Ravens Underdogs on Super Bowl Opening line

Authored by: Benjamin Eckstein

The Baltimore Ravens will be underdogs on the NFL betting lines for the third straight game when they take the field in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 3. Can they pay off for their supporters again?

The Ravens started the playoffs with a 24-9 home win over the Indianapolis Colts as a 7.5-point favorite on the NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks in the Wild Card Round. Baltimore then upset Denver in a 38-35 victory as a big 9-point road underdog in their second game of the postseason before dispatching Tom Brady and the Patriots as an 8-point road underdog in the AFC Championship Game over the weekend.

Baltimore QB Joe Flacco continued his strong postseason run against New England, completing 21 of his 36 pass attempts for 240 yards with three touchdown strikes and no interceptions; Flacco has eight TD passes and no interceptions in the playoffs. Ray Rice rushed for 48 yards and a score for the Ravens in their AFC title game victory.

The Niners had a bye through the first round of the playoffs, then bounced Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 45-31 as a 3-point home favorite in the second round behind QB Colin Kaepernick's 263-passing yard, 181-rushing yard, four-touchdown performance. Kaepernick only ran for 21 yards against the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, but the Niners still managed to erase a 17-0 deficit and storm back for a 28-24 road victory as a 3.5-point favorite at the sportsbooks.

That has Baltimore and San Francisco a combined 5-0 ATS so far in the playoffs, with the OVER/UNDER going 1-2 in Ravens games and 2-0 in Niners games. For the Super Bowl the Niners have opened as 4-point favorites on the NFL betting lines at 5Dimes, with the OVER/UNDER for the game in New Orleans pegged at 48.5 points.

Super Bowl XLVII is set to kick off around 6:30pm ET on Sunday, February 3, with the Ravens and the Niners both listed at -101 on the NFL props at 5Dimes to win the coin toss prior to the championship contest. Check for more NFL props over the next week.

NFL bettors at the sportsbooks will also get the chance to wager on the Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 27, with the AFC taking on the NFC at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu; six Ravens and nine 49ers were selected for the Pro Bowl and won't be making the trip. The AFC and NFC have alternated wins and losses in the Pro Bowl over the past four seasons, with the AFC winning 59-41 last season to tie up the all-time series at 21-21.