Wed, Dec 20, 8:53am by Head Editor
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have come back to haunt the Pittsburgh Steelers again, coming from behind to defeat their AFC rivals 27-24.
The Patriots hit the front with 56 seconds left on the clock, when Dion Lewis scored from eight metres out. The win secures the reigning Super Bowl champions a record ninth AFC title in a row.
Gronkowski finished with nine receptions for 168 yards, including three on the winning drive. The result sees the Patriots move into $3.30 from $3.50 to defend their NFL Championship.
It could have been a different story for the Steelers, who looked to have taken the lead back with 28 seconds remaining when Ben Roethlisberger found tight end Jesse James for what was called a touchdown by the referee on the field.
The play was overturned on review however, with video official Tony Corrente saying the ball did not “survive” the completion of the catch. The Steelers moved in from $7 to $5.50 after their win over Baltimore Ravens last week, but this loss sees them move back out to that mark.
In the NFC West battle between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks, the Californian franchise flexed some muscle, scoring a massive win by a score of 42-7.
The win sees the Rams firm into $10, behind the Minnesota Vikings, who are now assessed as a $7 chance, after they secured the NFC North crown with a 34-7 win over Cincinnati Bengals.
Nick Foles started for the Philadelphia Eagles in the absence of the injured Carson Wentz and didn’t let the side down, throwing for four touchdowns in Philly’s 34-29 win over New York Giants. The win sees the Eagles firm from $11 to $10.
The New Orleans Saints are right behind the Eagles at $11, following their 31-19 win over the other New York franchise, the Jets, while the Jacksonville Jaguars secured their first playoff appearance in over a decade with a 45-7 belting of Houston Texans.
Dallas were made to work by Oakland, with Dan Bailey slotting a game-winning 19-yard field goal with 1:44 remaining. Dallas remain a $67 shot to lift the Lombardi trophy.
At the other end of the table, Cleveland lost 27-10 to Baltimore, which means they are just two losses away from a winless season.
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