Finally the moment has arrived as Super Bowl XLVII is upon us.
As of this week, the 49ers will enter Sunday's match-up as 4-point favorites over the Ravens. The 49ers originally entered as 5-point favorites, which was reduced to 4.5, and then eventually 4. As the week has gone on, more people have been putting money on the Ravens.
Based on what I've seen around town, Ravens fans outnumber 49ers fans down here about 10-1. Makes me wonder about SF's pre-snap motion...— SC_DougFarrar (@SC_DougFarrar) February 2, 2013
A lot of folks have bought into this being Baltimore's year.
The fact that the Ravens got past Andrew Luck and the Colts, Peyton Manning and the Broncos, followed by Tom Brady and the Patriots, is incredible. That run alone gives them so much momentum going into the big game. Not to mention, if they can outscore these high-powered AFC teams, it's easy to suggest that they could outscore the Niners.
This journey has also been labeled as Ray Lewis' "last ride," seeing as he will retire after this game. After 17 years, Lewis will hang it up, so he should be putting everything he has left into this one game.
Seeing as how the 49ers are the favorites in this one, bettors may be inclined to put some last minute wagers on the Ravens. The payout for Baltimore would be more significant than a bet on San Francisco. And considering that the 49ers have only wilted against teams that can match them physically, the odds for the Ravens really aren't that bad in this one.