Tue, Jan 24, 10:44am by Senior Writer
Both Conference deciders were lop-sided affairs with the Falcons surprisingly destroying the Green Bay Packers, establishing a 31-0 lead before winning 44-21, while the Patriots dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17.
Tom Brady had a massive game in Foxborough, throwing for 384 yards, including three touchdowns as the Patriots turned a 17-9 half-time lead to a 19-point win.
Wide receiver Chris Hogan had a breakout performance, with a playoff franchise record of 180 yards and two touchdowns, the best performance of his burgeoning career.
It saw the Patriots, who opened the season as $10 favourites, qualify for their second Superbowl in three years, having won Superbowl XLIX against Seattle in 2015.
The Patriots have now won nine straight matches with Brady imperious with 21 touchdowns and just three interceptions in that period.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, favoured by many to win the season MVP award, had a huge game against the Packers.
He threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns, completely outclassing Aaron Rodgers, who was said to be in the greatest form of any quarterback in history.
Two of Ryan’s touchdown passes went to Julio Jones, who was also dominant, while Ryan himself even got a rushing TD.
Ryan, who has become the first quarterback to record a passer rating of over 120 in six consecutive games, is $2.75 to win Superbowl MVP.
What is also significant is that Ryan has driven his team to a touchdown with the opening possession of each of the past eight games, something no other quarterback has ever done.
The Falcons would be the highest scoring offence to win a Superbowl should they triumph and certainly it shapes as a high-scoring decider.
The total match points line is at an extremely high 58 points, despite just one of the past 12 Superbowls having a total of higher than that amount.
A double combining the Patriots and the overs on the 57.5 total scoring line is $2.80, while the Patriots and under 57.5 is $3.
Seven of the past ten Superbowls have been decided by fewer than 14 points, and the Big Win Little Win Market sees a Patriots win by 1-13 at $2.08. A Falcons win by 1-13 is at $2.51, while a Patriots blowout is $6.40 and a Flacons blowout is $12.
New England Patriots $1.64
Atlanta Falcons $2.33
New England Patriots (-3.0) $1.94
Atlanta Falcons (+3.0) $1.90
Total Match Points
Over (58.0) $1.92
Under (58.0) $1.92
Super Bowl MVP
Tom Brady $1.91
Matt Ryan $2.75
Julio Jones $13.00
Julian Edelman $21.00
Dion Lewis $26.00
DeVonta Freeman $26.00
LeGarrette Blount $26.00
Others: $34 or Longer
Big Win Little Win
New England Patriots by 1-13 Pts $2.08
New England Patriots 14+ Pts $6.40
Atlanta Falcons by 1-13 Pts $2.51
Atlanta Falcons 14+ Pts $12
Match / Total Points Double
New England Patriots to win & Over 57.5 points $2.80
New England Patriots to win & Under 57.5 points $3.00
Atlanta Falcons to win & Over 57.5 points $3.50
Atlanta Falcons to win & Under 57.5 points $4.00
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