Published on January 16th, 2015 | by Elizabeth Fisher
2015 Super Bowl Odds Update – The Final Four
And then there were four. The two participants for Super Bowl XLIX will finally be decided this weekend as the final four teams are set contest their respective conference championships. So what are those four teams’ odds of going all the way and lifting the Lombardi Trophy in Glendale?
2014-15 NFL Futures Odds Update for Super Bowl XLIX
The Seattle Seahawks are the runaway +125 favorites not only to return to the Super Bowl, but to be the first team since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004 to successfully defend their Super Bowl crown.
The Seahawks made short work of the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round, extending their winning streak to seven straight games. Their defense has been outstanding all throughout that stretch. Kam Chancellor, in particular, has produced some standout performances, which include his game-clinching 90-yard pick six against Carolina.
As if going against the Seahawks defense in Seattle isn’t hard enough, the Green Bay Packers will need to overcome the defending champions with quarterback Aaron Rodgers at less than 100 percent. Rodgers has been playing with an injured calf for the last three games, although it hasn’t stopped him from producing game-winning performances at home against the Lions and the Cowboys.
However, Rodgers will need to prove he can do it on the road. The Packers went just 4-4 away from Lambeau this season, including their 36-16 loss at Seattle in Week 1. With those hurdles to overcome, the Packers are +500 to win the Super Bowl.
Over in the AFC, the New England Patriots are priced at +185 to win their first Super Bowl since 2004. Tom Brady and co. survived a scare against the Ravens at home, and will now face Andrew Luck’s Colts in the conference title game. Not only are the Pats 17-1 in their last 18 home games – their only loss was a meaningless Week 17 game against the Bills – they’re also 3-0 against Luck.
But Luck and his Colts will be on a high after defeating Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos as big road underdogs. Indianapolis is the biggest underdog left in the hunt at +600 to win the Super Bowl, but Luck’s ability to get hot at any given time still makes them a very dangerous team to face.