The San Francisco 49ers were one of the NFL’s best during 1980’s and 1990’s, but the 2000s were bare until head coach Jim Harbaugh came on board. He’s led the 49ers to a remarkable turnaround that will see them play in the Super Bowl in just his second season. This campaign has been headlined by Harbaugh’s decision to switch to quarterback Colin Kaepernick – even when Alex Smith was healthy again after a concussion. The second-year pivot leads the way in the Niners’ Super Bowl props.
Kaepernick is actually the favorite to win the MVP award for the big game and that shouldn’t really be a surprise as quarterbacks are usually given the nod here. Someone else will need an extraordinary game in order to beat out their signal-caller for this trophy. Quarterbacks have been named the MVP of the Super Bowl 25 times and five of the last six MVP’s have come from that position. Kaepernick is followed by Baltimore counterpart Joe Flacco but Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree are other 49er players that are worthy of a look. Also, Aldon Smith could be a darkhorse for this award as the defensive end is a major disruption on that side of the ball and even though defensive players have won the Super Bowl MVP just eight times, Smith has shown the ability to take over game from his position.
Odds to win the Super Bowl XLVII MVP
Colin Kaepernick +130
Joe Flacco +200
Frank Gore +500
Michael Crabtree +1200
Aldon Smith +2500
Back to Kaepernick, you’ll find an assortment of props on him specifically, such as number of pass attempts and completions, yards, whether or not he’ll throw a touchdown or a pick first, and the usual QB props. But because of Kaepernick’s ability to run the ball as well, you’ll find props for his number of rush attempts and yards, and that adds another dimension to his props. Kaepernick set a single-game record for rush yards in a 45-31 romp over Green Bay with 181 but he has also shown he could make throws during the postseason and that just doubles your opportunities to wager on the kid and make a little extra cash.
San Francisco Player to score team’s first TD:
Frank Gore +250
Colin Kaepernick +400
Michael Crabtree +400
There are also a slew of receiver/tight end props that will pit 49er players against their counterparts in an attempt to predict who will get more yards. For example, Crabtree will take on Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin, while Randy Moss will go up against Torrey Smith in a battle of deep threats. The tight ends should also be a fun prop to bet on as San Francisco’s Vernon Davis goes against Baltimore’s Dennis Pitta. You should also be able to find a prop on San Francisco’s Gore taking on Baltimore’s Ray Rice in a clash of the running backs.
There are no shortage of props to wager on for the Super Bowl and you’ll probably find more as we get closer to the big game. Check back with DSI’s betting lines throughout the week and take advantage of the great value.