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The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers both have fantastic histories playing here in championship situations. However, one has to be the winner against the Superbowl XLV lines, while the other is going to be coming up just shy. Before you dare place a bet on the big game, be sure to check out our Super Bowl betting trends that cannot be missed!
We'll start with the Packers, who already have a 3-1 record in Super Bowls and have claimed 11 other NFL Championships from way back in the day. They've been smoking hot of late, particularly against teams with a winning record, as they really haven't looked back since getting QB Aaron Rodgers back in the lineup after suffering his concussion. The Pack are 5-0 SU in those games, and they are now 5-1 ATS in their last six overall, all of which came against teams that were in at least the final eight in the postseason, save the Philadelphia Eagles, whom they beat in the first round.
Also with the Packers, we have to keep in mind that they are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games following one in which they held a foe to two TDs or fewer. They did a great job last week, albeit with some help from the injured QB Jay Cutler, and they are going to be riding high into this one against the Steelers. We also know that Green Bay has played well, going 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games played on field turf, something that it really hasn't had a chance to see all that often, save in games against the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.
The bugaboo for the Packers is that they are used to being the hunter and not the hunted. They have been underdogs every step of the way in the postseason this year, until right now. Green Bay is a short favorite in this one, and it is just 2-5 ATS in its last seven playoff games as the choices of the oddsmakers.
The Steelers have been just as hot of late, as they have covered four games in a row dating back to Week 16 in the regular season as well. They are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after an outright win, and even more importantly, they are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games played in the playoffs, and the only loss was on the Superbowl lines against the Arizona Cardinals two years ago in the big game.
Pittsburgh isn't really used to being the underdog either in most of these big games, but whenever it has been a pup, it has really shined tremendously. The black and gold are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games as underdogs of three points or fewer, and they are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 as underdogs overall.
In relation to the all time series, there isn't all that much to bank on. There are only eight games that these two teams have plays against each other since 1980. Pittsburgh has gone 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS in these eight games. Last year, these two teams met in the regular season, and to the contrary of popular belief, they combined for a whopping 73 points in a 37-36 victory for the black and gold.