Brady, Patriots Pay Out at Super Bowl 51
- Updated: February 7, 2017
The New England Patriots were among the favorites on the odds to win Super Bowl 51 at the start of last season, and they paid off their supporters with a win in the big game on Sunday.
Back in Week 1 of the regular season the Patriots were listed at +675 on the odds to win Super Bowl 51, behind the +600 Green Bay Packers and well ahead of the +6600 Atlanta Falcons. That was despite the impending four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who had to sit out the initial part of the schedule as the punishment for Deflategate.
The Patriots, though, survived without Brady, winning three of their four games without him, and then rolled through the rest of their schedule to a 14-2 record. New England quickly moved to the top of the odds to win Super Bowl 51, sitting as +375 favorites by the end of September, as heavy +200 chalk by the start of November, and at +190 to start the playoffs.
From there the Patriots rolled through the postseason, finally hitting some resistance in the first half of the Super Bowl before embarking on an historic comeback to grab a 34-28 victory. New England managed to cover the 3-point spread, with the OVER paying out on the total.
Brady completed 43 of 62 pass attempts for 466 yards, a Super Bowl record, with two touchdowns and one interception in their Super Bowl 51 win over the Falcons. James White rushed for two touchdowns and caught 14 balls for 110 yards and another score in the victory.
Falcons Made Large Jump on Futures
Meanwhile, Brady’s counterpart Matt Ryan was good on 17 of 23 pass attempts for 284 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the losing Super Bowl cause for the Falcons, who had jumped to +2500 odds to win Super Bowl 51 by the start of October, and to +1100 on the futures by the end of December as they were putting the final touches on an 11-5 season.
Devonta Freeman rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl for the Falcons, who led the game 21-3 at halftime and 28-9 after three quarters. Julio Jones had four catches for 87 yards in the contest, with Austin Hooper and Tevin Coleman both having TD receptions.
*Odds as of February 7, 2017