Video: Pats now Super Bowl favorites?
Stephen A. Smith, Pierre Garcon and Skip Bayless discuss the Patriots' big win over the Texans and the Super Bowl implications for New England.
Smith says the Patriots are now Super Bowl favorites "even though I think San Francisco and a couple of other teams in the NFC might be able to do some damage to them."
Bayless agrees the 49ers could give the Patriots trouble, saying "there's a new X-factor in San Francisco named Colin Kaepernick."
He says Sunday night's Patriots-49ers showdown will be a Super Bowl preview. "Definitely, it is," he said.
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