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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots opened as a two-point underdog on the odds to win Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, but that line has since come down at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
That betting line now ranges between the Seahawks as one-point favorites and a pick ’em. The moneyline for the game, meanwhile, opened at Seahawks -143 and Patriots +129. That too has come down to Seahawks -115 and Patriots -105.
New England advanced to Super Bowl XLIX by easily covering in a 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots improved to 14-4 against the spread on the season. If the current line holds up, it will mark the sixth time this season that the Patriots have been a betting underdog. New England is 4-1 straight up and ATS in such games.
Seattle advanced to the Super Bowl…
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By Dan Bernstein-
CBSChicago.com senior columnist
(CBS) Just because the Packers choked away a Super Bowl appearance, it doesn’t mean the Bears are good.
To hear it from the airwaves and see it on social media, however, the lowest levels of Bears fandom are taking pride in Green Bay’s bad day to the point of wanting to revel publicly in schadenfreude.
It’s a bad look. And it’s stupid.
The Packers are the model for the Bears more than any rival, as new general manager Ryan Pace said when he was introduced. As long as Aaron Rodgers is there, the Bears are chasing whatever they’re doing. Fans of a terrible team confronting a massive rebuild are in no place to grave-dance after an NFC championship game of which they can only dream.
The joy of John Fox’s hiring notwithstanding, even a miserable Packers fan is in a much better place today.
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TORONTO – The New England Patriots are being investigated for allegedly deflating game balls during the AFC Championship game Sunday.
Indianapolis news station WTHR‘s Bob Kravitz first reported Sunday night the league is investigating after a game ball was taken off the field and out of circulation during the Patriots 45-7 romp over the Indianapolis Colts.
The ball was then reportedly weighed by officials.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed Monday morning the league is looking into the allegations.
According to NFL rules, game balls must be inflated to the weight of 12.5 – 13.5 pounds. Each team must provide 12 balls for a game, which are tested and weighed about two hours before game time.
Under-inflated balls are presumably easier to throw and catch.
Speaking with a Boston-area sports radio show Monday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called the allegations “ridiculous.”
“I think I’ve heard it all at this…
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