That is a switch from odds posted immediately after the AFC and NFC Championship games, when the defending champion Seahawks were made a slight favorite in the opening line. Apparently, oddsmakers and the general public believe that without the New York Giants, the only team to ever vanquish the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Patriots in the Super Bowl, as their opponent the Patriots will win their fourth Super Bowl in the Belichick-Brady era.
New England won Super Bowl XXXVI, beating the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in 2002. The Patriots then won back-to-back Super Bowls in 2004 and 2005. They beat the Carolina Panthers, 32-29, in 2004 and the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21, in 2005. New England, of course, lost to the Giants 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII and 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.
Can the Seahawks do what only the Giants have been able to do thus far? If they can, Seattle will be the first time since the Patriots to win consecutive Super Bowl titles.
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