The bettors like the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
While the Patriots were finishing off their blowout win against Indianapolis in the AFC Championship game, the line moved from New England being a 2.5-point underdog against the Seattle Seahawks to the game being a pick.
Some places even had the Patriots favored for the Feb. 1 game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle opened as 2.5-point betting favorites at Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. The over-under is 48.5.
The line was released late in the third quarter of the AFC Championship game with New England leading by five touchdowns. CG Technology also had Seattle minus-2.5, but has adjusted to a pick ’em.
Seattle, who rallied to beat Green Bay in overtime today to win the NFC Championship and punch its ticket to the Super Bowl, is playing to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions since John Elway’s Denver Broncos in 1999.
While the Patriots are making their sixth Super Bowl appearance since 2002, they haven’t won the Super Bowl since taking down Philadelphia in 2005. They lost to the New York Giants in the 2012 and 2008 games, falling as 12-point favorites in 2008 when the Super Bowl was also played in Glendale.
That result started a trend in Las Vegas of the underdog covering the spread. In six of the past seven Super Bowl games, the underdog has covered. Four times it has won straight up.