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Packers favored over Broncos in SNF matchup of unbeatens

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A pair of undefeated teams square off this week on Sunday Night Football when the Green Bay Packers travel to Denver to take on the Broncos as 3-point road favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Packers ride a perfect 6-0 straight-up record into the Mile High City after eking out a 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers last week, failing to cover as 10-point chalk to incur their first against-the-spread loss of the season.

Their seven-point victory over the Chargers also marks Green Bay’s slimmest win of the season after picking up their five previous victories by an average margin of over 11 points per game, and they enter Sunday night’s Packers vs. Broncos betting matchup at Sports Authority Field having surrendered just 15.6 points per game over their last five contests.

Green Bay’s success has largely been built on standout play at home, winning their last 13 SU in the friendly confines of Lambeau Field, 9-3-1 ATS, along with a pair of dominating wins in Chicago and San Francisco earlier this season.

However, the Packers have been ordinary at times on the road, picking up SU wins in just six of their last 11, both SU and ATS, but are 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven as road chalk according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Denver enjoyed a bye last week after moving to 6-0 with its 26-23 Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns. The win was far from a cakewalk for the Broncos, which blew a nine-point fourth-quarter lead before rebounding with a game-winning field goal in overtime.

Slim victories have been the Broncos’ trademark this season, narrowly getting past the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings with late-game heroics, with the club struggling to produce offense at times, falling to 29th in the NFL in total yards per game.

Denver has dominated on defense, holding opposing passers to a league-leading 192.2 yards per game, and trails only the Packers in points allowed, surrendering just 17.0 per game.

But it has been 16 years since the Broncos recorded a win over Green Bay, losing three straight since, twice getting blown out by the Packers by 26 points or more, while quarterback Peyton Manning is just 1-2 SU in three career clashes with the Pack, tossing eight touchdown passes against three interceptions.

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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