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Facts and Figures for Atlanta and New England

January 29, 2017

The Super Bowl is the most bet single sporting event in the United States each year. Millions of dollars will be bet online and in casinos before the opening kickoff.

It is no wonder then that online sportsbooks compile information, numbers and statistics from previous Super Bowls and prior games played by the two participants (New England and Atlanta) to offer the sports bettor, as an enticement to bet on the big game.

Here are a few of those numbers to digest.

During the first 50 Super Bowls, nearly half (24) were decided by 14 or more points.

In Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan’s seven previous playoff games, his team has posted a points per game average of 25.8. That has helped cash the OVER in 6 of those 7 games.

This season, Atlanta played four games against teams from the AFC. In those four games, the Falcons defense allowed an average of 26.5 points per game and the team finished 2-2 straight up.

This is the 26th playoff game that Tom Brady will be favored. New England in the previous 25 is 12-13 against the spread as the favorite.

In 50 previous Super Bowls, the quarterback has been named the Most Valuable Player 27 times. Tom Brady is 5 to 6 to win the award, while Matt Ryan is 9 to 5 to win. The two have the two best odds to win the Super Bowl LI MVP award.

New England has an average of 29.2 points per game in its past 13 games versus opponents from the NFC.

Tom Brady has thrown 30 interceptions in his 33 career postseason games but just 4 in his 6 appearances in the Super Bowl.

Including this Super Bowl, New England has now appeared in the most Super Bowls ever at 9.

Atlanta on the other hand will be appearing in its second Super Bowl and first since 1999 when they lost Super Bowl XXXIII to Denver 34-19.

Atlanta led the NFL in scoring per game with an average of 34.4 points.

During his career, Matt Ryan has had 37 wins on the road, but lost each of his two away playoff games. Tom Brady is 82-37 in 119 career games on the road.

Just two Super Bowls have seen back door covers by an underdog. The first was Super Bowl XIII when Dallas scored late but lost to Pittsburgh 35-31. Dallas scored 14 points during the final 3 minutes. The most recent was Super Bowl XXXIX when New England beat Philadelphia 24-21. However, the Eagles scored late to cover as 7-point dogs.

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