There’s a ton of things we can say about the annual Super Bowl, but what brings the most attention is the betting side and final stats that surround this famous game. First played in 1967 as part of a merger agreement between the National Football League (NFL) and its then-rival league the American Football League (AFL), the annual Super Bowl has gained a place in the American and the sports culture as the biggest sports event in the nation.
Initially, it was agreed that the two leagues’ champion teams would meet in the AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the merger was officially put in place in 1970. After the merger, each league was designated as a “conference”, and the game has since been played between the conference champs to determine the league’s overall champion.
The National Football Conference NFC owns a 26-23 edge over the American Football Conference (AFC) in 49 Super Bowl matches played. The Pittsburgh Steelers own the record for the most Super Bowl wins at six, closely followed by the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers with five wins each.
Usually played on the first Sunday in February, the final game of the season is usually accompanied by a wave of excitement, cheers and high-fives, but it also the most gambled-on sporting events in the world. Despite their bankroll or previous experience, fans are always looking for a chance to predict the game outcome and engage in some betting action on the side. Every year, fans bet more and more, and judging by the figures reported on each and every year, that trend isn’t likely to change anytime soon.
Since the inception of Super Bowl, favorites own a 33-15 record straight up and 26-18-2 ATS. There have only been six instances where the favorite won the game straight up but failed to cover the spread. Those outcomes happened in 2009 (Super Bowl XLIII), 2005 (Super Bowl XXXIX), 2004 (Super Bowl XXXVIII), 1996 (Super Bowl XXX), 1989 (Super Bowl XXIII) and 1976 (Super Bowl X).
Only two Super Bowl games have ended in pushes or ties. Those matchups took place in 1997 (Super Bowl XXXI, Pats 21, Packers 35) and 2000 (Super Bowl XXIV, Rams 23, Titans 16). In the 2014-15 (Super Bowl XLIX) game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, the closing line was PK (Pick ‘em) marking the first time in Super Bowl history that none of the teams playing the game were betting favorites. Both teams were tied 14–14 at halftime, the Seahawks were able to build a ten-point lead by the end of the 3rd quarter. The Patriots, however, rallied to take a 28–24 lead with less than two minutes left in the game clock.
The historical Super Bowl 50 marked the “Golden Anniversary” of the game. The Carolina Panthers closed the regular season with a 15–1 record and the best offense in the league, and quarterback Cam Newton was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP). On the other hand, veteran Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to their eight Super Bowl appereance.
The game was one of the most defensive matches in the game history, although, the Broncos took an early lead and never trailed, beating the Panthers 24-10 in Peyton Manning’s last game in the NFL.
Super Bowl LI was on of the best ones yet. The New England Patriots were on a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons and many thought the Tom Brady magic was gone, but they were so wrong.
At the second half, the Patriots were able to tie the game, making it the first and only Super Bowl to go to overtime. In the end, the Patriots were able to get the win and their fifth Super Bowl title.