Super Bowl Odds: San Francisco 49ers betting favorites vs Baltimore Ravens, opening line

Chris Graythen

The Baltimore Ravens have San Francisco right where they want them - sitting as an underdog. The Ravens are +3.5 on the opening Super Bowl odds menu, while the 49ers have been hot as a favorite.

After winning as 9-point underdogs and 8-point underdogs, the Super Bowl XLVII point spread facing the Baltimore Ravens looks like no trouble at all.

San Francisco opened as 4.5-point favorites on the Super Bowl odds menu late Sunday, but it was quickly bet down to -3.5 at several sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com, the lines partner to SBNation.

Whatever the number, the Ravens are embracing the underdog role, having upset both the Denver Broncos (+9) and New England Patriots (+8) on the road the past few weeks. [ Watch line moves here at SBNation ]

And given that the underdog is 8-3 ATS in the past 11 Super Bowls, expect bettors in Vegas and around the online world to give the Ravens more than a passing thought.

The trend favoring the NFC representative is pretty obvious, but far from a guarantee. The NFC has covered the spread in five straight Super Bowls.

The game gives Ray Lewis the opportunity to retire as a champion and gives the Harbaugh household a guaranteed happy ending to Super Bowl XLVII.

The Harbaugh brothers - Jim in San Fran and John in Baltimore - will be the first siblings to coach against each other for the Lombardi Trophy.

Super Bowl Trends

Both teams are perfect in the playoffs so far, with the 49ers 2-0 ATS and the Ravens 3-0 ATS.

49ers have played 6 straight OVERs - check

49ers 8-1-1 SU past 10 games as favorite - check

Underdogs are 8-3 ATS past 11 Super Bowls

NFC is 5-0 ATS past 5 Super Bowls

49ers played 7 straight UNDERs vs AFC North teams - check

Ravens 11-3 SU past 11 games vs NFC West teams to 1999 - check

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