Super Bowl over Under: Why Betting Under Is Super Sunday's Safest Wager

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 29:  A Super Bolw flag is seen on Bourbon Street prior to the start of Super Bowl XLVII at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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As the 2013 Super Bowl approaches, the excitement over the battle between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers has football fans across the country ready to put down a wager or two on the outcome of Super Sunday’s big game.

The safest bet for this year’s Super Bowl will be the over/under.

With both teams predicated on tough defense and a strong rushing attack that opens up the passing game, the battle between the Harbaugh brothers will be a low-scoring affair that should have gamblers running to bet the under.

The old adage is that defense wins championships, and this year especially, that old cliché could win some NFL fans a pretty penny.


Game Info: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans

Watch: CBS


Betting Information (via

Over/Under Line: 47.5 points

While this Super Bowl matchup of unlikely foes has been scrutinized from every angle over the last two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens are incredibly similar on paper.

It’s easy to see that these two teams are built by brothers—Jim and John Harbaugh—who were raised with a certain mentality when it comes to football. These are two of the hardest-working rosters in the NFL, and that will result in a war this Sunday.

Neither side wants to give an inch, making every yard hard to come by in this game.

San Francisco has one of the deepest and most talented defensive units in the NFL (ranked fourth against both the pass and rush during the regular season), but the Baltimore defense is following the lead of veteran Ray Lewis and has been playing above their expectations.

As talented as both the 49ers and Ravens are offensively—each has the ability to stretch the field with the pass and the rush—these elite defensive units will step up on the big stage of the Super Bowl and limit the damage their opponents can inflict.

The biggest difference in this matchup will be how well each defense knows the other team’s offense.

While SF looks at Baltimore as a traditional offense that it can formulate a plan to stop, the Ravens are forced to deal with a 49ers pistol scheme that could keep them guessing all day.

It will be the ultimate defensive chess match on the field Super Sunday.

No matter who wins the game, defense will be the biggest storyline, and betting the under is the safest way to go.


Prediction: San Francisco 24, Baltimore Ravens 17