Panthers QB Newton Dominates Super Bowl MVP and Scoring Props

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It has been a dream season for quarterback Cam Newton, who has emerged as arguably the top pivot in the NFL while leading the Carolina Panthers to the NFC championship and the club’s first Super Bowl berth since 2004.

Selected first overall by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton has rewarded the team for their faith in him, throwing and running for a combined 45 touchdowns during the 2015 NFL regular season, and is now perched as the favorite on the odds to win the Super Bowl MVP at -140 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Newton, who set an NFL record for quarterbacks in his rookie year with 14 rushing touchdowns, is also getting plenty attention on the scoring props ahead of next Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium.

The 26-year-old leads the way as a strong +700 favorite to score the first touchdown at Super Bowl 50, ahead of teammates Greg Olsen and Jonathan Stewart, who sport 15/2 and 8/1 odds, respectively.

After leading all pivots with 10 rushing scores this season Newton added a pair of touchdown runs in Carolina’s 49-15 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game, and joins Stewart at -110 to score a touchdown at any time in the Super Bowl

Newton is also heavy +350 chalk to be the first Carolina player to find the end zone in the Panthers vs. Broncos matchup, once again edging out Stewart and Olsen who both trail with +450 odds.

The Panthers are an even-money bet to score OVER three touchdowns in the big game, while the Broncos are +135 longshots to eclipse 2.5 touchdown scores in their second Super Bowl appearance in three years. Denver will need another big performance out of Peyton Manning if they are going to pay out on the OVER.

While Manning joins Newton at the top of the Super Bowl MVP odds as a +275 bet, he is pegged as a +1600 longshot to reach the end zone himself at Super Bowl 50.

Manning has not tallied a rushing touchdown since Week 5 of the 2013 NFL season, but had his biggest game of the year in last week’s 20-18 AFC Championship Game victory over the New England Patriots, scrambling for 11 yards and tossing a pair of TD strikes.

Not surprisingly, Manning is also a +5000 longshot on the odds to score the first touchdown of the game, and a long +2000 bet to draw first blood for the Broncos.

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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