The Seattle Seahawks are officially Super Bowl champions, destroying the Denver Broncos by a final score of 43-8. The game was never really in doubt as the Seahawks defense thoroughly dominated the supposedly potent Broncos offense.
For the gamblers of the world, there were a lot of ways to win some money on what was a relative snoozer of a game. If you bet on the underdog Seahawks, they easily cleared the spread. The Broncos opened as 3-point favorites. Late money came in on the Seahawks to move the line down to a point in some places, and clearly those people knew what they were doing (or were just lucky!).
The Seahawks domination also helped this game climb over the 47-point total installed before the game. It looked like the Seahawks might cruise past the over/under on their own, but they took their foot off the pedal in the fourth quarter. The Broncos avoided the first shutout in Super Bowl history, and that was enough to bump this game over.
There were plenty of player and novelty props to keep you entertained. Malcolm Smith took home the MVP award, becoming the first defensive player since Dexter Jackson in Super Bowl XXXVII. Smith was not even available for wager, meaning if you bet the field, you won on 20/1 odds.
The National Anthem is always a popular bet. The over/under was set particularly high at 2 minutes, 30 seconds. It came down to 2 minutes, 25 seconds in some places, but even that was not nearly enough. Opera singer Renee Fleming came in at a crisp 1 minute, 53 seconds.
The Gatorade bath is another fun one. This year, the Seahawks doused winning coach Pete Carroll with orange gatorade. Clear was getting some good run for a while, although last year we did not see a color for Ravens coach John Harbaugh. I'm a little surprised we didn't see a more Seahawks green for the Gatorade.
Finally, we go back to the beginning. The coin toss has 50/50 odds, and this year's bucked a recent trend. Heads had won the last five Super Bowls, but this year the "tails never fails" mantra got back in the win column. The Seahawks called tails and won.