The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook?opened the Patriots as 4.5-point home favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. There was early line movement toward the Patriots, who were up to 5.5-point favorites at several sportsbooks late Sunday night.
In the NFC Championship Game, the Falcons are 4-point home favorites over the visiting Green Bay Packers. The line got as high as Atlanta -6, before settling back at four.
The Packers suffered through a four-game losing streak in the middle of the season, and dropped back to 80-1 to win the Super Bowl. That slide began with a 33-32 road loss to the Falcons on Oct. 31. Oddsmakers are expecting another high-scoring affair Sunday in the Georgia Dome.
The over/under on the NFC Championship Game was sitting as high as 61 Sunday at several sportsbooks, making it the highest total in a playoff game since 1986 and the second-highest in any game, behind only a 2000 meeting between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers?(62).
The Patriots are in their sixth straight AFC Championship Game. They closed as consensus 17-point favorites over the Houston Texans in Saturday's AFC divisional-round game. New England won by 18, 34-16.
The AFC is a three-point favorite over the NFC in an early Super Bowl line at the Westgate.