Super Bowl Prop Bets: Breaking Down Best Lines to Wager on

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 23, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers passes the ball in the second 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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Each and every Super Bowl there are millions of people placing bets on anything from the actual spread of the game, to prop bets such as who will win the coin toss.

This year's game will pit the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens and there will be plenty of tough decisions for bettors to make when choosing which props they will take.

But it doesn't have to be that difficult and there are some bets that are surefire winners. Let's take a look at which prop bets will be the best to wager on and which way they will go.



Team to Score First Wins Game: No

Looking back at each of these team's respective playoff runs, it hasn't been vital for either squad to score first in order to win a game.

The 49ers have yet to put the first touchdown on the board in these playoffs against their opponents, yet here they are in Super Bowl XLVII.

Against the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw an interception which was taken to the house by cornerback Sam Shields for a 52-yard score. San Fran would go on to dominate the game, winning 45-31.

In the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons, quarterback Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones for a 46-yard score, putting the Falcons out in front early. The Niners also went on to win that game, 28-24.

The Ravens have failed to score the first touchdown in a game in their last two contests. The only time Baltimore has scored the first TD in a game in these playoffs happened against the Indianapolis Colts, thanks to a Justin Tucker 23-yard field goal.

But against the Denver Broncos, Baltimore surrendered the first score of the game after a 90-yard punt return from the legs of Trindon Holliday. In the AFC Championship Game, the Pats got on the board first with a 31-yard field goal from the leg of Stephen Gostkowski.

Baltimore would go on to beat the Broncos, 38-35, and the Patriots, 28-13.

In five combined playoff games, this year's Super Bowl participants have scored first just once and have still had major success. That's why betting on "no" for this prop bet makes the most sense.



The First Score of the Game Will Be: Field Goal or Safety

In this bet, you have the option of choosing between a touchdown or field goal/safety being the first score of the game, regardless of which team does it.

To say that a touchdown is more likely than a field goal as the first points in any game in the NFL can be seen as a stretch, especially in such a big game as this one.

The Super Bowl brings a ton of pressure along with it, so it's only human nature that both teams get off to a slow start. Both teams will no doubt come out of the gate tight with so many players on each side never having seen the bright lights of the Super Bowl.

That should make touchdowns hard to come by early on and while Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco should be able to lead their teams down the field in the beginning stages of this game, chances are it won't result in a touchdown.

More than likely, either team will get stopped short of the end zone, forcing a field goal situation.



Odds to Win Super Bowl MVP: Colin Kaepernick (7/4)

This bet might not yield much in return, but it is one of the safest nonetheless.

San Francisco is already favored to win the Super Bowl and when comparing both the rosters of the 49ers and Ravens, there's no doubt San Fran has the edge on paper in all aspects of the game.

So if the 49ers win the Super Bowl as many will predict, the Super Bowl MVP will no doubt be coming from their side, barring something unimaginable.

Kaepernick is the heart and soul of his team's offense at the moment and has proven so in these playoffs. Not only that, Kaepernick has the ability to put up monster numbers because he can burn teams with both his arm and legs.

Against the Packers, Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and ran for another 181, breaking the NFL single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He followed that up with another stellar performance after completing 76.2 percent of his passes against the Falcons en route to 233 yards through the air.

In total, Kaepernick has compiled five touchdowns in the playoffs this season. If the 49ers are successful in winning this game, chances are Kaepernick is behind it all and that makes him the most logical candidate to take home MVP honors in this year's Super Bowl.



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