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Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (Friday 01:20 GMT)

The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks find themselves in an unfamiliar position heading into Thursday Night Football – they both need a win to boost their respective playoff pushes. The Seahawks find themselves below .500 after they slipped to 4-5 for the season with last weekend’s defeat at the Los Angeles Rams, and with the division title seemingly out of their reach their best hope of post-season football now comes via the two wildcard slots. But with so many teams battling for those two spots behind the division leaders, any negative result could prove to be very costly between now and the end of the season. While Seattle will need a miracle to win the NFC West, Green Bay are by no means out of the three-way tussle to win the NFC North. The Packers are sat at .500 after they rolled over the Miami Dolphins to improve to 4-4-1, meaning they are hot on the heels of 6-3 Chicago and 5-3-1 Minnesota, who go head-to-head on Sunday night, but they are in danger of missing out on the post-season running if they do not develop some consistency. Aaron Rodgers & Co. are yet to win back-to-back games this season and their form on the road has been appalling – they are 0-4 away from Lambeau Field. They did run the Rams close as they dropped a heart-breaker a few weeks back, but that is the only time they have really got close to laying a glove on the opposition on the road and that does not bode well for a trip to Seattle. The Seahawks are nowhere near the level they were at a few years back and their home form has been surprisingly poor with just one win coming in three games at CenturyLink Field, but they have been competitive in all of their losses this season and Russell Wilson is capable of producing the magic that can counter any brilliance from counterpart Rodgers. On the opposite side of the football the Seahawks defense, despite the loss of star names, has been doing a reasonable job and is ranking in the top 10 for points allowed with only one team other than the Los Angeles Rams putting up more than 24 points against them since Week 2. The Packers, meanwhile, have coughed up 29 points or more on six occasions and when you single out road games it makes for ugly reading because they have given up 31, 31, 29 and 31 in their previous four matchups away from Lambeau. Everything points to a Seattle win here, but I am reluctant to go with the Spread or the Winning Margin because this could be a close affair settled by nothing more than a point, or it could be a pretty comfortable win for the hosts.

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (Sunday 18:00 GMT)

Tennessee’s season appeared to be over when they went into their bye week on a three-game losing run that has seen them slip to 3-4 for the season, but the Titans have returned to action with a vengeance to put themselves back in the race for the post-season, and that has not been down to an ‘easy’ schedule. They rolled into AT&T Stadium and put up 14 unanswered points in the second half to ease to a 28-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, and they followed that up with a headline-grabbing win over the New England Patriots one week later to put themselves within a game of Houston in the AFC South. And let’s make this clear, they did not just scrape past the Patriots, they beat them in comprehensive fashion as Marcus Mariota continued his recent improvement while the defense shut down Tom Brady on the other side of the football to complete a 34-10 victory. It was impressive stuff from the Titans, but they simply have to build on the momentum they are building up with a victory in Indianapolis, because the Colts are only one game behind them thanks to their own recent resurgence. Having gone 1-5 through their first six games, Indy have exploded into life over the past few weeks to reel off three straight wins, but should we take this improved form with a pinch of salt? After all, these victories have come against three of the worst teams in the NFL right now – Buffalo, Oakland and Jacksonville. Andrew Luck has been looking sharp and he has been helped out by a solid run game that has averaged 174.3 yards per game during their win streak, but this Titans defense is a big step up from the units they have been facing in recent weeks and that is why I am siding with the away team here. Tennessee rank first for points allowed and fifth in terms of yardage given up, and that group should ensure that Mariota & Co. do not need to rack up many points on offense to win this one.

Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints (Sunday 21:25 GMT)

There is no hotter team in the National Football League right now than New Orleans. The Saints suffered one of the biggest surprises of the season so far as Drew Brees was beaten by Ryan Fitzpatrick in a shootout with Tampa Bay in Week 1, but since that day the Louisiana franchise has been in flawless form, reeling off eight straight victories to go two games clear at the top of the NFC South and stay within touching distance of the Los Angeles Rams in the race of the number one seeding in the playoffs. They have done it the hard way too at times – they have walked into Minnesota and avenged last season’s playoff defeat to the Vikings, and a couple of weeks ago they became the first team to beat the Rams as they fended off a second-half fightback to close out a 45-35 win. There was a drop off in quality of opposition last weekend, but the 51-14 annihilation of Cincinnati was still an impressive showing from the Saints and they are looking increasingly like the team to beat in the NFL. The bookmakers are shortening their Super Bowl odds each and every week, and if they make it nine-in-a-row on Sunday they could well be the bookies’ favourites heading into Week 12. But can New Orleans keep the streak going? They have an ideal matchup in the form of a home game against Philadelphia. It seems crazy to say that when you considered it was only several months ago that the Eagles were being crowned Super Bowl champions, but the 2018 season has made for ugly viewing for Philly fans with the franchise now 4-5 after the dismal divisional defeat at home to Dallas a week ago. Carson Wentz is steadily improving as he continues to come back from the horrendous injury that KO’d him last season, but he has been nowhere near the level that had him in the MVP conversation 12 months ago and he has not been helped by a string of injuries on both sides of the football. It probably sounds harsh to say it about a team that were crowned world champions in this calendar year, but Philadelphia are simply a bad football team at this time and on Sunday night they are visiting a very good football team that is 3-1 at home this season and has scored 40 points or more in three of those games to average 37.25 points per game at the Superdome. Drew Brees is playing like this could be the year in which he finally gets the league’s MVP award for the regular season and he is being ably assisted by some fantastic talent in the likes of Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. The Saints are on a roll right now and I just do not see Philadelphia bringing it to a halt. New Orleans should win comfortably here.

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (Monday 01:20 GMT)

Are the Chicago Bears for real or have they benefited greatly from a ‘soft’ schedule? That question will be answered under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football this weekend. The NFL have flexed the Bears’ home game with the Minnesota Vikings into prime time (in the US) and who can blame league officials – there may be no bigger matchup this weekend. Chicago are sitting atop the NFC North with a 6-3 record following dominant wins over the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions in recent weeks, but Minnesota are breathing down their necks as they prepare to emerge from the bye week with a 5-3-1 record, and that means the winner of this game will head into Week 12 atop the NFC North. The question is, who will that team be? Chicago’s pre-season expectations have been blown out of the water – most fans would have welcomed an 8-8 season from their team after years of losing records, but they have taken great strides forward under rookie head coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, with the aid of a bunch of new offensive weapons, has also shown a good deal of development in his first full year as starter. Trubisky still has many critics, but you simply have to wonder what they are basing their opinions on because some of their claims do not stand up to scrutiny when you watch tape of his game and look at his statistics. Defensively Chicago have been a turnover machine this year and, more importantly, they lead the league in turning those takeaways into points. The addition of Khalil Mack has made a very good defense even better and his return from injury last weekend was huge for the unit when you consider what is coming up next. Minnesota’s defense has suffered a drop-off this season and the offense has not been a strong as many predicted it would be, but on their day there are very few teams that are better than these Vikings. Kirk Cousins has some very talented weapons at his disposal in Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, and those three will be a stiff test for this Bears defense – arguably the biggest challenge they have faced all season. And if that Vikings defense can put Trubisky under the same sort of pressure they made Matthew Stafford face a couple of weeks ago, they are going to make it a very difficult night for a Bears team that have struggled to get their run game going this season. Minnesota have dominated Chicago in recent years, but this is definitely the strongest Bears team they have faced for quite some time and it is not a massive surprise to see the hosts being made the favourites by the bookmakers. However, Nagy’s men are yet to beat a team with a record above .500 and we have seen vulnerabilities in their previous two division games. They choked at Green Bay in Week 1 and they made several silly mistakes against Detroit at the weekend that meant the final score was a lot closer than it should have been. If they commit those sloppy errors against a team like Minnesota they could be punished, so as much as it pains me to write this (I am a Bears fan), I would not be shocked to see the Vikings give Chicago a little reality check here.

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams (Tuesday 01:15 GMT)

Mexico City was due to play host to this Monday night matchup but the game has been relocated to the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles due to major concerns about the playing surface at Estadio Azteca, and that has to be considered a major boost for the Rams as they prepare for what could turn out to be a dress rehearsal for the Super Bowl next February. The question is, who will come out on top? It has been a difficult week or two for the Rams with the California fires forcing players, coaches and team personnel to evacuate their homes, but they were able to put that to one side in Week 10 as they put up 16 points in the final quarter to fend off Seattle last weekend, sealing a return to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of the season a week earlier. It was a big moment for LA as they showed that they have the mental strength to go with their significant talent on the field, and now they will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in order to stay ahead of New Orleans in the race for the number one seeding in the playoffs. While the Rams seek back-to-back wins, Kansas City will be aiming to make it five wins on the bounce before they head into their bye week. This Chiefs offense has been almost unstoppable this year as they lead the league in points scored and sit second in yards gained, and even in the sole defeat they have suffered so far they managed to put 40 points on New England in a 43-40 loss. However, that unit has needed to be that productive because the defense has been pretty horrible – they rank 31st in yards given up and 23rd in points allowed, and it is that Achilles heel that has me doubting them going into this battle of 9-1 teams. That is not to say Los Angeles’ defense is particularly special – it ranks 17th in points allowed and 23rd in yards given up and the Chiefs should enjoy another big day going up against it. But at some point one of these defenses is going to produce a big stop and out of the two groups you have to believe the most likely candidate to do that will be the LA unit. And on the opposite side of the football, this Rams offense has shown that it is more than capable of matching and bettering Kansas City in a shootout. Therefore I have to back Los Angeles for the win here, and to give the odds a boost I am backing this to be a high-scoring game too. And why wouldn’t I? These two offenses are averaging 33.5 and 35.3 points per game respectively and they are hardly coming up against outstanding defenses.

Previous NFL Tips

WeekTip 1Tip 2Tip 3Tip 4Tip 5Profit/Loss
10pt Stake
1Falcons +2.5 to win @ +100Vikings -4.5 & -48.5 total points @ +175Packers -7.5 to win @ -110Lions -6.5 to win @ -110Rams -8 to win @ +135+1
2Ravens -1.5 to win @ +110Chiefs to win @ +190Jaguars to win @ +110Giants to win @ +135Bears  by 1-13 points @ +150+25
3Browns by 1-10 points @ +187.50Saints to win @ +140Rams -6.5 & +48.5 total points @ +250Patriots -9.5 to win @ +125Buccaneers to win @ +210+37.75
4Rams -6.5 & +49.5 total points @ +240Dolphins +8 to win @ -110Saints -5.5 to win @ +120Steelers -3.5 to win @ +105Chiefs -6.5 to win @ +110+6
5Patriots -11.5 to win @ +105Jaguars +3.5 to win @ +105Eagles by 1-13 points @ +150Cowboys to win @ +150Saints -5.5 & +54.5 total points @ +250+17
6Eagles -3.5 to win @ +100Seahawks -5.5 to win @ +137.50Ravens at Titans -41 total points @ -110Chiefs to win @ +165Packers -10.5 to win @ +105+12.84
7Broncos by 1-13 points @ +160Chargers -9.5 to win @ +130Redskins -2.5 to win @ +105Chiefs -9.5 to win @ +137.50Falcons -9.5 to win @ +137.50U5.75
8Texans by 1-13 points @ +140Eagles -5 to win @ +137.50Rams by 1-13 points @ +140Saints -1.5 to win @ +105Patriots -11.5 & +45.5 total points @ +230+18.25
9Steelers to win @ +120Rams -0.5 & +61.5 total points @ +210Patriots by 1-10 points @ +180Cowboys by 1-10 points @ +180-U18
10Panthers +4.5 to win @ -125Saints -6.5 to win @ +115Rams -13 to win @ +140Eagles -7.5 to win @ +10049ers by 1-13 points @ +150U28.5

NFL Betting Tips: Best Outright Bets

* Originally written on 16/8/2018

NFL Betting Tips: Super Bowl Winner

You could make a strong case for several teams to go all the way this season. The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles went all the way to a first Super Bowl success last season despite losing star quarterback Carson Wentz to a serious injury, and with the 25-year-old poised to return to action at some point early in the season, the Eagles are expected to another deep run this time around. But can they achieve back-to-back Super Bowl successes? Several franchises have managed that feat, but only one has managed it in the last 20 years and that is a statistic that cannot be ignored, especially when you consider the level of competition Philly are going to face in 2018.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ apparent post-season mental block prevents me from backing them this time around – they burned me 2017 – and I am not buying into the Green Bay Packers despite the return of Aaron Rodgers, who spent several weeks on the sidelines in 2017 after breaking his collarbone for the second time in four years. Rodgers is undoubtedly an outstanding QB, but when you look beyond his talents this Packers roster does not set pulses racing.

The New Orleans Saints appear primed for another good run after major improvement on defense complimented an high-powered offense in 2017, while that Jacksonville Jaguars defense should help the franchise to another post-season appearance this time round. There will be plenty of eyes on the Los Angeles Rams too as they look to erase the bitter taste of the surprise defeat to Atlanta in the Wildcard round of last season’s playoffs.

And of course, no Super Bowl discussion is complete without mentioning the New England Patriots. Speculation over the relationship status of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady continues – on Facebook it would probably state ‘its’ complicated’ – but that chatter did not derail their run to the Super Bowl last season so it would be wise to believe it will not affect them this time round either. The two men are serial winners with several Super Bowl successes and a whole load of AFC titles to their name, and once they hit the post-season it is hard to go against them, especially at Foxborough.

However, I am going against the Patriots. My pick to win the Super Bowl are the Minnesota Vikings, who went agonisingly close to becoming the first team to play in the big game in their own home stadium last season. Let’s get this out of the way straight away – the Vikings simply did not turn up for their NFC Championship Game blow-out defeat to Philadelphia last season. Was the pressure too much – playing in their own home stadium knowing that a victory would give them a ‘home’ Super Bowl appearance – or were they simply lacking quality in the most important position on the team – quarterback?

Their actions in the off-season certainly suggests that the franchise felt the answer to the second question was a definite yes. Case Keenum did a decent enough job when he stepped in to lead the offense, but he was more of a game manager than a game winner and when the Eagles started putting points on that Minnesota defense, Keenum had no answers. There will be no such problems this time around though because the Vikings have upgraded at quarterback by luring Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins, and they are boosted further on offense by the return of running back Dalvin Cook from injury. Factor that alongside a defense that ranked number one in yards-per-game, number one in points per game allowed and number one in total points allowed in 2017, and you have a recipe for a team that can follow in the footsteps of the Eagles by lifting the Vince Lombardi for the first time in franchise history next February.

NFL Betting Tips: AFC South Winner

The Jacksonville Jaguars enjoyed a breakout year in 2017 as they went agonisingly close to their first ever Super Bowl appearance. And by agonisingly close, I mean AGONISINGLY CLOSE! The Jags took a 20-10 lead over New England into the final nine minutes of last season’s AFC Championship Game, only for Danny Amendola to haul in two touchdown passes as the Patriots came back from the dead to win 24-20. It was heart-breaking stuff for the Jags, but it should not take away from the giant strides they made in 2017 with the aid of a dominant defense and star running back Leonard Fournette. Jacksonville are expected to return to the post-season in 2018 and I expect them to do it as AFC South champions. Houston will be a lot stronger following the return of DeShaun Watson, JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus from injuries that destroyed their 2017 season, but it is hard to look past a Jacksonville team that almost went to the big game last time round.

NFL Betting Tips: NFC South Winner

Can New Orleans put the ‘Minnesota Miracle’ behind them and enjoy another post-season run? The Saints were denied a place in last season’s NFC Championship Game by that incredible Stefon Diggs touchdown as time expired at US Bank Stadium, but there was plenty for them to be positive about in the wake of that defeat. The defense have finally turned to corner after a rough couple of years, with Marshon Lattimore’s exploits in 2017 earning him the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and the arrival of Marcus Davenport will give that unit another shot in the arm in 2018. On the offensive side of the ball Drew Brees is once again surrounded by weapons in a unit that ranked number two in total yards and number four in total points last season. They face serious competition from Atlanta and Carolina in the competitive NFC South, but they finished top of the division in 2017 and went the furthest out of those three teams in the post-season. I see no reason why the Saints cannot repeat that in 2018. 

BEST BOOKMAKERS FOR BETTING ON THE NFL

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Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our UK reviews that you can access HERE, while US customers can check out the best American sportsbooks HERE.

NFL Free Bets & Sign-Up Offers

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NFL BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON NFL OUTRIGHT MARKETS

Outright betting on the NFL remains a great way to make a profit while betting on the premier competition in American Football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

NFL outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on subjects such as Super Bowl Winners, Conference Winners and Division Winners, and these NFL prediction markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets.

So what markets are available? Read on...

Super Bowl Winner

The Super Bowl Winner market is exactly what the title says – you are betting on who will win the Super Bowl and be crowned world champions. This market goes live very early on – you can bet on the next Super Bowl winner as soon as that year’s Super Bowl ends – and the earlier you bet on it, the bigger the price you will get in most instances. Every NFL team is backable in this market, but of course the likes of the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be a short price from the start. Prices will fluctuate as the season wears on though, meaning a horrible run of form could see a favourite slide down the betting while an excellent run could see an outsider climb up it.

Conference Winner

Much like the National Basketball Association, the NFL is split into two conferences with 16 teams competing in the AFC and 16 competing in the NFC. This market does not require you to back the team that will win the Super Bowl, you just need to back the team that will represent their respective conference in the big game. Every team tends to be available at backable odds, albeit some are a lot shorter than others, so this is a market that offers the chance to make a tidy profit when betting on the NFL. But of course, those prices will fluctuate as the season unfolds so if you fancy one of the favourites early on, it is probably best to jump on them early. Alternatively, if you like the look of a dark horse, you might want to wait a few weeks to see how they are performing. Their odds will shorten in this time if they perform well, so you may not want to wait too long to back them.

Division Winner

Just like the NBA, not only is the NFL separated into two conferences, those conferences are then divided into divisions. Each conference features four divisions and in each division there are four teams. For this market you do not need to worry about who are crowned Conference champions and who are crowned world champions, you are betting on who will finish top their division standings at the end of the regular season. While some divisions will have clear favourites, others will be wide open and that means a really healthy profit could be made by betting on this market. But as with any outright betting market, the odds will shift around as the season progresses and if one team starts to take control of their division, their price will soon shorten.

NFL BETTING TIPS GUIDE: HOW TO BET ON NFL GAMES

Betting on the NFL has never been easier and there has never been more markets to choose from, but if you are a newcomer to betting on the National Football League here is a guide to everything you need to know.

We have come a long way from the days when the bookmakers offered a handful of betting markets for NFL games. No longer are you restricted to traditional markets such as Match Winner, First Touchdown Scorer and Anytime Touchdown Scorer, you now have a massive selection of betting markets to choose from every single week.

Here we run down the main NFL match betting markets...

Money Line

The Money Line market is just like the Match Betting market in soccer - you are betting on who will win the game. However, this is not an easy way to make a sizeable profit when betting on the NFL because the only way you are going to land a big return here is by successfully backing an underdog to be victorious, and while upsets do happen you really have to be very confident about it to use this market. But don't worry, that does not mean you should rule out betting on the outcome of a game because this next form of betting offers much more appeal than Money Line...

Spread Betting

Ever wanted to back a team to win but think their Money Line odds are far too short for you to claim? Spread betting offers you the chance to back a favourite at bigger odds, while you can also get even larger odds if you are looking to back an underdog.

Spread betting could not be any simpler. The bookmaker will give the favourite a fictional handicap and the underdog a fictional head start. So, for example, if New England were favourites for a game against Buffalo, the bookies could give the Patriots a -6.5 handicap with the Bills +6.5. At the end of the game, depending on which bet you placed, you would either knock 6.5 points off New England’s total or add 6.5 to Buffalo’s total. If your team still wins the game after this adjustment, your bet would be a winner.

For example, if you backed the Patriots -6.5 and they won 21-13, they would still be 14.5-13 winners once the handicap was taken off so your bet would be a winner. If they won 20-14, after the 6.5 points were removed they would be 13.5-14 losers which means your bet loses. If you backed Buffalo +6.5 and they lost 20-14, you would be a winner because the Bills would be 21.5-20 winners once you add those five points on.

The bookmakers offer Spread Betting for every single game and there will always be a variety of handicaps to choose from. Usually it is a case that the bigger the spread, the bigger the price so for those games where one side is a massive favourite, you may end up having to back them to win by a large margin in order to land a decent return.

Player Prop Betting

We all know that American sports are very stats-driven and that makes them perfect for betting on because you can always get the numbers you need before placing your bets. Is a dominant running back coming up against a defense that is terrible against the run? Is a quarterback coming up a dreadful secondary that struggles to defend against the pass?

The stats will always be there to tell you whether or not a player is going to have a big day. And that brings me to Player Prop Betting, which has become increasingly popular over the years. No longer are you restricted to betting on the outcome of an actual game, you can now bet on how individual players will perform during the game. From how many yards a quarterback will pass for to how many yards a running back will rack up on the ground. From how many yards a receiver will notch to how many all-purpose yards that durable back will record, you will have plenty of options for every single game.

For example, when the Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions the bookmakers will offer you the chance to predict how many yards running back Adrian Peterson will rush for. Usually this will be done in an Over/Under format with the bookie setting a benchmark, ie. it could be plus or minus 84.5 yards. So if you back Peterson +84.5 yards your bet will be a winner if he runs for 85 yards or more, and if you back Peterson -84.5 yards and he runs for 84 or less, you will be a winner.

Over/Under Betting

In Player Prop Betting you got an example of Over/Under Betting. Well, Over/Under betting is not just restricted to the players because you can also bet on markets like Total Points, First-Half Points, Second-Half Points etc.  The bookmakers will offer you a host of options to choose from, it just depends on how many points you expect to see in a game. Are two great defenses going to be on show? If so, go for a low total. Are two incredible offenses going to keep the scoreboard staff busy? Go high.

For example, when the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints went head-to-head in 2015 it was inevitable that the two high-powered offenses would rack up the points against two of the poorest defenses in the NFL. Prior to the game the bookies may have offered odds on such points totals as 64.5, 78.5 and 89.5, with punters given the opportunity to go over or under. Between them the Saints racked up 101 points so if you had backed them for +89.5 Total Points you would have been a winner. And of course, if you had gone Under 78.5 Total Points your bet would have been a loser.

Over-Under Betting is a great way to make a profit when betting on an NFL season and you will not be short of options each and every week because these markets will be available for every game from opening weekend right through to, and including, the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LIII

The Super Bowl returns to Atlanta in 2019 with the Mercedes-Benz Stadium set to host the NFL’s showpiece game on Sunday, February 3.

Having been built at a reported cost of $1.6billion, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium became the new home of the Atlanta Falcons when it was opened prior to the start of the 2017 season and this represents the first time the facility will host the Super Bowl.

It will not be the first time the city of Atlanta has hosted the NFL’s biggest game, however.
The first Atlanta-based Super Bowl took place in 1994 at the old Georgia Dome stadium, which was demolished just months after the Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened. The Dallas Cowboys staged a second-half fightback, scoring 24 unanswered points, as they lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the fourth time in their history courtesy of a 30-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII.

The Super Bowl then returned to Atlanta four years later, for Super Bowl XXXIV, and the Georgia Dome played host to one of the most dramatic endings to a sporting event the world has ever seen.

The St Louis Rams appeared to be on their way to victory when they opened up a 16-0 midway through the third quarter, only for the Tennessee Titans to battle back to score 16 unanswered points to level it up with 2:12 remaining.

The Rams went back in front again with 1:54 to go when Kurt Warner hooked up with Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown pass, but the Titans were not done and once again showed their resolved as they marched downfield and reached the St Louis 10 with just six seconds remaining. In an ‘all-or-nothing’ play, quarterback Steve McNair found Kevin Dyson, but Mike Jones produced one of the most famous tackles in NFL history to stop the Tennessee player a yard short of the endzone, wrapping up an incredible 23-16 victory.

So will the Mercedes-Benz Stadium see similar drama when it makes its Super Bowl debut at the end of the 2018 season? We will find out on Sunday, February 3.

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

SUPER BOWL HISTORY

ScoreVenueMost Valuable Player
IKansas City Chiefs 10
Green Bay Packers 35
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CABart Starr
Quarterback
IIGreen Bay Packers 33
Oakland Raiders 14
Orange Bowl, Miami, FLBart Starr
Quarterback
IIINew York Jets 16
Baltimore Colts 7
Orange Bowl, Miami, FLJoe Namath
Quarterback
IVMinnesota Vikings 7
Kansas City Chiefs 23
Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LALen Dawson
Quarterback
V
Baltimore Colts 16
Dallas Cowboys 13
Orange Bowl, Miami, FLChuck Howley
Linebacker
VIDallas Cowboys 24
Miami Dolphins 3
Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LARoger Staubach
Quarterback
VIIMiami Dolphins 14
Washington Redskins 7
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CAJake Scott
Safety
VIIIMinnesota Vikings 7
Miami Dolphins 24
Rice Stadium, Houston, TXLarry Csonka
Running Back
 IXPittsburgh Steelers 16
Minnesota Vikings 6
Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LAFranco Harris
Running Back
XDallas Cowboys 17
Pittsburgh Steelers 21
Orange Bowl, Miami, FLLynn Swann
Wide Receiver
XI
Oakland Raiders 32
Minnesota Vikings 14
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CAFred Biletnikoff
Wide Receiver
XII
Dallas Cowboys 27
Denver Broncos 10
Superdome, New Orleans, LARandy White (DT)
Harvey Martin (DE)
XIIIPittsburgh Steelers 35
Dallas Cowboys 31
Orange Bowl, Miami, FLTerry Bradshaw
Quarterback
XIVLos Angeles Rams 19
Pittsburgh Steelers 31
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CATerry Bradshaw
Quarterback
XVOakland Raiders 27
Philadelphia Eagles 10
Superdome, New Orleans, LAJim Plunkett
Quarterback
XVISan Francisco 49ers 26
Cincinnati Bengals 21
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MIJoe Montana
Quarterback
XVIIMiami Dolphins 17
Washington Redskins 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CAJohn Riggins
Running Back
XVIIIWashington Redskins 9
Los Angeles Raiders 38
Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FLMarcus Allen
Running Back
XIXMiami Dolphins 16
San Francisco 49ers 38
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CAJoe Montana
Quarterback
XXChicago Bears 46
New England Patriots 10
Superdome, New Orleans, LARichard Dent
Defensive End
XXIDenver Broncos 20
New York Giants 39
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CAPhil Simms
Quarterback
XXIIWashington Redskins 42
Denver Broncos 10
Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CADoug Williams
Quarterback
XXIIICincinnati Bengals 16
San Francisco 49ers 20
Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FLJerry Rice
Wide Receiver
XXIVSan Francisco 49ers 55
Denver Broncos 10
Superdome, New Orleans, LAJoe Montana
Quarterback
XXVBuffalo Bills 19
New York Giants 20
Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FLOttis Anderson
Running Back
XXVIWashington Redskins 37
Buffalo Bills 24
Metrodome, Minneapolis, MNMark Rypien
Quarterback
XXVIIBuffalo Bills 17
Dallas Cowboys 52
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CATroy Aikman
Quarterback
XXVIIIDallas Cowboys 30
Buffalo Bills 13
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GAEmmitt Smith
Running Back
XXIXSan Diego Chargers 26
San Francisco 49ers 49
Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FLSteve Young
Quarterback
XXXDallas Cowboys 27
Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZLarry Brown
Cornerback
XXXI
New England Patriots 21
Green Bay Packers 35
Superdome, New Orleans, LADesmond Howard
Kick-off/Punt Returner
XXXIIGreen Bay Packers 24
Denver Broncos 31
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CATerrell Davis
Running Back
XXXIIIDenver Broncos 34
Atlanta Falcons 19
Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FLJohn Elway
XXXIVSt Louis Rams 23
Tennessee Titans 16
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GAKurt Warner
Quarterback
XXXVBaltimore Ravens 34
New York Giants 7
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FLRay Lewis
Linebacker
XXXVISt Louis Rams 17
New England Patriots 20
Superdome, New Orleans, LATom Brady
Quarterback
XXXVIIOakland Raiders 21
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CADexter Jackson
Free Safety
XXXVIIICarolina Panthers 29
New England Patriots 32
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TXTom Brady
Quarterback
XXXIXNew England Patriots 24
Philadelphia Eagles 21
Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FLDeion Branch
Wide Receiver
XLSeattle Seahawks 10
Pittsburgh Steelers 21
Ford Field, Detroit, MIHines Ward
Wide Receiver
XLIIndianapolis Colts 29
Chicago Bears 17
Dolphin Stadium, Miami, FLPeyton Manning
Quarterback
XLIINew York Giants 17
New England Patriots 14
Uni. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZEli Manning
Quarterback
XLIIIPittsburgh Steelers 27
Arizona Cardinals 23
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FLSantonio Holmes
Wide Receiver
XLIVNew Orleans Saints 31
Indianapolis Colts 17
Miami Gardens, Miami, FLDrew Brees
Quarterback
XLVGreen Bay Packers 31
Pittsburgh Steelers 25
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TXAaron Rodgers
Quarterback
XLVINew York Giants 21
New England Patriots 17
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, INEli Manning
Quarterback
XLVIIBaltimore Ravens 34
San Francisco 49ers 31
Superdome, New Orleans, LAJoe Flacco
Quarterback
XLVIIISeattle Seahawks 48
Denver Broncos 8
Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford NJMalcolm Smith
Linebacker
XLIXNew England Patriots 28
Seattle Seahawks 24
Uni. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZTom Brady
Quarterback
50Carolina Panthers 10
Denver Broncos 24
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CAVon Miller
Linebacker
LINew England Patriots 34
Atlanta Falcons 28
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TXTom Brady
Quarterback
LIIPhiladelphia Eagles 41
New England Patriots 33
US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MNNick Foles
Quarterback
LIIIMercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
LIVNew Miami Stadium, Miami, FL
LVCity of Champions St., Inglewood, CA

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