The 2013 Super Bowl will be one of the most exciting matchups in years, as it features a ton of storylines leading up to the action and promises to deliver on the field when the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers.
With two weeks left until the “Big Game” kicks off, there’s going to be plenty of time to discuss the Harbaugh brothers coaching against one another with the Lombardi Trophy on the line, Ray Lewis’ retirement and all of the other juicy plots and gossip surrounding the contest.
However, one thing that shouldn’t wait is a wager. The longer you wait to gamble on the Super Bowl, the less likely it is that you will find a line in your favor. We’re here to help you make a quick, informed decision so you can get a prompt bet in before the majority of the public.
Let’s take a look at where you can watch the game, when it takes place, examine the point spread and over/under (courtesy of VegasInsider), make a prediction on the final score and much more in our 2013 Super Bowl betting preview.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
Listen: Sirus XM Radio: 88
Point Spread: San Francisco 49ers (-4) over Baltimore Ravens (via VegasInsider)
We’re taking the underdog in this one.
Which team will cover?
After picking against the Ravens for three straight weeks, we’re finally sold on this team’s ability. They proved they are the best squad in the AFC after edging the Denver Broncos and dismantling the New England Patriots, feats that have given the players a huge momentum boost going into the final game of the season.
Because Baltimore has not just been winning against the spread, but rather straight up as underdogs, it’s certainly worthwhile to take a look at the moneyline if you are going to pick the Maryland-based franchise.
VegasInsider has the team at +160 for the ML, and it’s certainly worth a wager if you believe—as we do—that the Ravens are going to outright win down in the Big Easy on Feb. 3.
Over/Under: 49 (via VegasInsider)
This is a great line, but we’re going with the over.
Many postseason matchups come down to offense—despite the mantra that defense wins championships. Even though the Ravens and 49ers possess two of the best units in the league on that side of the football, it is their offensive firepower that brought them here.
Don’t expect that to change with the Lombardi Trophy hinging on the outcome, and it’s likely that the victor is the side that performed better on the offensive side of the football.
We foresee a back-and-forth affair that results in a lot of points scored, cashing tickets for those who bet on the over in the Super Bowl.
Key Ravens Player: Ray Lewis
Lewis is the emotional leader of the Ravens and the team will need him to play his best in order to beat the Niners. However, it’s his inspirational qualities that will be of even more value.
While Joe Flacco is getting much of the credit for the team’s turnaround—and deservedly so—it’s the star linebacker that will be more instrumental in the Super Bowl.
Because of the two-week waiting period between the championship games and the main event, the presence of a highly vocal leader like Lewis cannot be understated.
If the 17-year veteran can rally his troops to give it their all in the final game of his career, there is a good chance he walks away from the game as a champion.
Key 49ers Player: Colin Kaepernick
This first-year starter has been an absolute machine for the Niners, and he’ll have to continue his hot streak if his franchise is to capture a sixth Super Bowl victory.
Coach Jim Harbaugh had faith in the young signal-caller and, so far, it has paid dividends. However, against a feisty, veteran defensive unit that has stoned Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, things could quickly change.
Fortunately, Kaepernick brings a dimension to the San Francisco offense with a trait that neither of those Hall of Fame QBs possess—an ability to move outside the pocket.
The second-year man out of Nevada will need to use that to his advantage and beat the Ravens defense with his legs if the 49ers are to win it all.
Prediction: Ravens 31 – 49ers 24
Which team will win the Super Bowl?
It’s going to be a back-and-forth game between two coaches that are extremely familiar with one another—not that surprising when considering they grew up together and share the same parents.
The last time these teams met, back on Thanksgiving of 2011, it was a defensive-minded affair that ended with a 16-6 Ravens victory. While we think the same team will win, there should be a fair amount more points scored.
You’re not going to want to miss a minute of the action, so make sure you get a bet in soon and tune in on Feb. 3 for what should be one of the better Super Bowls in recent years.