As we get closer to the biggest sports event of the year we also look back at the season that’s closing and all the things that happened from both a sports and a betting perspective. Over the course of this past NFL season, we’ve recapped all the games to analyze the results results.
The two conference championship games this past Sunday were mostly anticlimactic as the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots routed the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively, to earn their berths in Super Bowl LI as favorites improved to 8-2 SU and ATS in this year’s playoffs. However, we’re still going to recap the games from a betting perspective.
While the point-spread results weren’t in much doubt, the over/unders weren’t determined until well into the fourth quarters of both games; overs went 2-0 to improve to 7-3 in the postseason.
The Falcons went 80 yards in 13 plays on the opening drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead and were never ahead by less than the spread again. The Packers took their opening drive to the Atlanta 23-yard line, but then stalled and Mason Crosby missed a 41-yard field goal attempt. The Falcons went up 10-0 on a Matt Bryant FG, and it looked like the Packers were going to get right back in the game as they drove 64 yards in just seven plays, but fullback Aaron Ripkowski fumbled inside the 10 when Jalen Collins stripped the ball and recovered it in the end zone.
That was the last time the outcome looked in doubt as the Falcons drove 80 yards in nine plays with Matt Ryan’s 14-yard TD run putting them up 17-0; they added a TD pass to Julio Jones with three seconds left in the second quarter to go up 24-0 at halftime. That improved first-half favorites to 6-3 ATS in the postseason even though it stayed under the first-half total of 30.5 points.
The domination continued in the second half as the Packers went three-and-out on their first possession and the Falcons scored again on Jones’ 73-yard catch-and-run TD pass from Ryan to lead 31-0 before the Packers finally got on the scoreboard with 9:19 left in the third quarter. That Packers score finally gave hope that the game could reach the playoff-record-high over/under of 60.5 points. The teams traded another two TDs in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter to push it over at 44-21 on Aaron Rodgers’ 1-yard TD pass to Jared Cook with 6:43 to play.
The Packers outscored the Falcons 21-20 in the second half, but the Falcons covered as 4-point second-half underdogs, which dropped second-half faves to 6-2-1 ATS in the postseason. The Falcons played a complete game while gaining 493 yards on offense and shutting out the Packers in the first half. With analysis on this NFL season betting takeaways make your predictions for what’s left of the NFL, sign up now at Heritagesports.eu.