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One week after Vegas made the New England Patriots a 3-point favorite over the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, the line has, well, not moved at all.

The line at the Las Vegas Hilton and Caesars' is holding at 3. The Mirage has the line at 2 1/2 as does The Orleans. The over/under, which opened at 55 1/2, hasn't moved, either. It is either 55 or 54 1/2 across the board.

On our favorite prognostication site, Covers.com, the consensus has the Giants covering the spread by a margin of 56.56% to the Pats' 43.46%.

Tags: Giants-Patriots, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL Betting Odds, Super Bowl XLVI
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The Giants came from nowhere in just six weeks to make the Super Bowl. Green Bay was a heavy favorite at short odds as were New England and New Orleans.

The Giants' prospects were hanging around 30 to 40-1 to win the Super Bowl most of the year. At one point, you could have bet them at 80-1. If the Giants win next week, Vegas could be hit hard by many who had blind faith in Big Blue.

From Sam Borden of The Times:

Tags: New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL, NFL Betting Odds, Super Bowl XLVI
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Things keep falling into place for the Giants this winter. It has been like some bizarre dream to most fans. They are in a zone right now and I'm not sure anyone can beat them right now.

There's only one team left that has a shot - the New England Patriots - and the Giants already proved that they can play with them. The Giants also beat better teams than the Pats to get to the big game - and they did it on the road.

So why are the Patriots, who lost 24-20 to the Giants at home this year, a 3-point favorite in Super Bowl XLVI?

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The Giants and the 49ers have a long. illustrious rivalry. The Niners were always a team with an explosive passing offense and an inconsistent defense. As great as they were in the Bill Walsh days, it was only when their defense played well that they went to Super Bowls.

The Giants have been traditionally known for their bruising rushing attack and their smothering defense. This time around, the teams have switched personalities.

The 49ers resemble the old Giants and the Giants are more like the 49ers of the 80's. It is a strange thing to watch. ?The one variable to keep an eye on is the Giants' ability to change their personality back to their old form.

Tags: Giants-49ers, New York Giants, NFC Championship Game, NFL Betting Odds, San Francisco 49ers
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The Giants and Falcons are both under pressure to win a playoff game. The Giants have not won a playoff game since Super Bowl XLII and have not won a home playoff game since January 14, 2001 when they shut out the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.

The Falcons have not won a playoff game under head coach Mike Smith (0-2). Their last playoff win was January 15, 2005 - a 47-17 thrashing of the St.Louis Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

When the Giants host the Falcons today, quarterbacks Eli Manning of New York (4,933) and Matt Ryan of Atlanta (4,177) will have the second-most combined passing yards (9,110) by opposing starting quarterbacks in a playoff game. The mark was set last night by New Orleans? Drew Brees (5,476) and Detroit's Matthew Stafford (5,038), who combined for 10,514 yards on 2011.

Tags: ATLANTA FALCONS, Giants-Falcons, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL Betting Odds, NFL Gambling, NFL Playoffs
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