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Super Bowl LI Opener

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Two of the top offenses in the NFL will meet in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on February 5. Both New England and Atlanta took care of business at home in the conference title games as the Patriots cruised past the Steelers and the Falcons routed the Packers in the final game at the Georgia Dome.

The Patriots are seeking their fifth Super Bowl victory and making their first appearance since beating Seattle two seasons ago, while the Falcons are playing in the Super Bowl for the first time since falling to the Broncos in 1998.

Favorites have rolled so far in the playoffs by winning and covering eight of the first 10 games. The ‘over’ cashed in seven of 10 postseason games, as the Falcons eclipsed the ‘over’ in each of their two playoff victories.

Super Bowl LI from Houston (2/5/17)

Line: Patriots -3 (58)

Movement: New England opened up as three-point favorites at the LVH SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort, while CG Technologies also put out the same opening number.

global book [...] opened New England at -3 as well, with the total of 57 ½. CG put out a total of 58, as a majority of books are hovering between 57 ½ and 58 on their totals.

The total is the highest in Super Bowl history as the previous highest total came in Super Bowl XLIV between the Saints and Colts at 57. The game finished 'under' the total as New Orleans won, 31-17.

Betting Notes: The Patriots and Falcons didn't meet in the regular season, but these teams last hooked up in 2013. New England held off Atlanta at the Georgia Dome, 30-23 as 3-point underdogs, while the game finished 'over' the total of 49.

Neither of these teams played a regular season or playoff game at NRG Stadium, while New England is playing in Houston for the first time since 2015. The Patriots have captured one of their Super Bowl titles in Houston as New England edged Carolina, 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. Atlanta last played at NRG Stadium in 2011 as the Falcons lost to the Texans, 17-10.

The Falcons split their four interconference games this season against the AFC West, while the Patriots went 3-1 in four games against NFC West opponents.

Super Bowl Betting Notes:

-- The Falcons are the second straight NFC South team to play in the Super Bowl after Carolina lost in last season's Super Bowl.

-- New England owns a 4-4 SU and 2-5-1 ATS record in Super Bowls, while going 0-4 ATS in the favorite role.

-- Brady is playing in his seventh Super Bowl, posting a 4-2 SU and 2-4 ATS record as he won in last Super Bowl appearance two seasons ago against the Seahawks, 28-24.

-- In their lone Super Bowl appearance, the Falcons lost to the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII by a 34-19 count. Atlanta failed to cash as 7 ½-point underdogs, while the ‘over’ of 52 ½ barely hit.

-- The NFC has won four of the last seven Super Bowls, while the 'over' is 4-2 the last six Super Bowls.

-- Check out all the past Super Bowl Results

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