Super Bowl 2013 Odds: Long Shots with Best Chance to Score 1st Touchdown

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 23, 2013

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12:  Jacoby Jones #12 of the Baltimore Ravens returns a kick against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Ravens won 38-35 in 2 overtimes. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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When looking at the prop bet of who will score the first touchdown in this year's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, there are some long shots in the field who have a great chance to put the ball into the end zone first.

Of course, you could choose to ignore every player on the list and take the biggest long shot that no touchdown will be scored in the game (75/1), but that wouldn't make much sense considering how both of these offenses have been playing lately.

Let's take a look at some players who have a great shot to score the first touchdown of Super Bowl XLVII, despite what the odds say.

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Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (30/1)

While Flacco isn't known for his speed when running the ball, that hasn't stopped him from crossing the goal line on his own accord this season.

Flacco threw for 22 touchdowns during the 2012 campaign, but he also ran it in another three times. It isn't great athleticism that helps Flacco get into the end zone on the ground, but rather all the weapons opposing defenses have to account for besides him.

With guys on the outside like Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, as well as one of the best running backs in the NFL in Ray Rice, the Ravens have plenty of other options that the 49ers have to focus on near the goal line.

If the 'Niners let their guard down in any way, that should help open up the option for Flacco to punch it in as the first score of Super Bowl XLVII.


Jacoby Jones, WR, Baltimore Ravens (25/1)

Jones is one of the Ravens' best deep passing options thanks to his blazing speed and big play ability. He cemented that belief after his 70-yard touchdown reception against the Denver Broncos in the divisional round saved Baltimore's season and sent the game into overtime.

Don't be surprised to see the Ravens take a shot down the field early on in this game.

The 49ers' defense might be under the guise that the Ravens will start the game with a more conservative approach as a result of the natural pressure players will be feeling. Baltimore can counter that by throwing it deep, and Jones would be the most likely recipient if Flacco were to take a shot down the field early.

As we've already seen, Jones can turn a deep play into a big touchdown on any given down.

On top of that, Jones has proven to be an effective kick and punt returner this season. Jones has taken one punt and two kickoffs to the house in 2012, so there are numerous ways he could get into the end zone for the first score of the Super Bowl.


Randy Moss, WR, San Francisco 49ers (12/1)

Seeing such favorable odds for Moss to score the first touchdown in this game is a bit surprising considering he has only crossed the goal line three times this season.

Clearly, Moss is no longer the receiving threat he once was and that means he isn't dealing with the same type of coverage of years past.

The 49ers have countless weapons on offense and all of them are more likely to score a touchdown than Moss. However, with that lack of attention on Moss, the possibility of him getting open and in position to score a touchdown is even greater.

Just when the Ravens' defense thinks it has guys like Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis on lockdown, Colin Kaepernick should find the veteran Moss open in the end zone.