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Betting Wrap: Super Bowl XLV

The Green Bay Packers rewarded any bettors who put money down on them with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday.

The Packers were a 3-point favorite in the big game and delivered a cover to the Super Bowl betting crowd with a 31-25 win over the Steelers. Aaron Rodgers won MVP honors after a brilliant showing that included 304 passing yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Jordy Nelson saw more playing time after Donald Driver was sidelined by an ankle injury and made the most of it with a team-high nine receptions for 140 yards and a TD. Greg Jennings also had a big game for the Packers with four catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

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The Packers' defense made a big impact despite playing without cornerback and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson for the entire second half due to a collarbone injury. Green Bay forced three turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown by safety Nick Collins.

Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 263 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of costly interceptions. Roethlisberger also appeared to hurt his leg after slipping on a pass attempt early in the game that left him hobbling most of the night. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 63 yards and a TD on 14 carries, but he also had a costly turnover when he fumbled in the fourth quarter.

Totals bettors got paid as long as they chose the OVER on Sunday night. The final score went OVER the posted total of 44.5, making it only the second Super Bowl to go OVER the total in the last seven years.

At many books the Packers actually began the 2010-11 NFL season as the Super Bowl XLV favorite. On the first odds for next year's Super Bowl XLVI the Packers also find themselves on top.

At Bovada the Packers begin the offseason as a 7/1 favorite on the Super Bowl XLVI futures. The Steelers currently rank third on the Bovada odds list at 10/1, while the second spot on the odds belongs to New England at 8/1. Other current favorites on the Super Bowl XLVI futures include San Diego (12/1), Baltimore (14/1), Indianapolis (14/1), and New Orleans (14/1).

The Super Bowl XLVI future odds for the rest of this year's playoff teams include the Jets (16/1), Chicago (22/1), Philadelphia (16/1), Atlanta (16/1), Kansas City (35/1), and Seattle (85/1).