There are two clear favourites in Betfair's Super Bowl winner market. Joe Dyer rounds up all the latest odds following last weekend's divisional games
"When it comes to which team will be lifting the Super Bowl trophy, the Patriots are Betfair customers' no.1 selection with Bill Belichick’s men trading at 2.26/5 to win the big one."
Four teams remain in the Super Bowl hunt and the Betfair market has called the two finalists already - New England and San Francisco.
Those two are clear favourites in the Super Bowl winner market following the weekend's Divisional games with a large gap in the odds separating them from apparent also-rans, the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens.
And when it comes to which team will be lifting the Super Bowl trophy, the Patriots are Betfair customers' no.1 selection with Bill Belichick's men trading at 2.26/5 to win the big one for a fourth time since 2001. San Francisco are 3.259/4 to emerge triumphant from Super Bowl XLVII with NFC rivals available to back at 7.26/1 and Baltimore Ravens' the outsiders at 10.09/1.
In the Super Bowl combo market - where punters can pick the finalists - New England/San Francisco can be backed at 1.9210/11.
On one of the finest post-season weekends ever, New England enjoyed a largely comfortable victory where their rivals did not. The Patriots trailed to an early Houston Texans field goal but were rarely troubled once that lead was overhauled, eventually winning 41-28 with legendary quarterback Tom Brady passing for 344 yards and four touchdowns.
Visitors Green Bay returned an early interception from San Francisco's second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a touchdown by to give the 49ers faithful a scare at Candlestick Park. But the 25-year-old produced a fine game thereafter as San Francisco ran out 45-31 winners, throwing two touchdowns and running a pair in himself in a game where he ran for a playoff-record 181 yards.
They will travel to Atlanta next weekend after the Falcons ended the playoff curse that has seen them lose the first game of the post-season in the 2008, 2010 and 2011 seasons with a slim 30-28 defeat of Seattle. It took a field goal seven seconds from time for the Falcons to scrape into the Conference final.
The biggest upset came in Denver where Baltimore knocked out Super Bowl favourites, the Denver Broncos, with a field in the second periof of overtime to extend legendary linebacker Ray Lewis' final season for at least one more game. Denver had been backed at 1.051/20 to win the game in normal time but a 70-yard touchdown pass with 31 second left of the fourth quarter gave the Ravens a lifeline that they made count late on.