There were several interesting prop bets for this year's Super Bowl XLVII matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, and some of them were decided early on in the broadcast.
Among the choices of prop bets, you could have bet on how long the National Anthem would take, who would record the first catch and/or which team would score the first touchdown.
Let's take a look at how each of these props turned out.
*Note: Prop bet lines are courtesy of Bovada.lv
How long will it take Alicia Keys to sing the U.S. National Anthem?
Over two minutes and 10 seconds (6/5)
Under two minutes and 10 seconds (5/8)
According to Dave Bamundo of the Wall Street Journal, only one singer in the past 10 Super Bowls has met the two minute, 10 second mark for their rendition of the National Anthem. Jennifer Hudson hit the mark right on the dot.
Beyond that, no singer in the last decade has eclipsed the mark set by Las Vegas this year, so clearly taking the under was the safe bet.
But Alicia Keys—who performed the National Anthem beautifully—carried several notes for far longer than most could imagine. It's not that it took away from this performance, but it ruined the nights of every bettor who wisely took the under.
From the first note to her completion of singing the word "brave," Keys' version took over two minutes and 30 seconds, thus scoring victory for those who took the over.
Winning Bet: Over
Team to Score First in the Game
Baltimore Ravens (21/20)
San Francisco 49ers (20/27)
Considering the 49ers had yet to score first in any of their respective playoff games, the safe bet here was to take the Ravens, who at least have scored the first touchdown in one of their playoff games.
San Fran had the advantage as they had the first possession of the game, but thanks to a three-and-out, that advantage was erased quickly.
Baltimore had the benefit of great field position after the San Francisco punt, and quarterback Joe Flacco exploited it.
Starting at their own 49-yard line, the Ravens drove 51 yards with the scoring play coming on a 13-yard strike from Flacco to Anquan Boldin.
Winning Bet: Baltimore Ravens
Player to Record the First Reception in the Game
In this bet, you had a slew of options to choose from on either side.
Again, the 49ers had the first possession of the game and came oh-so-close to winning this bet with one of their receivers. Colin Kaepernick completed a pass to his tight end, Vernon Davis, but the play was called back and didn't count thanks to a penalty.
Kaepernick would fail to complete another pass on the drive and the Niners were forced to punt.
Flacco took over next and helped decide this line rather quickly. On the first play of the Ravens' first drive, Flacco completed a pass to his fullback, Vonta Leach.
Whoever bet Leach was pretty lucky as the fullback was one of the bigger longshots in this line.
Winner: Vonta Leach (18/1)
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