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SOME IN VEGAS BADLY WANT PATRIOTS TO WIN

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It is no surprise the Giants have fans rooting against them in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. After all, the Patriots have a dedicated following.

But there also is a small but passionate group in Las Vegas pulling for the Patriots. The reason, of course, is money. Several sports books took significant bets on the Giants to win the Super Bowl at odds as high as 80-1 (a $1 bet wins $800).

"If the Giants win this game, it could do some damage out here," said Jimmy Vaccaro, head of Lucky's Race and Sports Book. "A lot of guys were rooting for San Francisco on Sunday."

Adding to the anxiety is what happened in October, when the Cardinals won the World Series. When they were 101/2 games out of the playoffs with 32 games left, their odds rose to as high as 250-1 to win the World Series and 100-1 to win the pennant.

Something similar happened when the Giants lost four in a row late in the regular season.

"I remember we opened them at about 20-1 ... right after last year's Super Bowl," said Jay Kornegay, the director of the sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton. "But when they hit that losing streak, it went up. I mean, they lost to Vince Young and the Eagles! We were lucky the bets didn't come our way, but there are some tickets out there."

It could have been worse. Denver was as high as 5,000-1 when it was 1-4 and before Tim Tebow became the starting quarterback.

"If the Broncos were in the Super Bowl, the lights would be dimmer around this place," Kornegay said. "I'm not even sure we'd be talking right now."

Injury report:Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was listed as unable to practice on the team's first injury report since he injured his left ankle in the AFC title game. Although New England did not practice, it was required to file a report. Gronkowski, who caught 17 touchdowns during the regular season, missed about five minutes of the third quarter. Monday, he wore a boot on his foot.

No controversy: Ravens coach John Harbaugh said a scoreboard error during the AFC title game was not an attempt by the Patriots to cheat. Billy Cundiff said he rushed onto the field before attempting a tying field goal, which he missed, because the scoreboard at Gillette Field read third down when it was fourth. "Any suggestion the wrong down info was a deliberate effort to affect the outcome of the game is nonsense," Harbaugh said. "We knew what the down and distance were. The scoreboard was not a factor for us."

SUPER BOWL XLVI

Patriots vs. Giants

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

TV/radio: Ch. 8; 1010-AM

Line: Patriots by 3

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