Fri, Feb 2, 10:28am by Staff Writer
The top-seeded team in the AFC, the New England Patriots and the top-seeded team in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles will meet in the 52nd Super Bowl on Monday morning AEDST.
New England is making a record 10th appearance in the Super Bowl and will aim to become the first team since the 2003 and 2004 Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
The Eagles are 7-6 all-time against the Patriots, with that statistic including a 24-21 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 39.
These teams last played on December 6, 2015 when the Eagles were victorious at home 35-28.
On that day, New England’s leading rusher was LeGarrette Blount, who now lines up for New England’s opponents, the Eagles.
Philadelphia have been underdogs in both of their home playoff matches this season against the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings.
Oddsmakers have been underestimating the Eagles since Carson Wentz’s ACL injury, with quarterback Nick Foles a more than handy replacement.
The last team to win three consecutive playoff games were the Baltimore Ravens in 2012.
Nick Foles will be hoping to become the 10th backup quarterback to win a Super Bowl, the last being Tom Brady in 2001.
Philadelphia were dominant in their unexpectedly easy 38-7 win against the Vikings a fortnight ago.
Nick Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns against the top ranked defence in the NFL.
The ‘home’ team for the Super Bowl, the Patriots rallied from a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20.
Tom Brady connected with his receivers for two late touchdown passes, with the win being Brady’s fourth career playoff victory when at least 10 points behind in the fourth quarter.
He famously rallied the Patriots last season in the Super Bowl when they were down 28-3 against the Falcons late in the third quarter.
Brady’s number one target Rob Gronkowski was absent during the second half of the AFC Championship Game and remains under the concussion protocol. It would be an enormous blow to the Patriots if Gronkowski was to miss the Super Bowl through concussion.
After opening as 6.5-point underdogs, all of the support has been for the Eagles who have been backed into 4.5 point underdogs at $1.95.
The head-to-head market has also seen good support for the Eagles, who opened at over $3 at Sportsbet and are now into $2.72.
All of the money for the Super Bowl MVP is centered on both teams’ quarterbacks with Tom Brady the unbackable $1.62 favourite.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is next best at $4.50 at Sportsbet.
These are been support for the under total points market, with the mark set at 48 and $1.85 at Sportsbet. Over 48 points is at $1.99.
With both of these teams not afraid to throw the ball and the match being played under the roof in Minneapolis, the over appears the more tempting of the two wagers in that market.
Patriots receiver Rob Gronkowski is the market leader in the first touchdown market at $8 at Sportsbet, ahead of Dion Lewis at $9.50 and Eagles tight end Zach Ertz at $9.50.
There are a number of player performance doubles available at Sportsbet, including Tom Brady to throw 300+ yards and New England to win which is paying $3.
The Patriots to win by 1-13 points is the most popular market in the big Win Little Win market, ahead of a Philadelphia 1-13 point win at $3.36.
The Super Bowl is traditionally a tight contest, so we are happy to back Philadelphia with the 4.5-point start.
A promotion at Sportsbet worth keeping an eye on is the 10 Points Up, You Win promotion, which plays out on your head-to-head selection as soon as they go up 10 points.
Most of all, enjoy the Super Bowl and all of the grandeur that accompanies one of the biggest days on the sporting calendar.
Best bet- Philadelphia Eagles to cover 4.5-point handicap at $1.95
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