Super Bowl XLVIII Betting Recap: Sportsbooks Win Big on Seahawks

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson holds the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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It was hyped an instant classic between the league's top two unitsoffensive and defensivebut the hype started dying with the first play from scrimmage.

Seattle bettors started partying early as the Seahawks mauled the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. As two-point underdogs, this was the easiest money in a long time.

The result of a Seahawks outright win and cover was great news for online sportsbooks and those in Vegas and overseas too. And while the sharp bettors did well, the books made a fortune after the public poured most of this year's Super Bowl wagers behind Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

Denver attracted nearly 70 percent of the action, overall, while the sharps reportedly closed the gap late, taking the Seahawks plus 2.5 points.

And Super Bowl prop bettors represented an even mix of sad and glad, as per Odds Shark. Those betting on Manning to win Super Bowl MVP and surpass 292.5 passing yards lost. The joke was that Bruno Mars might have done a better job in the second half, after he rocked the halftime show.

Some books cheered the Over 47.5 result, while others jeered it.

The widespread concern about the weather saw early action on Under 47. But when reports came out skies would be clear and temperatures would be in the 40s, the total climbed as high as 48 before kickoff, before settling in at 47.5.

Proposition bettors were elated 12 seconds into the game when the snap sailed by Manning and into the end zone for a safety, as the "will there be a safety" prop cashed in for the third straight year and paid +600 at some places.

Prop players who wagered on Percy Harvin scoring a touchdown also cashed in 12 seconds into the second half, when he returned the second-half kickoff to the house. The odds of him scoring a touchdown in the game were +200. That run also clinched bets on special teams TDs.

Manning's touchdown pass proposition total was placed at three, and the Seahawks' defense solidified the under by keeping the pressure on him throughout the game, as he only threw one on the night.

Leading up to the Super Bowl, the Seahawks were anywhere from 10-1 to 12-1 to win the 2015 Super Bowl, but after their destruction of the Broncos, they're now a 5-to-1 favorite on Super Bowl XLIX futures.

The Broncos are just behind at 7-1, while Seattle's chief-rival, the San Francisco 49ershas nestled in at 8-1. The New England Patriots, who lost the AFC Championship to the Broncos, are 15-1, while the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are both 20-1.

The longest shots on the board are the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars, who are both 150-1.