Super Bowl Line: Why over Will Hit in High-Scoring Game

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 1, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after a touchdown ran by Ray Rice #27 in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl point spread (-4, via is a tricky proposition for bettors of the game between the San Francisco 49ers (who are favored) and Baltimore Ravens, but the over/under shouldn't be as difficult.

Las Vegas has the over/under for this game set at 47.5 (via and that's a number both teams should have no problem shattering when the score is final.

The Ravens and 49ers have had great success on the offensive side of the ball during these playoffs, so a high-scoring affair is more likely than not.

In their first two games of the playoffs, the Niners scored 45 points against the Green Bay Packers and 28 points against the Atlanta Falcons.

Colin Kaepernick has added a whole new element to San Fran's offense, and I'm not just talking about the read-option.

The second-year signal-caller has proved he can be explosive when running the ball, and big plays have become the norm for Kaepernick. After breaking the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 181 against Green Bay, it is clear that Kaepernick can change a game with his legs.

On top of that, Kaepernick can throw the ball from the pocket, as evidenced by his completing 16-of-21 passes against the Falcons. Accuracy along with arm strength has helped add an aerial attack that the 49ers didn't have with Alex Smith behind center.

Behind a great offensive line, Kaepernick will have the luxury of handing the ball off to Frank Gore, who just so happens to be one of the best running backs in the NFL and has become a certainty to break 1,000 yards on the ground each and every year.

San Francisco finished with the No. 4 rushing attack in the league during the regular season.

On the flip side, the Ravens have enjoyed a resurgence in their offensive attack thanks to the stellar play of Joe Flacco.

Baltimore has been able to put up solid point totals on the board during its improbable playoff run, including 24 against the Indianapolis Colts, 38 in two overtimes against the Denver Broncos and another 28 against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

If it's great defense that worries you about the Ravens' chances of scoring points in this game, just remember what they were able to do against the Broncos, who finished the season ranked No. 3 against both the pass and run.

Flacco has done a great job airing the ball out in the playoffs without turning the ball over once. Thanks to his great game-management skills, the Ravens are a lock to keep moving the ball down the field without any setbacks.

The Ravens signal-caller has thrown for 853 yards in three games thus far, which is impressive considering that's more than half the amount of yards Flacco threw for in his previous nine playoff appearances combined.

Ray Rice is the man lining up behind Flacco in this game and he is no slouch himself.

Rice has broken the 1,000-yard mark each of the last four seasons and is about as consistent as they come.

Granted, he hasn't made a huge impact in these playoffs—with the exception of a 131-yard effort against Denver (in two overtimes)—but Rice's versatility with running and catching the ball makes him a vital and dangerous component to the Ravens offense.

Both of these offenses are not only potent, but they have also shown the ability to score a ton of points. With that being said, the safest bet is taking the over between the 49ers and Ravens.


Final Score Prediction: 49ers 30, Ravens 27