Even though a total of only 16 points were scored during Super Bowl LIII, there was no shortage of action at the sportsbooks. Here’s a look back at the wild night that was in Atlanta. Bovada is responsible for providing all the live odds referenced in this betting recap.
The story of this game was the 60-minute defensive struggled that unfolded. Needless to say, the struggle was real for the night’s over bettors. At kickoff, the Super Bowl was given an over/under point total of 56.5. Hitting the over seemed entirely possible since two of the league’s top-four offenses were taking the field. That belief quickly faded after a scoreless first quarter. With the Patriots leading just 3-0 midway through the second, Bovada’s projected point total dropped more than 20 points to 35.5. That figure held steady as the game went to halftime, but would continue to fall once action resumed. By the time the fourth quarter began, 35.5 points were cut in half. The final 15 minutes of game were play with an over/under of 18.5 points. And, shockingly, the under bettors would still win with this remarkably low number.
MVP Odds Hold Steady
The three favorites to win MVP heading into the Super Bowl were Tom Brady, Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, in that order. It would remain that way for the majority of the game. Despite limited usage, Gurley stayed a favorite. Late in the contest, Gurley (+900) still trailed only Brady and Goff for best MVP odds. The Rams RB would finish the game with 10 carries for just 35 yards, and nowhere near consideration for MVP. Brady, meanwhile, only saw his stock inflate as the game clock ticked down. Brady went from +300 odds to +175 at halftime, even though his stats were underwhelming at that point. Pats WR Julian Edelman would end up taking home the hardware for his 10-catch, 141-yard performance. Another candidate for the award was Sony Michel, the game’s only TD-scorer. Michel had some of the best odds of any player listed. He finished the game with 94 yards on the ground.
Bovada labeled a Patriots’ 1-6 point victory as the most likely winning margin before kickoff. That margin would stay the favorite all throughout the game. Halfway through the scoreless first quarter, the odds only increased for that margin (+340). Of course, the Patriots would end up winning by ten points. It’s hard to believe, but this low-scoring affair resulted in New England’s largest margin of victory in any of their Super Bowls. The moneyline actually moved towards the Rams during the first half. It opened at +130 for Los Angeles, but came all the way down to -125 at one point. Before Stephen Gostkowski booted a game-sealing field goal, the Pats’ highest favoring was by 4.5 points. This game looked destined for an extra session as Goff marched the Rams deep into Patriots’ territory midway through the 4th, but oddsmakers never budged. An overtime session started at +800, and only moved as high as +750.