Super Bowl betting fans of many years will recall how Kansas City’s Jan Stenerud was a major factor in the Chiefs 1970 win over the NFL Super Bowl Odds. Kansas City entered that Super Bowl as 12.5-point Super Bowl betting underdogs but Stenerud connected on three first half field goals, including one from 48 yards, to give the Chiefs a 9-0 lead against the Minnesota Vikings.
Kansas City went on to beat the NFL Super Bowl Odds with a 23-7 win based in large part on Stenerud’s superb kicking. Many of the Vikings said that Stenerud should have been the Super Bowl gambling most valuable player because he set the tempo and control of the game.
In Super Bowl V Jim O’Brien of the Baltimore Colts kicked a game winning 32-yard field goal in the final seconds to become a Super Bowl betting hero as the Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys. It was the first Super Bowl betting matchup ever decided by a last second field goal.
Garo Yepremian of the Miami Dolphins nearly cost his team their undefeated season of 1972 when he had a field goal blocked and then made a weak, volleyball type pass that was intercepted and ran back for a touchdown by the Washington Redskins to cut Miami’s Super Bowl betting lead to 14-7.
The Dolphins did hang on to win but their kicker would not be asked to backup Bob Griese at quarterback! In recent years Adam Vinatieri has been a Super Bowl betting hero with last second clutch kicks to beat the Super Bowl betting board when he was with the New England Patriots.
He is now with the Indianapolis Colts and could be a Super Bowl betting factor again this year. While Super Bowl hype is usually focused on the quarterbacks, coaches, and other “skill position” players a kicker often times means the difference between cashing in a winning ticket and going home broke.