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Last throw of the dice time nears for Tom; SUNDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK.

Byline: Brendan McGinty

It might be more than seven months since the end of the last meaningful NFL game.

But fans of the Atlanta Falcons will still be picking the bones out of Super Bowl LI.

The comeback by Tom Brady's New England Patriots for a 34-28 overtime win was one for the ages.

It's also one of the major reasons why the Pats are such a short price - 9/2 with Paddy Power is the best available - to win it all again this year.

They are indeed a formidable prospect having improved from a position of strength through wily trades for veteran players.

In the afterglow of February's triumph in Houston no one Stateside is daring to question Brady or coach Bill Belichick.

And no wonder.

You think Fergie could be intimidating in an interview? Check some of Belichick's media takedowns online.

Brendan's Falcons win Super Pittsburgh Baltimore Ravens Despite the hype about a possible mythical perfect season, the Patriots lost their home opener 42-27 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the early hours of Friday.

And while Brady (below) has looked better than ever at the age of 40, the harsh truth is he's going to decline at some point.

He has defied the odds throughout his career but he can't defy time. When it happens it ain't going to be pretty - despite all the succession planning already underway at Foxboro.

Brady's also without his favourite receiver Julian Edelman for the whole season and his other key target, Rob Gronkowski, has an injury record that makes Jack Wilshere look like Iron Man.

As holders they appear underpriced. Anyway, who wants to back a team owned, managed and led on the field by three of America's most prominent supporters of Donald Trump? Instead we'll look elsewhere with a great opportunity to keep the head and bet against trend in the outright market for Super Bowl LII.

In doing so we won't veer too far from that fateful February night in Houston.

It's easy to forget the way the Falcons raced into their 28-3 lead given everything that followed.

How dominant their defence had been throughout the play-offs and indeed for most of that game. The embarrassment of offensive options - Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Julio Jones, Mo Sanu, Taylor Gabriel, Austin Hooper - available to quarterback Matt Ryan.

If the Patriots are underpriced at a little over 4s then what a steal the Falcons are at 12/1. And your ticket lets you ride with what would be one of the greatest stories of sporting redemption ever.

The big talking point in week one - before the Chiefs ran riot in Massachusetts - has been the Irma-enforced cancellation of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' interstate visit to the Miami Dolphins.

NFL rules basically state football should go ahead in all weather unless there is a real risk to life.

This was the only call that could be made in Florida. Some things are bigger than even this multi-billion dollar business.

For our week one double we'll visit the bruising house of pain which is the AFC North where two games take place.

We'll back the Pittsburgh Steelers to take care of perennial whipping boys the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens to have the edge over the troubled Bengals in Cincinnati.

The double pays just under 2/1 with Paddy Power.

little over 4s then of intimidating a Brendan's belters Falcons win Super Bowl LII 12/1 Pittsburgh Steelers and 2/1 Baltimore Ravens double
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 10, 2017
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