As the 2013 Super Bowl approaches, the excitement from the gambling community around the epic Baltimore Ravens versus the San Francisco 49ers matchup is through the roof.
With a betting line and spread that could go either way on Super Sunday, making the right wager on the biggest NFL game of the year is imperative to the gambler enjoying the game.
There’s nothing worse than making the wrong bet and having it ruin the Super Bowl.
If you’re looking to come out of Sunday as a winner yourself, be sure to listen to the advice below and bet with your brain, not your heart. Good luck.
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 Line: 47 points
As talented as both offensive units have been this season, the Super Bowl is almost always won by the team with the best defense. Baltimore and San Francisco each believe that its defense is superior, and the stalemate NFL fans see Sunday will be a low-scoring affair.
Both lineups are very able to put up huge points offensively (the 49ers put up 45 on Green Bay and the Ravens put up 38 on Denver this postseason), but neither has faced a defense as tough as the one they’ll square off against this Super Sunday.
If you are looking to make a wager on this year's Super Bowl matchup, be sure to bet the under because these teams will not score more than 46 points total on Sunday; there is too much pride on the line defensively.
Spread: San Francisco (-3.5)
Not only does San Francisco boast one of the most talented defensive units in the league (fourth in both yards allowed against the rush and the pass), Ray Lewis and the Baltimore’s defensive unit has played just as well this postseason.
Neither team will leave an ounce of effort in the tank Sunday, so those looking to make a wager should expect this game to remain frustratingly close on the scoreboard throughout this defensive standoff.
With San Francisco giving 3.5 points right off the bat and most fans calling this just a slight edge for the 49ers—if not an even pick-‘em game—gamblers should be placing their wagers on the Ravens.
This is the toughest bet of the Super Bowl, but the odds are in favor of the person putting their money on the underdog in this case. Baltimore is a risk well worth taking.
Prediction: Baltimore 24, San Francisco 21
There is no doubt that this Super Bowl matchup will be very close on the scoreboard, as these two teams are as evenly matched as any NFL would dream of when planning the perfect championship game.
Both teams are predicated on their defensive play, but it is the timely scoring of their offenses that makes them special. With the 49ers and Ravens both cut from the same cloth, these teams were built to play against each other.
Each organization is run by one of the Harbaugh brothers—Jim is head coach in San Francisco and John is head coach in Baltimore—and that is one of the major reasons these teams are built so similarly.
While each team’s roster has advantages over the other (the 49ers have the better rushing attack and the Ravens have the better air assault), the biggest edge in the Super Bowl will go to the team with the most consistent kicking game.
San Francisco may have the veteran David Akers, but his mediocre play this season (29-of-42 on field goal attempts) doesn’t give the team any advantage.
It will be Baltimore and the team’s rookie kicker Justin Tucker that will be the difference in the Super Bowl. After going 30-of-33 during the regular season and 2-of-2 so far in the postseason, Tucker’s incredible rookie season kicking the ball is what will send the Ravens to a victory Sunday.