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Cardinals Favorites on Updated Super Bowl Betting Futures

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The Arizona Cardinals closed out their regular season schedule on a low note, falling 36-6 to the Seattle Seahawks in their worst loss of the campaign. However, that defeat has not impacted their odds to win the Super Bowl at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, where they have emerged as 17/4 favorites.

The No. 2 seed Cardinals also enter their NFC Divisional Round matchup with the Green Bay Packers as 17/10 favorites to represent the NFC at Super Bowl 50, which will be held on their home turf at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Patriots then trail Arizona on the Super Bowl betting lines, holding steady at 9/2.

The 12-4 Patriots struggled down the stretch, suffering straight-up losses in four of their last six games, dropping to the No. 2 seed in the AFC, and have recorded just two straight-up wins in their past eight outings. However, they maintain their perch as 8/5 favorites to win the AFC championship and see action on Super Sunday for the third time in the past five years.

Injuries severely hobbled the Patriots during their season-ending slide, with receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski all missing time. All three of quarterback Tom Brady‘s favorite targets, though, are expected to be in action when New England begins their title defense against the Chiefs on Saturday.

The Chiefs punched their ticket to the Divisional Round with a 30-0 rout of the Houston Texans on Sunday, posting their 11th straight victory overall, and their first playoff win since 1994 according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

But with their last win at New England coming back in 1990, Kansas City sits back at 9/1 on the Super Bowl odds, and as a 4/1 longshot to claim the AFC crown.

The 15-1 Carolina Panthers must face the red-hot Seattle Seahawks in their NFC Divisional Round matchup, tempering their Super Bowl odds, which have slipped to 5/1, just ahead of the Seahawks at 11/2.

The Panthers hold the edge on Seattle in NFC conference betting with 19/10 odds, while the Seahawks are pegged as an intriguing 7/2 bet.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 18-16 Wild Card win over Cincinnati came at a cost, with both pivot Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Antonio Brown suffering injuries that leave them considered questionable for their clash with Denver on Sunday.

The Steelers have slipped to 12/1 on the odds to win the Super Bowl, alongside the Packers, while the Broncos join the Seahawks at 11/2, and trail New England with 11/5 odds to claim the conference championship.

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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