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Peyton Manning the Focus of Top Super Bowl 50 Betting Props

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All eyes will be on quarterback Peyton Manning when the five-time NFL MVP leads the Denver Broncos into action against the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50 as 5.5-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Manning will be making his fourth career Super Bowl appearance in Sunday’s matchup at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a +275 bet on the odds to win the Super Bowl MVP award for the second time in his career, trailing only Panthers pivot Cam Newton who remains perched as -130 chalk to claim the honor this weekend.

It proved to be a less than stellar regular season for Manning, who threw for a career-low 2,249 yards and nine touchdowns while being hampered by a nagging foot injury that resulted in him missing six contests.

That has led to rampant speculation that the Super XLI MVP will wrap up his illustrious career following Sunday’s matchup, with +500 odds on the Super Bowl 50 props that Manning will announce his retirement in a postgame interview, and +600 odds of the quarterback being overcome by emotion and shedding a tear live on television.

Manning silenced the naysayers in the Broncos’ 20-18 victory over New England last week, powering the Denver offense to a pair of early touchdown scores and a lead that the club would not relinquish en route to their second AFC Championship Game victory over the Patriots in the past three years.

The 39-year-old’s two touchdown throws against New England ended a three-game stretch in which Manning failed to connect with a receiver in the end zone, and just the sixth game this season that he completed a scoring pass.

Those struggles are reflected in the Super Bowl quarterbacks props at the sportsbooks, where the line on total touchdown passes thrown by Manning on Sunday is set at 1.5, with the UNDER favored with -125 odds.

Manning’s passing yardage has also dropped off this season, cracking 300 yards in a game just twice after shattering that mark on seven occasions in 2014. The Broncos pivot has averaged just 199 passing yards per game in this year’s playoffs, but is a -125 favorite to throw OVER 235.5 yards against the Panthers.

Interceptions were too common this year for Manning, who tossed 17 picks on just 331 attempts during the regular season. Not surprisingly, Manning is a -225 bet to throw at least one pick on Sunday, while the odds of him making OVER 35.5 attempts are pegged at -125.

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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