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Rooting for New England as a gambler may have been more frustrating, though, because as much as it was outplayed by the Broncos, those with action on the Patriots could still envision a scenario in which they would get the ball back, march down the field, and punch in a late touchdown.
Seattle’s win and cover was a collision of trends: The Seahawks were 17-4 against the spread when playing their second straight home game, and the 49ers had covered nine straight road games (coincidentally, their last non-cover away from home came in September during a 29-3 loss in Seattle).
According to sportsinsights.com, 62 percent of gamblers took the Patriots, while 60 percent selected the 49ers. But both favorites covered. Another win for the house.