Super Bowl odds bettors would not likely have had Green Bay listed on top of their charts as the team that would emerge as the final Super Bowl betting winner.
The Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV 31-25 as they covered the spread as 3 point favorites with the game going over the total of 44.5. The game itself was a thrill ride but in the end the Packers proved to have what it takes to get superior Super Bowl gambling results.
Green Bay is just the third six-seed to win the Super Bowl since the playoffs were expanded. Ironically enough Pittsburgh pulled off the trick in 2005. The Packers had the most difficult challenge imaginable in winning the Super Bowl as they had to win at NFC divisional champions Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Chicago.
Green Bay’s success with the NFL Super Bowl odds shows just how much the game has changed as home field advantage is not at all what it is touted to be. The Packers proved that the NFL playoffs are much more like the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in that anyone can beat anyone else from any position or seed ranking.
Another way that the Packers defied the Super Bowl Betting line is that they won the Vince Lombardi Trophy without a consistent ground attack. Ryan Grant, their feature back, was injured early in the season and Green Bay never found a steady replacement. Instead the Packers had to live and die with the passing game of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and their outstanding defense.
The old adages about home field advantage for the playoffs and the need of a sound running game simply no longer apply as the Packers proved on Super Sunday. But one factor does remain the same in that turnovers are almost the one factor that continues to factor in the final outcome of games.
Pittsburgh committed 3 costly turnovers including a “pick six” and that in the end is what proved to be the difference, more than anything else, in the outcome of the game and Green Bay’s payout with the Super Bowl odds.