Super Bowl Prop Bets: Highlighting Popular Low-Risk Wagers for Ravens vs. 49ers

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on prior to the 2013 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The odds are pretty good that you're team didn't make it to Super Bowl XLVII, meaning that you couldn't care less about Ray Lewis' last run or the Harbaugh brothers making history.

If you're one of those millions of disappointed and maybe even bitter fans, then you'll need something to root for on Super Sunday. Don't worry, we got you covered. 

Here we'll take a closer look at some popular, but also low-risk prop bets for football fans to pursue over the next two weeks.

Coin Toss

This popular prop bet is as low-risk as it gets. There are only two possibilities, heads or tails, and your chances of being wrong are the same as your chances to win.

Besides betting on the coin toss, it's important to remember that the last four tosses have come up heads, and five out of the last six overall. It seems we are due for tails in 2013, but there are plenty of factors that will come into play at midfield of the Superdome on Feb. 3.

If you plan on betting on which team will win the toss, consider this: The AFC won it in 2012, but the NFC had won it 14 years straight prior to that. The odds say the AFC is due to win again, but the NFC seems to have a bit of old-fashioned luck on its side.

Choose wisely.

Team to Score First

Picking which team will score first is another low-risk bet in the sense that you have a solid 50-50 shot at being right. The oddsmakers have the Ravens at +105 to score first, and the 49ers at -125 (according to Like others, this prop bet depends on a handful of factors.

Which team wins the toss?

Which team receives the ball to start? 

The oddsmakers say Niners running back Frank Gore is most likely to score the game's first touchdown (according to

In the end though, there are only two possibilities here, and that makes this bet both simple and low-risk, even for casual sports fans and bettors.

Longest Touchdown of the Game

The oddsmakers have the over/under on the longest touchdown of Super Bowl XLVII at 45.5 yards (according to

Although anything could happen, it's unlikely that either side scores a touchdown of more than 45 yards. Taking the under is probably the safest bet.

Neither of the last two Super Bowls featured a touchdown of over 37 yards. Plus, you have to revisit Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 to find the last time a touchdown of more than 45 yards was scored, and that came on a late interception return by New Orleans' Tracy Porter.

In addition to both teams boasting stout defensive units, coaches usually opt for more conservative offensive game plans during the Super Bowl, and for obvious reasons. If you get that far, why risk beating yourself?

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