The New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, marking their eighth shot at a Lombardi Trophy. New England opened the game as a two-point underdog, but the line has moved to the Patriots now being favored by a point at many sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Patriots are 3-4 straight up and 1-5-1 against the spread in their seven Super Bowls to date. New England lost its first two Super Bowl appearances, won three Super Bowls in four years in the early 2000s, and then lost its two most recent appearances.
The Patriots’ first Super Bowl appearance was in 1986 when they faced the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. The Patriots were 10-point underdogs and lost 46-10, failing to cover the spread.
New England’s second Super Bowl appearance was in 1997 when it faced the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. The Patriots were 14-point underdogs and lost 35-21, resulting in a push. Green Bay forced the push on a Desmond Howard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
New England’s third Super Bowl appearance was in 2002 when it faced the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Patriots were 14-point underdogs on those Super Bowl odds and won outright, beating the Rams 20-17 on an Adam Vinatieri field goal as time expired.
New England’s fourth Super Bowl appearance was in 2004 when it faced the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The Patriots were seven-point favorites and won straight up 32-29, but failed to cover as Adam Vinatieri won it again with a late field goal.
New England’s fifth Super Bowl appearance was in 2005 when it faced the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. The Patriots were seven-point favorites and won straight up 24-21, but failed to cover because of a Greg Lewis touchdown catch with 1:48 left in the game.
New England’s sixth Super Bowl appearance was in 2008 when it faced the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. The Patriots were 12.5-point favorites and lost the game 17-14, following a Plaxico Burress touchdown catch with 35 seconds left.
New England’s seventh Super Bowl appearance was in 2012 when it faced the New York Giants again in Super Bowl XLVI. The Patriots were three-point favorites and lost the game 21-17, with Ahmad Bradshaw scoring the game-winning touchdown with 57 seconds left.
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