SBXLVIII - Overtime Prop
January 28, 2014
By Sheldon Frank
WE’RE GOING TO OVERTIME!
A little over 55 years ago, 15 miles northeast of the sight of Super Bowl XLVIII, the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants engaged in sudden death overtime to determine the best team in professional football for 1958. Never had an NFL Championship Game gone to overtime and never had the viewing audience experienced a sense of urgency that ensued on every play.
Its common knowledge that the owner (Carroll Rosenbloom) of the Colts bet $1 million dollars on his team giving 3 ½-points. Do you wonder why Johnny Unitas went play-action pass on 2nd and goal from the Giants eight-yard line? One play later, Alan Ameche made football history and the Colts beat the Giants 23-17. This was before the birth of the American Football League.
In the AFL’s 3rd year, 1962, the Dallas Texans (Kansas City Chiefs) defeated the Houston Oilers (Tennessee Titans) 20-17 in double overtime. NBC broadcasted live the audio of the coin toss prior to overtime. After winning the toss, all of America heard Texans’ captain Abner Haynes say, “We’ll kick to the clock.”
Interesting choice, as the decision gave the opposition the ball and the wind to start sudden death overtime. Both games were mistake-filled but shared one significant similarity for their national TV audiences; UNMATCHED DRAMA! On Feb. 2, 2014 in the darkness and cold of MetLife Stadium, millions will witness the highest form of competition. This will be the first Super Bowl tied at the end of regulation!
Why is this different than the previous 47 Super Bowls? The Seahawks and Broncos are the most evenly matched teams to ever face each other in a Super Bowl.
The Seahawks are young, talented and powerful. The Broncos are skilled, experienced and sophisticated. Both teams have been favored to win their respective conferences since Week 1 of the regular season. There is no mistake that both teams lost by exactly six points at Indianapolis (Sea 28-34, Den 33-39) and there is no mistake that both teams blew out the Giants (Sea 23-0, Den 41-23) in their first trip to MetLife Stadium this season.
The Seahawks faced tough playoff competition on their road to Super Bowl XLVIII while the Broncos disposed of lesser foes with great ease. Is there anybody who thinks the Chargers are better than the Saints? The Seahawks needed an interception in their own end-zone with 25 seconds left to defeat the defending NFC Champions. Meanwhile, the Broncos cruised to an easy victory over the most overrated team, New England, in the sport to punch their ticket for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Both teams used seven-point losses late in the season at home to division rivals (Sea vs. Ari 10-17, Den vs. SD 20-27) as wake-up calls. The ultimate strength of the Broncos is quarterback Peyton Manning, directing the most prolific passing attack in the game. The ultimate strength of the Seahawks is their secondary, otherwise known as LOB (Legion of Boom)! This matchup is world class!!
There will be a lot of talk about the weather. Only after the game has been played will the “experts” be able to explain correctly who the conditions favored. In Denver’s two previous playoff games, Matt Prater kicked off 12 times and the result was 12 touchbacks. Due to weather conditions, there is a chance a healthy Percy Harvin will get the opportunity to run kickoffs back for Seattle. However, the Broncos won’t mind kicking off all night long!
There might be an opportunity for a second-half play on the Seahawks if the Broncos are up at halftime. The game will inevitably tighten up as the Broncos prevent defense has let teams back in games and the Seahawks have shown the propensity to overcome bad first halves.
Bottom line, take the proposition that gives +700 (Bet $100 to win $700) for the answer YES; The game will go to Overtime.
In case you're wondering, there were 256 games played in the regular season and 10 in the playoffs. Out of 266, 16 games went into overtime. In those 16, Seattle played in two (Tampa Bay, Houston) and Denver (New England) played in one.
Now, some people may ask, who’s gonna win in overtime? Stay tuned…
Enjoy the festivities!
-Sheldon “THE GAME” Frank
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