There are four teams vying for a berth in the 2013 Super Bowl, New England, Atlanta, Baltimore and San Francisco. After the AFC and NFC Championship games only two will be alive. Who are the 2013 Super Bowl favorites? The New England Patriots lead the way as Super Bowl favorites at 1/1 odds. Let’s preview the top favorites and maybe an underdog who could challenge the big dogs. Get the current 2013 Super Bowl Betting Lines now.
The Patriots (1/1) only real issue coming out of their beatdown of the Texans is the reported loss of Rob Gronkowski for the remainder of the postseason. Of course, Tom Brady and the Pats offense have pretty much hummed along without him the second half of the season. This is a new team with a lot of the old faces. Bill Belichick has reinvented this team in a way that hasn’t gotten enough credit this season. The defense is no longer a liability and the running game is legit. The passing game is stacked with multidimensional players not named Wes Welker to free up Brady’s ability to progress through reads. This is a more balanced team than the Patriots have brought to the playoffs in the past few seasons.
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The Niners (2/1) looked dominant in their win over the Packers in the Divisional round. Colin Kaepernick is a dual threat and made his head coach proud and looking like a genius as he ran for 181 yards and threw for 263—accounting for four total touchdowns. He was rusty in the air and still looked like a young passer at times. But, he was good enough to trounce a good Green Bay Packers squad.
The Falcons (11/2) have put more weapons around QB Matt Ryan in the regular season and he was still was looking for his first playoff run. He finally got it after squeaking by Seattle. With Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez the Falcons needed to make the Championship final. They are rallying around TE Tony Gonzalez as they hope to make the Super Bowl so he can raise the Lombardy Trophy before retirement.
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The Ravens (15/2) survived an epic, double-overtime thriller against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round. QB Joe Flacco won with his usual protection and his usual weapons. The only thing that changed was the offensive philosophy with Jim Caldwell calling the shots. The Ravens continue their emotional journey trying to get their veteran leader, Ray Lewis, back on the Super Bowl stage one last time. The Ravens beat the Patriots in Week 3, 31-30, at home.
The Bottom Line: it’s looking like a Patriots vs Niners Super Bowl. The Niners have the offense to match and a better defense. Their QB Kaepernick is a duel threat while Brady is not. If the Niners make the big dance, they’ll win. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the Super Bowl.