Super Bowl Trends: Why San Francisco 49ers Have Betting Edge on Baltimore Ravens

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  Running back Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with head coach Jim Harbaugh after scoring a nine-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There will be plenty of position-by-position analysis of Super Bowl XLVII, but what about trends analysis of how these teams got here and who can continue to win?

San Francisco opened as 4.5-point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens and many experts believe that line will continue inching toward -3 as Super Bowl betting ramps into high gear.

But the trends—like the point spread—favors the 49ers.


Underdog vs Favorite Role

For starters, San Francisco has thrived in the role as chalk (favorite). In their past 10 games, the Niners are 8-1-1 straight-up (SU), with that one sloppy tie against St. Louis creating that ugly record, according to the database results at

Baltimore, meanwhile, has won three of four recent games as an underdog, but they are just 5-11 SU in their past 16 games when an underdog of four points or less. That is likely to be the scenario when kickoff happens on Feb. 3.


NFC Has Dominated ATS

For a long time, the AFC dominated the Super Bowl, winning eight of 10 games from 1998 to 2007. But lately, the NFC has been winning and covering the spread.

NFC teams have won four of the last five games and are 5-0 against the spread (ATS), according to the Super Bowl odds history chart (the Cardinals covered the spread in their Super Bowl XLIII loss to the Steelers).


Both Teams Perfect in Playoffs

San Francisco has won twice and covered twice in the playoffs while the Ravens are 3-0 ATS, winning twice outright as huge road underdogs (+9 at Denver and +8 at New England).

Niner bettors, however, were lucky in the NFC title game, as the San Francisco rally and 28-24 win meant that bettors who got their team at -3.5 were winners. Those who bet early in the week when the point spread was -4.5 were losers at the sportsbook window.


Computer Prediction

Human handicappers like the 49ers and so does the math-based, objective prediction computer. The NFL picks tool has predicted a 30-25 victory for San Francisco.


Other Super Bowl Trends

Underdogs have dominated the betting recently, going 8-3 ATS in 11 games.

The Ravens are 11-3 SU in their past 14 games vs NFC West teams (dating back to 1999).

The 49ers have played 7 straight UNDERs vs AFC North teams.

The 49ers have played 6 straight OVERs during the past six weeks.


All odds, stats and trends mentioned courtesy of Mike Pickett is an Analyst at Bleacher Report and contributes to the Twitter feed.