Super Bowl 51 Betting Recap: Patriots Top Falcons, Cover Spread

In what may go down as the greatest Super Bowl in history, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots capped off an unprecedented comeback to not only defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 but also cover the spread.

It’s been said many times you can never count out Brady and the Patriots and Super Bowl 51 provided more proof. New England shocked everyone with a 34-28 overtime win as 3-point favorites.

The shocking part is that New England didn’t hold the lead once in the entire game before posting the winning touchdown, and at one point they trailed by 25 points.

Atlanta came out strong, scoring the first three touchdowns of the game to take a 21-0 lead in the second quarter. New England responded with a field goal, but still looked down and out heading into the half trailing 21-3.

In the third quarter the Falcons quickly added to their lead with a Matt Ryan touchdown strike to Tevin Coleman to put them up 28-3, but that would be it for the rest of the night. New England took control on both sides of the ball, scoring 31 unanswered points.

Brady not only won his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth Super Bowl MVP, but he also set a new Super Bowl record with 466 passing yards. That was obviously OVER the total posted for his passing yards prop.

James White may have deserved some MVP recognition after a huge night that included two touchdown runs (including the winning score in OT) a touchdown reception and a team-high 14 catches for 110 yards. That could have paid big money for anyone that chose him to lead the team in receiving yards, as that was highly unexpected.

A few winners for prop bettors in Super Bowl 51 included tails coming up during the opening coin toss, Luke Bryan surprisingly not wearing jeans, and his rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner coming in UNDER the posted time of 2:07.5 at 2:04.

The first play of the game was a pass – an incomplete pass to Julian Edelman to be precise. But Edelman did have the first reception in the game. The first score of the game was a Falcons touchdown, run in by Devonta Freeman.

During the halftime show Lady Gaga threw a wrench in the works for many prop bettors by opening the show with God Bless America. That fell into the category of “Any Other Song” which paid out at only +130.

The oddsmakers were expecting a high-scoring game after they set the total at 57.5, the highest in Super Bowl history. Despite the high total the Falcons and Patriots still delivered an OVER, with a combined 62 points on the night.

For those eager bettors already looking forward to next season the Super Bowl 52 futures are already out. The favorite of course are the Patriots at +400.

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