coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:16 AM

Better squad Ravens or 49ers?

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coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:16 AM

BIG MONEY SUNDAY

Vegas report There are bettors who bet 6 or 7 figures today. Their largest bet of the year. Its only day of the year they can get down that type of money

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coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:17 AM

PROP BREAKDOWN

Most rushing yards

Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers)


Ray Rice is still the Ravens’ go-to guy out of the backfield, but Bernard Pierce has certainly cut into his workload and I think we'll see more of that Sunday. The 49ers are obviously tough up front and I'm not sure that Rice's physical, north-south running will lead to a big day on the ground. Don't be surprised if Rice is more of a factor in the Ravens’ short passing game.

Colin Kaepernick is getting all of the press, but Frank Gore is still the engine that makes the 49ers offense go. With much of the Ravens’ defensive game-planning geared toward stopping Kaepernick, Gore will find plenty of room to run. He might not see the end zone, with LaMichael James delivering consistently from 15 yards in, but he'll outrun Ray Rice by a considerable margin.

Take: Gore -17.5 yards (-110)

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coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:17 AM

Much like the National League’s one-time mastery over the American League, the NFC has held the upper hand over the AFC in Super Bowl games since the 1980 season, going 21-10 SU and 20-9-3 ATS, including 4-0 SU and ATS the last four years.

However, the NFC is only 6-9 SU and 8-6-1 ATS in the last 13 Super Bowl contests.

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coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:18 AM

ViewFromVegas of #SB47...Super Bowl Sunday dawns in Vegas with 49ers still a consensus 4-point fave over Ravens...o/u 48

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coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:19 AM

Both teams bounce back
Both the Niners and Ravens reach the Super Bowl a year after losing in their respective conference championship games. It’s just the second Super Bowl between teams to lose in AFC and NFC Championships the previous season.

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX after both teams lost in the 1994 Conference Championship games.

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coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:20 AM

SUPER BOWL (MIS)MATCHUPS

Ravens’ oh-so special teams vs. Niners’ not-so special teams

The biggest chink in the 49ers' armor this season is their special teams. San Francisco was second worst in the NFL in kick return coverage, giving up 26.9 yards per kickoff. The Niners didn’t take any chances last week, recording five touchbacks on five kickoffs. The Ravens return team was tops in the NFL in average return yards, picking up 27.3 yards per kickoff and returned two kicks for scores, both from speedster Jacoby Jones.

On top of that, Baltimore boasts the steady leg of rookie Justin Tucker, who connected on 32 of his 35 field goal attempts and is perfect on extra points. He’s hit both FG attempts in the postseason so far, which is more than 49ers kicker David Akers can say. Akers has been shaky all season (29 for 42 FGA) and “donged” a 38-yard attempt off the left upright versus Atlanta two weeks ago. San Francisco may roll the dice on fourth down instead of sending out Akers for the long FG shot Sunday.

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coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:20 AM

ironically this game marks the seventh year in a row that the NFC representative squared off against the AFC East in its designated non-conference clashes.

This is only the second time in the last 11 years the AFC is the underdog.

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coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:20 AM

The Super Bowl coin toss is one of the most popular prop bets every year. 'Heads' has been the right call in the last four Super Bowls and five of the last six.

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coleryan Posts:13847 Followers:19
02/03/2013 10:21 AM

Until last season, when New England won the flip, the NFC had won the pregame coin flip each of the previous 14 years. (Marc Lawrence)

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