After all the talk of the Harbaugh brothers, neither will be involved in the Super Bowl. Instead, it’s a rematch of perhaps the greatest Super Bowl of all time – Super Bowl XLII.
The Patriots, who managed to avoid a Ravens upset thanks to a last-minute shanked Billy Cundiff 32 yard field goal attempt, will get a chance to avenge their Super Bowl defeat at the hands of Eli Manning and the New York Giants. As soon as the Giants kicked a game-winning overtime field goal to beat the San Francisco 49ers, sports books opened the Super Bowl line:
New England (-3.5) with a total of 55Â
Immediately after the line opened, early money came in on the Giants and the over which pushed the total up to 55.5. Only one Super Bowl has had a total over 55 (Super Bowl XLIV between Colts and Saints which closed at 57). Since then, the MGM has reported already taking “6 figures” on the Patriots with some pro money coming back on the Giants (via @coversports).
Meanwhile, Cantor Gaming, home to the biggest money bettors in Vegas, has told Covers that they were “flooded” with Patriots money as soon as the line opened.
Given the how critical the 3 point line is, it will be interesting to see if enough money will come in on either side to force books to move off that critical number. In Super Bowl XLII, the Patriots were 12 point favorites over the Giants with a total of 55. The Giants won that game outright 17-14 and the game easily stayed under the total.
These two teams also played earlier in the year in Foxborough. The Patriots were 9.5 point favorites and again, the Giants won outright 24-20 keeping the game under the total of 51.5.