for sympathy for his rough road to this title though, chuckling when someone asked about the adversity the Patriots have gone through in the past couple of years.

“We’ve done pretty good over the last few years … so I don’t think anyone’s feeling bad for the Patriots,” he said. “I don’t think anyone feels bad for the Patriots.”

Brady also collected the MVP trophy in 2001, 2003 and 2014.

“It was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re going to remember this one for the rest of our lives,” Brady said.

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