Can the Colts carry their underdog status to the Super Bowl?

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Just three games remain in the 2014/15 NFL season and if they equal the four played out in the divisional matches this weekend it will be a truly electrifying end to the campaign.

The two Super Bowl favourites, the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, are still on course to lock horns in the Championship game on February 1st in Arizona, but both have hurdles to overcome before they can fly to the Grand Canyon State.

At 11/10 it’s the Seahawks that Ladbrokes give the best chance of Super Bowl glory to, which if accurate would make them the first NFL champions to successfully defend their crown since 2004.

Built on a defense many claim to be the best in the game’s history Seattle make a strong case for repeating.

Leading the American Conference charge for the Super Bowl is the Patriots at 7/4. They booked their place in the AFC Championship game by coming from 14 points down against the Baltimore Ravens, twice.

Tom Brady dragged them over the finish line with a quarterback display that defied his advancing years, but beyond another magical showing from the future Hall of Famer, the Pats look unlikely to challenge the ‘Hawks’ dominance.

They may not even get the chance if the Indianapolis Colts, 8/1 outsiders for Super Bowl glory, continue their fighting underdog ways.

Indy dumped out the Denver Broncos in their divisional battle, perhaps ending Peyton Manning’s NFL career in the process, and roll onto New England looking to help Andrew Luck on his way to surpassing Manning and Brady as the game’s elite QB.

Beyond Luck (both the man and the noun), the Colts don’t have too much to call on for a Super Bowl tilt, but theirs is a team greater than the sum of its parts. You can get 7/2 that it’s a Colts/Seahawks encounter in Arizona.

Unfortunately for the 11/2-rated Green Bay Packers, their bid to win it all will end in the National Conference Championship game against Seattle.

Aaron Rodgers will likely be named the league’s MVP when all is said and done, but playing with a calf injury for the two most important games of the season, and against a swarming D in the first, won’t go well.

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