With the 2013 Super Bowl just a few days away, the marquee matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens will have the city of New Orleans partying harder than they already do.
It won’t be just the Big Easy that’s celebrating the Super Bowl, as America and the world prepares for what should be the most watched television event of the year.
According to the Los Angeles Times, an average of 111.3 million total viewers watched last year’s Super Bowl and an estimated 177 million viewers viewed at least six minutes of the event.
Don’t be one of the few people that miss out on the action of this amazing matchup between AFC and NFC powerhouses, and use all the information below to ensure that wherever you are, Super Bowl XLVII is never far away.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 88, WBAL 1090 AM (Baltimore) or KNBR 680 AM (San Francisco)
Betting Information (via Covers)
Over/Under: 47 points
While you’re watching Sunday’s big game, what better way to add a little enjoyment to the action than by playing a few squares in an office pool or placing a few friendly wagers on the outcome?
With an over/under set at 47 points, those that feel lucky enough to make a wager on this bet should be cautious of the fact that both teams have great defenses and great offenses.
This is one of those unique matchups that could be a low-scoring 17-14 war or an all-out 34-31 offensive assault.
If you are uncertain with this wager, walk away from it because it’s just too risky. If you must pick, though, take the under as defense always tends to win championships.
Spread: San Francisco (-3.5)
As the week has progressed and the Super Bowl has gotten closer, the spread has gotten smaller and the favorite San Francisco 49ers are getting less and less of a point cushion.
Now that the 49ers are favored by just 3.5 points, betting the spread is a tough wager.
Many of the sports best soothsayers have claimed that this will be a three-point win for either Baltimore or San Francisco, and that leaves gamblers out in the cold with which way to wager on the spread.
If you must make a bet on the spread of the Super Bowl, take the Ravens with the points because the slight edge in odds is in your favor.
Prediction: San Francisco 24, Baltimore 21
There is no doubt that both the 49ers and Ravens’ offensive units could put up huge numbers on any NFL team, but each will be facing off with the toughest defenses in the AFC and NFC respectively.
Baltimore’s defensive unit wasn’t as intimidating during the regular season as they were in years past, but the return of Ray Lewis in the playoffs and the leadership he brings on the field has resulted in the Ravens winning their way to the Super Bowl.
San Francisco isn’t intimidated by the talented opponents the team will face on Super Sunday; especially when the 49ers’ defense is just as talented, if not more so, than the Ravens’ defensive unit.
The 49ers have allowed 31 and 24 points in the first two postseason games respectively, but the team's defense will stiffen up during the Super Bowl and give San Fran's offensive unit a chance to steal a win.
With these teams so evenly matched, San Francisco beating Baltimore 24-21 is a perfect ending to an amazing season.