Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers managed to cover the posted spread in the NFC Championship Game, but a devastating late collapse kept them from advancing to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale.
The Packers led the Seahawks 16-0 at halftime in the NFC Championship Game and 19-7 early in the fourth quarter, but Russell Wilson and company managed to force overtime then won the game 28-22 on a Jermaine Kearse TD catch.
Seattle was pegged as an 8-point home favorite in the contest and failed to cover that posted spread against the Packers. Wilson threw for just 209 yards and was picked off four times by Green Bay but made up for that performance with the overtime TD strike to Kearse.
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The Indianapolis Colts, meanwhile, didn’t come close to covering the 7-point spread at the sportsbooks on the road against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, getting blasted 45-7 to hand Tom Brady and company their ticket to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale.
Brady passed for 226 yards with three touchdown strikes in that win over the Colts, while LeGarrette Blount rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns. New England held Indy quarterback Andrew Luck to just 126 passing yards and no TDs while picking him off twice.
Here are all the SU and ATS results for the Conference Championships NFL schedule . . .
Seattle 28, Green Bay 22 (Seattle -8)
New England 45, Indianapolis 7 (New England -7)