Surging Giants favorites over 49ers on Sunday Night Football

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( — The San Francisco 49ers will look to halt a three-game straight up losing streak when they visit the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football as 7-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by

The 49ers failed to reach 200 total yards of offense for a second straight game last weekend in a 17-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, falling short as 7.5-point underdogs to record their ninth straight loss against the spread.

San Francisco travels to New York for Sunday night’s Niners vs. Giants betting matchup without an offensive touchdown in their past two outings, with the offense tallying just two major scores to date this season, both coming on passes by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the club’s brutal 43-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2.

The Niners also continue to feel the effects from the loss of a number of key defensive personnel during the offseason, allowing 383 yards per game and 27.5 points per game, while the 49ers offensive line has allowed Kaepernick to get sacked 14 times so far this year, putting him on pace to eclipse last season’s NFC-leading 52 sacks.

Fortunately for San Francisco, the Giants defense has not fared much better, surrendering 386.0 total yards per game, but held the Buffalo Bills to just 303 total yards in a 24-10 upset win last weekend, taking home the SU victory as 6.5-point road underdogs.

With the Dallas Cowboys hobbled by injuries and the revamped Philadelphia Eagles failing to live up to expectations, opportunity knocks for the 2-2 Giants, who enter Week 5 deadlocked with the Cowboys and Washington Redskins in the NFC East standings.

Since enduring a seven-game SU losing streak, 1-6 ATS, midway through last season, the Giants are a respectable 5-3 SU in their last eight, 6-2 ATS, and have allowed just over 20 points per game during that stretch according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

New York dropped a 16-10 decision in their last meeting with the 49ers, failing to cover as 3.5-point home underdogs, but enjoy a solid 5-2 SU record in their last seven against San Francisco, and are 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 against the Niners.

Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for skipping White House trip


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


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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