Sports books in Las Vegas have made San Francisco a 4-1/2-point favorite over the Baltimore Ravens in the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in New Orleans.
LAS VEGAS — Sports books in Las Vegas have made San Francisco a favorite over the Baltimore Ravens in the Feb. 3 Super Bowl, based on the 49ers’ solid record and popularity with sports fans.
Most oddsmakers listed San Francisco as a 4 ½-point favorite and put the Super Bowl total score at 49 points. Thus gamblers who bet on the 49ers will collect only if they win by a margin surpassing 4 ½ points.
In addition to betting on which team wins the game in New Orleans, fans can put money on whether the total points scored will fall short of or exceed 49.
Jay Kornegay, race- and sports-book director at The LVH casino, said his book made the 49ers a 4 ½-point favorite and moved the line to four points as bettors gambled on the Ravens.
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“The Ravens don’t get a lot of respect from the public, but that bandwagon is getting a lot more supporters as we speak,” he said.
San Francisco rallied from 17 points down to beat the Falcons 28-24 in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Atlanta. Baltimore beat host New England 28-13 for the AFC title.
Oddsmakers say average fans combine to bet a greater sum than professional bettors on the Super Bowl.
“The Super Bowl is the one game all year where the public’s money dominates the action,” Kornegay said.
• TV viewership for Sunday’s conference-championship games declined from last season.
The AFC game, a rematch from 2012, averaged 47.7 million viewers on CBS in the late slot, meaning it was in prime time in many markets. Last year’s late-slot game, a 20-17 overtime victory by the New York Giants over the 49ers for the NFC title on Fox, averaged 57.6 million.
Sunday’s NFC game on Fox averaged 42 million viewers in the early slot, down from 48.7 million for last year’s AFC title game in the early slot on CBS.
• Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan suffered a sprained left AC shoulder joint late in Sunday’s game. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons coach Mike Smith said Ryan will not need surgery and would have played in the Super Bowl if the team had advanced.
“They (medical personnel) feel like it’s a three- to four-week recovery,” Smith said. “But again, he would have played in two weeks.”