Patriots, 49ers favored Sunday; Patriots in Super Bowl
According to R.J. Bell of Pregame.com, a $100 bet on the Patriots to win it all would pay $120 if New England makes good on that; both the 49ers and Giants would pay $350, and the Ravens would pay $600.
The Patriots are 7 1/2-point favorites over the visiting Ravens, the first time since 2007 that Baltimore has been an underdog of more than a touchdown.
The 49ers are 2 1/2-point favorites over the Giants, the first time in the past 10 seasons a conference championship favorite is favored by less than a field goal.
Citing Cal-Neva sportsbooks, Bell listed the Super Bowl exacta odds as follows:
($100 on result wins . . . )
Patriots beat 49ers: $220
Patriots beat Giants: $350
49ers beat Patriots: $500
Giants beat Patriots: $600
Ravens beat 49ers: $1000
49ers beat Ravens: $1000
Ravens beat Giants: $1200
Giants beat Ravens: $1200
Also, some possible fallout from the high-scoring Packers and Saints getting knocked out: Before divisional weekend, the NFC was favored by four points over the AFC. Now, the AFC is favored by four over the NFC.
-- Sam Farmer
Photo: Tom Brady signals to the bench against the Broncos. Credit: Elise Amendola / AP.