Super Bowl XLVI is now set as the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will face off in Indianapolis on February 5th, 2012. The big game will matchup one of the hottest teams in the NFC Vs. one of the top offenses in the AFC.
Oddsmakers have opened the odds at New England -3. The total is 55.
New England defeated Baltimore 23-20 in a game that had many twists and turns and the game wasn’t decided until the final seconds. The Ravens covered the point-spread as New England was -7. The game went under the total of 48 points.
The Ravens had plenty of opportunities in the 4th quarter. Flacco was intercepted in one drive the big blow came with 11 seconds left and the Ravens lining up for a chip shot 32 year old field goal that would have sent the game in to overtime. Cundiff missed badly sending the Patriots back to the Super Bowl and giving Belichick and Brady a chance at their 4th Super Bowl trophy together.
Tom Brady completed 22-of-36 for 239 yards. He threw two picks with no touchdowns for a QB rating of 57.5.
One gambler who had Baltimore +7 said, “Brady took a dump and the Patriots got lucky to win this game”
Flacco will receive some criticism in Baltimore for not getting the job done, regardless of Billy Cundiff missing a field goal he will make 9 out of 10 times. Flacco’s stat sheet was 22-of-36 for 306 yards. He threw two touchdowns and one interception for a 95.4 passer rating.
It’s also been reported that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will not be invited back.
New England did a good job containing Ray Rice. Rice ran for 67 yards on 21 carries (3.2 avg). He had a long run of 12 yards. Green-Ellis gave the Patriots 68 yards on only 15 carries. He had a long run of 13 yards and a touchdown.
In San Francisco, the Giants and Niners went back and forth with both teams having several chances last few minutes of the 4th quarter but in the end it was a muffed punt by Kyle Williams in overtime that gave the Giants the ball inside 49ers territory and Lawrence Tynes ended up kicking a 31 yard game winner with 7:30 on the clock. The 20-17 Giants win went under the total. The Giants were +2.5 in the game.
Eli Manning had another big game for the Giants, going 32-for-58 for 316 yards including two touchdowns. Alex Smith had an efficient game in the Niners loss.
The Giants were 100-1 in betting odds futures not to long ago and considered dead by many. It’s been reported that a Giants Super Bowl win would be a bad loss for the bookmakers.
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