According to one online sports book, many bettors like the New England Patriots as one-point favorites in Super Bowl XLIX.
According to Sportsbook.com, 73 percent of the money bet on the Super Bowl line is down on the Patriots to beat the defending champion Seattle Seahawks by more than the one-point spread.
The Seahawks are trying to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions since, coincidentally, the Patriots after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
There have been eight back-to-back champions in Super Bowl history: the Green Bay Packers (Super Bowls I and II), Miami Dolphins (VII and VIII), Pittsburgh Steelers twice (IX and X as well as XIII and XIV), San Francisco 49ers (XXIII and XXIV), Dallas Cowboys (XXVII and XXVIII) and Patriots (XXXVIII and XXXIX).
This year’s game is being played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. It marks the Super Bowl’s return to Glendale, which also hosted Super Bowl XLII after the 2007 season, when the New York Giants upset the undefeated Patriots 17-14 on Feb. 3, 2008.
The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title in franchise history last Feb. 2, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the first time the Super Bowl had been held in an outdoor stadium outside of the warm-weather states of Florida, Texas, Louisiana, California and Arizona.