The Patriots are still trying to close out the Colts in the AFC Championship game, but Super Bowl lines are starting to trickle out of the offshore sports books and some Las Vegas sports books as well. The Seahawks, fresh off their miracle win over Green Bay, are favored by 2.5 over New England. That won’t last for long though. New England money is all but certain to push that number down.
The total is set at 49.
Shooting themselves in their feet and being outclassed much of the game by Green Bay, the Seahawks staged an miracle comeback and beat the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into the extra period on the only possession.
The Seahawks became the first defending champion to make the Super Bowl in 10 years. How they got there was stunning. Seattle trailed 19-7 with about four minutes remaining and had been ineffective on offense all game.
Wilson finally put a drive together with passes to Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch — initially ruled a touchdown but called back because he stepped out. Wilson finished with a 1-yard scoring run to cut the lead to 19-14 with 2:09 left.
Seattle recovered a bobbled onside kick at the 50, and Lynch sped and powered his way to a 24-yard TD run. Wilson’s desperate 2-point conversion pass was hauled in by Luke Willson to make it 22-19.
Then Aaron Rodgers led the Packers (13-5) to Mason Crosby’s fifth field goal, from 48 yards with 14 seconds to go to force overtime.
Then Wilson and Kearse struck, with Kearse beating Tramon Williams on the winning pass. Kearse caught the winning TD in last year’s conference title win over San Francisco, too.
New England has taken a 31-7 lead over Indianapolis in the third quarter, and is all but certain to advance to the Super Bowl.