Super Bowl gambling has seen many double digit underdogs beat the Super Bowl odds and win their games straight up in the process. The most recent Super Bowl gambling example of double digit dogs beating the Super Bowl odds and taking home the Lombardi Trophy was in 2008 when the New York Giants were 13.5-point underdogs on the odds to win Super Bowl XLII against the New England Patriots.
The Patriots entered Super Bowl gambling action that year as a forgone conclusion to beat the Super Bowl odds and complete the first undefeated season since the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Many of those who bet the odds to win Super Bowl XLII never thought that the Giants had a legitimate Super Bowl gambling chance.
Much of this was based on the Super Bowl gambling hype in the two weeks leading up to the game as all anyone heard about as New England’s shot at perfection, which dwarfed all reason, logic, and the merits of the matchup. The Giants had almost beat the Patriots just one month prior but that Super Bowl gambling fact got lost in the hype.
However it didn’t get lost on Super Sunday as the Giants scored one of the greatest Super Bowl gambling upset wins of all time when they beat the Patriots 17-14.
In some ways that Super Bowl gambling loss for the Patriots brought them full circle as they became a legitimate Super Bowl contender with the public by winning the 2002 championship against the St. Louis Rams. St. Louis was a 14-point Super Bowl gambling favorite against the Patriots and their offense was considered unstoppable.
Once again the Super Bowl gambling hype took a life of its own and the Patriots were written off as hopeless against the Rams juggernaut and yet New England stunned the world with a 20-17 shocker to begin their dynasty and ruin what was hoped to be a second Rams title in three years.
To have a Super Sunday stay focused on the merits of the matchup and tune out the hype.