The NFL playoffs are about to begin, and the favorites to win Super Bowl 55 are already established. The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are the current +200 betting choice to repeat as champions.
In fact, oddsmakers are counting on an historic Super Bowl replay of sorts. The Green Bay Packers are listed as the +433 second wagering pick in the 2021 online Super Bowl betting.The 14-2 Chiefs are -115 odds-on favorites to win the AFC Championship, while the 13-3 Packers are the +140 chalk to capture the NFC Championship. Both teams enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in their respective conferences, earning them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
If the form charts hold, NFL fans will get a replay of the very first Super Bowl game. On Jan. 15, 1967, the Packers whipped the Chiefs 35-10 in the inaugural Super Bowl contest at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Packers Were Dominant
In 1966-67, Packers quarterback Bart Starr was named NFL MVP and Green Bay beat Kansas City in the Super Bowl. This season, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is the favorite to be named NFL MVP and a Packers-Chiefs Super Bowl matchup is being projected.
Green Bay, champions of the NFL for the fourth time in six years, took the field for that first Super Bowl game as 14-point favorites over the AFL champion Chiefs.
However, Kansas City played the Packers tough in the first half. Green Bay’s halftime lead was just 14-10.
The Packers took control in the second half. The final 30 minutes saw Green Bay score three unanswered touchdowns to take the 35-10 verdict. Starr threw for two TDs, both to Max McGee. Elijah Pitts ran for two TDs and Jim Taylor rushed for one.
Super Bowl Rematches
If the Packers and Chiefs were to meet in this season’s Super Bowl, it would be the eighth rematch in Super Bowl history. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys have actually clashed three times in the big game.
Dallas has also played twice against the Buffalo Bills. Theirs was the only Super Bowl rematch to happen in successive seasons.
The New England Patriots faced the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams twice each. Other Super Bowl replays include Washington-Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers-Cincinnati Bengals.
You can even bet on a potential Chiefs-Packers Super Bowl 55. It’s the favored call in an exact Super Bowl matchup prop wager at +300.
Speaking of rematches, the 1966 AFL Championship Game to determine the first Super Bowl participant saw the Chiefs drub the Buffalo Bills 31-7. Buffalo is the AFC’s No. 2 seed and these two teams could easily clash in this season’s AFC Championship Game.
Chiefs An Offensive Juggernaut
Kansas City finished the NFL regular season as the league’s most potent offense. KC averaged an NFL-high 415.8 yards per game.
The Chiefs were also the NFL’s No. 1 passing offense, clicking for 303.4 yards per game. Kansas City was the only NFL team to pass for at least 300 yards a game.
In terms of productivity, Kansas City was the NFL’s No. 6 scoring offense, putting up 29.6 points per game. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes led the NFL in passing yardage per game (316) and tied with Rodgers for the lowest interception percentage (1.0) in the league.
Travis Kelce set an NFL single-season record for reception yardage by a tight end (1,416). Wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught an AFC-leading 15 TD passes. He also posted an NFL-best 14 yards per touch.
Green Bay Packs A Potent Punch
The Packers were the NFL’s most productive offense, scoring 31.8 points per game. Green Bay enters the playoffs riding a six-game winning streak. The Pack was the league’s fifth-best team in terms of total offense (389 yards per game).
Rodgers was the league’s most proficient passer. He led the NFL in passing TDs (48), passer rating (121.5), completion percentage (70.7), TD pass percentage (9.1) and QBR (84.4).
Packers wideout Davante Adams snared an NFL-leading 18 TD receptions. Adams also led the league in receiving yardage per game (98.1). Fellow wide receiver Marquez Valdes- Scantling posted the league’s highest yards per catch (20.9)
The Greatest Players at The Masters
The Masters is one of the most revered sporting tournaments on the planet, mythologised by players, pundits and fans alike. History and legend seeps out from every hole, helping to add to the allure of a tournament that brings together the world’s greatest players at one course each year.
The most common 2021 odds to win Masters has been for the 2020 champion Dustin Johnson to retain the Green Jacket, however as history proves, that may be a difficult feat for the current world number 1.
However, instead of concerning ourselves with whether or not Dustin Johnson can win the 2021 Masters, in this article we look back at some of the greatest players to have ever graced the tournament. The players that have written themselves into the long and illustrious history of the Augusta course.
Green Jackets: 0
It might appear odd to see an entry on this list from a player that never won The Masters, but without Bobby Jones there would not be a tournament to discuss. Born in 1902 in Atlanta, Georgia Jones would go on to become one of the greatest amateur players of all-time – winning a unique single year Grand Slam in 1930.
His place in history wasn’t sealed by his exploits on the golf course however, it was sealed by his creation of The Masters tournament. Along with private financier Clifford Roberts, Jones founded The Masters in 1933, using his well-earned reputation to attract the biggest names in the sport to the tournament.
Sadly for Jones though, his best finish in his own tournament was 13th in 1934 although it was perhaps only fair that he gave someone else a chance after dominating the sport for much of the 1920s.
Green Jackets: 4
It’s hard to think of golf’s greatest players without calling Arnold Palmer to mind, the legendary player who recorded 12 top 10 finishes and 4 wins at Augusta in a 12 year period.
In 1958 heavy rains at Augusta prompted a local rule which allowed for a lift, clean and drop for an embedded ball. When Palmer took to the 12th tee his ball was embedded on the soft ground, but rules officials insisted that he play the ball as it lay.
He did and made a five, officials then told him he could play a second ball and await a final ruling. With the second ball he made a three which officials later ruled to be proper, leading to his first ever Masters victory.
Sports Illustrated writer Herbert Warren Wind who was covering the tournament later christened the 11th, 12th and 13th holes as ‘Amen Corner’ for the miraculous way in which Palmer excelled on them. Throughout the decades the name has stuck with yells of ‘Amen’ coming from the crowd whenever the ball approaches the hole.
ESPN pay tribute to Arnold Palmer’s Masters Legacy
Green Jackets: 5
Arnold Palmer’s performance at Augusta may have spawned a new name for a corner of the course, but Tiger Wood’s exploits at the course in the early 2000s led to a complete course redesign.
Such was the power of Tiger that in the late 1990s and early 2000s he was turning the Par 5’s at Augusta into Par 4’s. In response, officials added an extra 500 yards to the length of course and added trees alongside the fairways at the 11th and 15th holes.
Despite this Tiger went on to win the 2005 tournament before a fallow period at Augusta began which coincided with his off the course personal problems. However, in 2019 Tiger rolled back the years, winning his fifth Green Jacket and cementing his name in the course’s folklore.
He is also the youngest ever winner of the tournament, picking up his first Green Jacket at the age of 21 years and 104 days in 1997.
Green Jackets: 3
Born in Ashwood, Virginia Sam Snead is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, racking up a series of tournament victories in his illustrious career. In 1949 he became the first Masters winner to be awarded the ceremonial Green Jacket.
Prior to then, the Green Jacket was worn by players to distinguish themselves from members of the public. However, in 1949 it was decided that a jacket would be awarded to the winner which they could keep for a year before returning it and placing it on the back of the next winner.
Snead went on to win the Green Jacket in 1952 and 1954 and was chosen to hit the honorary starting tee shot at the Masters Tournament from 1984 to 2002.
Green Jackets: 6
No player in history has won as many Masters Tournaments as Jack Nicklaus who placed first in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975 and 1986. His 18 Major championship wins mean that he is widely considered by many to have been the greatest player that has ever lived.
His consistency is what separates him from his peers, which is illustrated by his Masters top 5 finishes (15), top 10 finishes (22) and top 25 finishes (29).
He is also the oldest player to have ever won The Masters, romping to victory in 1986 at the age of 46 years and 82 days.
Green Jackets: 3
63-year-old Brit Nick Faldo has 6 Major championships to his name with 3 of them coming at Augusta in 1989, 1990 and 1996. By becoming a back-to-back winner in 1990 he cemented his name in the legend of Augusta.
Nationality: South African
Green Jackets: 3
With 3 Green Jackets Gary Player is joint with Nick Faldo for the most Masters wins by a foreigners after winning in 1961, 1974 and 1978. After finishing his professional career, Player went on to make a name for himself as one of the world’s leading golf course design architects.
Green Jackets: 3
For some players Augusta holds a special place in their hearts and that is certainly true for Jimmy Demaret who’s 3 Major championships all came at The Masters. In 1983 his golfing talent was recognised as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
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