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The stats coming into this years NFL Super Bowl for the totals read like this. Both the Steelers and Packers had 9 games go under and 7 over in the regular season play while in the post season the Packers have had 2 under and 1 over and the Steelers 2 over. The comparison on both teams average points for and against per game was also very similar with Pittsburgh scoring an average of 23.44 and conceding 14.5 while Green Bay averaged 24.25 points per game in offense and 15 point against. The closing NFL over under spread for this years Super Bowl was 44.5 and with Green Bay winning 31-25 the combined game total was 56 which resulted in a win for the over bet.
The average game total over the last 10 NFL Super Bowl games had been 45 points coming into this years game and the average for the last 5 being slightly lower at 40.6. The total opened at 56 and had only moved half a point by close to 56.5. The Saints had scored an average of 31.88 points per game in the regular season and allowed 21.31 with the Colts offense averaging 26 and the defense conceding 19.19 per game. The result this year was a win to the NFL under players with the 31-17 score line totaling 48.
Was the game total going to go over or stay under the 47 open and 46.5 closing spread line? This was the question on the minds of NFL totals bettors coming into Super Bowl 42. During regular season play the Steelers had an over under record of 8-8 and the Cardinals had more games go over with an 11-5 record. In the end only 4 points separated the teams but the Steelers were too good and won 27-23 adding up to 50 which meant a win for the NFL over bet.
The undefeated New England Patriots met the New York Giants in NFL Super Bowl 42. The NFL total closed at over under 54.5 which was down a half point from the open. The two teams had met twice in the season once in the preseason with a game total of 47 which went over and again in week 17 where 73 points were scored, again going over. But that was the past and defense won out in this years big game with a tight 17-14 win to the Giants keeping the total well under.