Super Bowl Line: Betting Preview for Ravens vs. 49ers Matchup

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01:  The Vince Lombardi trophy and helmets are displayed prior to a press conference with Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl XLVII at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ravens will play the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Super Bowl is setting up to be one of the most exciting championship game matchups in history, and the battle between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens is a gambler’s dream.

With so much attention on every detail and storyline between these two teams, the intrigue around the betting line, the over/under and spread have hardcore gamblers and part-time parlayers ready to make a wager.

Before you place a single bet for Sunday’s big game, be sure to check out the betting preview below and bet with your head, not your heart.


Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream:

Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 88, WBAL 1090 AM (Baltimore) or KNBR 680 AM (San Francisco)


Betting Information (via

Over/Under Line: 47 points

While the over/under is set at a conservative 47 points, this is one of the hardest lines to pick all year. Both offenses have played amazing this postseason, but each team is predicated on defense first.

San Francisco is ranked fourth against the run and the pass, but it’s the defense of the Baltimore Ravens that is playing just as efficiently right now.

With both defensive units extremely talented and ready to leave it all on the field, this is leaning more toward a low-scoring defensive battle than an all-out offensive assault.

This is one of those wagers that I would stay away from at all costs, but if you need to pick one way or the other, go under 47 points in hope that defense will once again win a championship.


Spread: San Francisco (-3.5)

The San Francisco 49ers are the favorites coming into their Super Bowl matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, but the safer bet in this game will be the Ravens plus 3.5 points.

Both teams will be willing to play harder than they have ever played in their lives, and that almost always results in a close game. This Super Bowl matchup of blue-collar teams will be no exception.

These two squads are built similarly, and the fact that both defensive units are elite and each offense is predicated on running the ball signifies this will be a close game throughout.

With San Francisco having the edge in special teams, but Baltimore having the better kicker, taking the Ravens with 3.5 points is the safest place to put your money.

This could easily be a 24-21 victory for either team, and the bettor would win taking Baltimore either way.