The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are set to square off in Super Bowl XLVII, and there is a plethora of proposition bets that are sure to make the all-Harbaugh affair all the more entertaining.
After this past Sunday's entertaining action that was defined by two stirring second-half comebacks, it's at least fairly certain which of the head-coaching brothers is the prohibitive favorite to blow a gasket on the sidelines.
On that note, here is a breakdown of game information, kickoff time and the other established prop bets as featured on SportsBook.com.
When: Sunday, February 3
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Opening Spread: San Francisco (-4.5)
Moneyline: Baltimore (+170), San Francisco (-200)
As exceptional as both teams' quarterbacks have been this postseason, it's somewhat surprising to see the over/under line set at 48.
There is an unprecedented familiarity factor between opposing head coaches John and Jim Harbaugh, but the line should be higher since both teams have strong running games and dangerous vertical passing attacks.
49ers win: (-105)
Ravens win: (-105)
I am more of a "Tails Never Fails" person myself, but B/R's NFL National Lead Writer Josh Zerkle seems to vehemently disagree with that. Bet on this prop at your own risk.
It really is dumb luck—unless you have some sort of insider knowledge about a weighted coin or something.
Ravens vs. 49ers: Team to score first
San Francisco (-125)
With all of the weapons that the 49ers have, it's hard to think that they aren't the favorite to score first. Both of these teams have viable deep threats, yes, but if QB Colin Kaepernick gets to the edge early on, watch out.
Will either team score in first six minutes of the game?
Whichever offense starts with the ball will likely look to attack early on and establish tempo. That should lead to a score within the first six minutes.
First score of the game will be...
Any other score (+110)
Again, these two teams are more than capable of producing big plays, despite the traditional stoutness of both of these defenses. That should translate to either a long touchdown pass or a short goal-line run to put the first points on the board.
Ravens Total Points
Over/Under: 22.5 (-115)
49ers Total Points
Over: 26.5 (-120)
Under: 26.5 (even)
Longest Touchdown of Game
Over/Under: 45.5 yards (-115)
Team to Score Last
San Francisco: (-115)
If it comes down to the wire, the team with the ball last could easily drive to victory. Watch for the Niners to pull out a last-minute drive to win it, as Kaepernick is more likely to take advantage of conservative coverages by making plays with his legs.
Will either team score three unanswered times, conversions excluded?
This should be a tight matchup between the Brothers Harbaugh, and it would be shocking to see either team pull away. The final score shouldn't deviate too far from the four-point spread, with San Francisco is the safer bet to score thrice in a row, thanks to a superior defense on its side.
Will either team score in the last two minutes of the first half?
The Ravens have operated in the no-huddle offense throughout the year, and it has only gotten better as the postseason has worn on.
Ray Rice is among the NFL's elite at creating a huge play out of a screen pass, so even if the Ravens go conservative, they have a good shot at getting into at least field-goal position at the end of the half.
Meanwhile, many of the Niners' prominent contributors can take it to the house on any given play. The question becomes whether David Akers could nail a field goal.
Individual Scoring—First Touchdown of the Game
|Anquan Boldin (Ravens)||+1200|
|Anthony Dixon (49ers)||+5000|
|Bernard Pierce (Ravens)||+2000|
|Colin Kaepernick (49ers)||+1000|
|Delanie Walker (49ers)||+2000|
|Dennis Pitta (Ravens)||+1200|
|Ed Dickson (Ravens)||+5000|
|Frank Gore (49ers)||+500|
|Jacoby Jones (Ravens)||+2500|
|LaMichael James (49ers)||+2000|
|Michael Crabtree (49ers)||+1000|
|Randy Moss (49ers)||+2000|
|Ray Rice (Ravens)||+600|
|Ted Ginn Jr. (49ers)||+5000|
|Torrey Smith (Ravens)||+1000|
|Vernon Davis (49ers)||+1200|
|Vonta Leach (Ravens)||+4000|
|Any Other Player||+600|
|No TDs Will Be Scored||+10000|
Gore and Rice may be the prohibitive favorites, but don't be surprised to see the tight ends on either side to get a golden opportunity off of a play fake in the red zone.
As much of an underwhelming receiver as he's been in his career, Ginn is one of the fastest players on the field. He hasn't scored a touchdown all year, but watch out for an explosive return or even a surprise end-around placing him in the end zone and netting somebody some serious cash.
Margin of Victory
San Francisco 49ers
|Prop Bet ||Odds|
|Win by 1-3 points||+500|
|Win by 4-6 points||+550|
|Win by 7-10 points||+450|
|Win by 11-13 points||+1000|
|Win by 14-17 points||+800|
|Win by 18-21 points||+1500|
|Win by 22+ points||+800|
|Win by 1-3 points||+650|
|Win by 4-6 points||+800|
|Win by 7-10 points||+700|
|Win by 11-13 points||+1500|
|Win by 14-17 points||+1200|
|Win by 18-21 points||+2500|
|Win by 22+ points||+1500|
More Prop Predictions
Most Valuable Player: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
The lacking speed in the Ravens linebacker corps will make it difficult to catch Kaepernick if he has room on the perimeter.
Baltimore will also likely bring pressure and disguise coverages to confuse the young QB, which will lead to several big gains on scrambles in addition to what he does through the air.
Five of the past six MVPs have been quarterbacks, and with the Niners as the odd-on favorite to win, Kaepernick gets the nod here.
Most passing yards: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
With Kaepernick's ability to run, it's a fairly safe bet to count on Flacco as the game's top passer. Since Jim Caldwell has taken over as offensive coordinator, Flacco suddenly looks like an elite quarterback.
In the postseason thus far, the Ravens QB is averaging over nine yards per attempt and has thrown for eight touchdowns against zero interceptions. He may be due for a mistake against the tough 49ers' D, but he will end up as Super Bowl XLVII's top passer.
Most rushing yards: Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Although LaMichael James will be coming in as a change of pace and Kaepernick will also take some carries away from him, Gore is the driving force behind the Niners' power running game.
Look for him to get the ball early and often as San Francisco tries to pound it between the tackles, which should be successful, especially to the left side with Joe Staley and Mike Iupati leading the way.
Most receiving yards: Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree became the first Niners receiver since Terrell Owens to crack the 1,000-yard threshold in a single season and has emerged as Kaepernick's favorite target.
Not only is Crabtree a physical receiver that can win one-on-one battles down the field, he is also extremely dangerous after the catch. That should lead to several big plays on Super Bowl Sunday.
Most penalty yards: Baltimore Ravens
This was the second-most penalized team in the NFL during the regular season, which was a large part of why they struggled so frequently.
The Ravens are a fundamentally sound bunch, but players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard are known for laying down crushing hits. That makes them liable to pick up a couple of personal fouls in New Orleans.
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