On Sunday January 20th we will know who will be playing in the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, on Sunday February 3rd, after the AFC and NFC Championship Finals. The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Final, while the San Francisco 49ers visit the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Final. The odds that the Patriots and Falcons meet in the Super Bowl are listed at 5/2. If the Falcons and Patriots were to make the 2013 Super Bowl, oddsmakers have the Patriots listed as -6 point favorites over the Falcons. Get the current 2013 Super Bowl Betting Lines now.
The Falcons are +5 point underdogs against the Niners in the NFC Championship game, and they would have to upset the Niners to make the 2013 Super Bowl. The Falcons last played the Niners in Week 4 of the 2010-11 season where the Falcons won 16-14, at home.
The Patriots are -10 point favorites over the Ravens in the AFC Championship game, where they would face the Niners. The last three matchups between the Patriots and Ravens have been decided by a total of seven points, including the Ravens’ 31-30 victory in Baltimore in Week 3. It will be a rematch of last season’s conference title game, when the Patriots eked out a 23-20 victory after Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a game-tying 32-yard field goal in the final seconds. The teams have become increasingly familiar with one another, with Sunday’s meeting marking the sixth time they will square off in four seasons.
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New England amassed a league-high 557 points during the regular season and had its sixth 40-point game last week. Gronkowski re-injured his broken forearm early in last week’s victory, depriving Brady of a target that has accounted for 38 touchdowns in his first 43 NFL games. Still, Brady threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns to surpass Joe Montana for the most career postseason victories with 17. New England unveiled another weapon on offense last week in running back Shane Vereen, who caught a pair of scoring passes and rushed for another TD while registering 124 total yards. Brady had 335 yards and a scoring pass in Week 3, but he’s had his struggles against the Ravens.
QB Matt Ryan finally proved he could win a playoff game last weekend, throwing three touchdown passes and driving Atlanta for the game-winning field goal in the final seconds. Atlanta has had trouble with mobile quarterbacks like Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Cam Newton, who used a similar read-option offense to put up 58 points in two regular-season games. Atlanta’s defense allowed Wilson to pass for 385 yards and rush for another 60 while squandering a 20-point lead.
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The Bottom Line: The Falcons can get past the Niners and the Pats will beat the Ravens. This is a great bet to make. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the 2013 Super Bowl.