Infographic: The History of Super Bowl Betting
What were the betting lines in Super Bowl history? Which Super Bowl favourites covered the line and which didn't? With both the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens advancing to Super Bowl 47, today on the blog we take a look back with our history of Super Bowl betting infographic.
In just under two week's time, the San Francisco 49ers will face the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl 47. The 49ers currently stand as 4 point favourites with the underdog Ravens looking to cause yet another upset in their quest for glory.
Super Bowl Favourites vs Super Bowl Underdogs
Today we take a look at the history of Super Bowl betting lines. Will the 49ers cover the line? In the history of the Super Bowl favourites have covered the line 25 times, with underdogs covering on 19 occasions and the handicap being right on the money twice. Favourites were particularly successful in earlier Super Bowls, covering the line in 11 of the first 14 matchups. In recent seasons however, it's been the underdogs who have been on the right side of the handicap, covering in 9 of the last 12.
Super Bowl Over/Under Betting History
In terms of the Points Total, there have been 22 Super Bowls that finished over the points line, with 23 going under. Favourites have won 33 of 46 Super Bowls played, with underdogs claiming 13 trophies. When favourites have won, the game finished over the points total 18 times, while when underdogs won, the game finished over just 4 times.
Biggest Upsets In Super Bowl History
The biggest upset in Super Bowl history was in Super Bowl 3 when the New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts as 18 point underdogs. Other notable Super Bowl upsets have been New England as 14 point underdogs over St.Louis in Super Bowl 36, Denver defeating Green Bay when underdogs of 11 points in Super Bowl 32 and the New York Giants defeating the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42 as 12 point underdogs.
Super Bowl 47: San Francisco -4 vs Baltimore +4
This year's Super Bowl between San Francisco and Baltimore is the 14th time a team has started as a favourite between 3 and 5 points, while the average betting line over the history of the Super Bowl has been 7.5 points.
With the 49ers currently posted as 4 point favourites, let's hope the trend for tightly contested Super Bowls continues this year!
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