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2011 Super Bowl Odds: Packers-Steelers Line Predicts Competitive Game

The Green Bay Packers were the No. 6 seed in the NFC and needed to win their final two regular season games to even make the playoffs but an impressive five-game winning streak has them as 2.5 to 3-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super XLV. If the line holds true, we'd be looking a competitive Super Bowl for the eighth consecutive year. Not since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37 have we seen a bad championship game.

The over/under is between 44 and 45.5 which is right on par with the average NFL score this season so there's not much to play with there. The Packers are averaging 25.0 points over their last four games but the Steelers have averaged 30.8 points during their four-game winning streak. The over is probably a safer bet.

This game feels a lot like Super Bowl XLIII between the Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals. In that game, both teams had quiet first and third quarters before letting the offense flow in the second and fourth quarters. Finally, if you like the Steelers to win, odds are it's going to be a close game. All six of the Packers' losses have been by either three or four points.

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