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Super Bowl Prop Bets: Last-Minute Odds and Picks

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott performs the coin toss before the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2012

30 out of 32 NFL fan bases don't get the luxury of watching their team in the Super Bowl this year, but schooling your friends on a bizarre repertoire of prop bets should provide some consolation for fans who have no allegiance to the Giants or Patriots. 

Prop bets make everything from the coin toss to the length of the national anthem meaningful. Here is everything you need to know to beat your friends and pick up some cash along the way.

How many times will Peyton Manning be shown during the game? (over/under 3 1/2)

The over is a slam dunk here. Peyton Manning didn't play a down this year and is still the story of the 2011-2012 season.

INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 26:  Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts waves to the crowd during the IPL 500 Festival Parade for the IRL Indycar Series 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Ima
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The Super Bowl is in Indianapolis, his little brother is in the game and his soap opera with the Colts has become the biggest story leading up to the offseason.

Expect Manning to be show a minimum of five times and mentioned at least three additional times. Just like the cameras couldn't get enough of Jessica Simpson when she was watching Tony Romo sling the ball around, Manning will be getting a ridiculous amount of air time.

Coin Toss

When betting on the coin toss, you've got a 50/50 shot, right?

Wrong.

The NFC has won the coin toss an unfathomable 14 years in a row. The football gods smile upon the NFC during the coin toss and though the, "what are the odds of this happening again?" argument may have been valid when the NFC hit it three consecutive times, you'd be crazy to bet against the NFC at this point.

Will either team score in the first 6 minutes of the game?

The answer here is yes, and any sucker willing to take you up on this bet deserves to be robbed blind.

Regardless of who touches the ball first, points are going on the board in the opening drive. This matchup features two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks at the height of their game with a bevy of weapons at their disposal.

Both defenses are suspect, and though neither team scored until the second half in their first encounter, both offenses are red hot coming into this game and won't be contained out of the gate.

Longest touchdown of the game (over/under 49.5 yards)

Go with the over here. Victor Cruz and Wes Welker both have 99 yard touchdowns on the season, and though a record-tying play may not be in the works in this game, a game-breaking play is inevitable.

The Patriots have the second-worst pass defense in the league. With the trio of wide receivers Eli Manning has in his arsenal, it would be shocking if a 50-yard play didn't occur at least once.

How long will it take Kelly Clarkson to sing the National Anthem? (over/under 1 minutes 34 seconds)

In order to properly gauge how long Ms. Clarkson takes to belt out the National Anthem, let's take a look at the tape.

As you can see, from the first lyric to the last note, it takes Clarkson 1:32 1/2 seconds. Barring some sort of Christina Aguilera meltdown, the under is golden here.

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