The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are a pick ’em on the Super Bowl 49 spread betting board and if that holds this will be the first Super Bowl without a betting favorite or underdog.
A Super Bowl without a spread stems from the NFL oddsmakers believing that these two teams are beyond evenly matched. The anecdote "Any Given Sunday" will be at play come Super Bowl 49.
Madden 15 by EA Sports looks to rebound with its Super Bowl 49 expert pick of New England beating Seattle 28-24 after incorrectly predicting a Denver Broncos’ victory last season. (To be fair, it predicted the winning team the previous eight out of 10 times.)
Super Bowl XLIX
New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks
Date: Feb 1st, 2015
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Stadium: U of Phoenix Stadium
Point Spread: Pick ‘Em
Game Total: 47.5
Click here for Live Super Bowl XLIX Odds
Play by Play: Al Michaels
Color Commentary: Cris Collinsworth
Sideline: Michele Tafoya
Pregame Hosts: Bob Costas & Dan Patrick
Halftime Analysts: Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison & Hines Ward
Vince Lombardy Trophy Presenter: Dan Patrick
Below are Super Bowl 49 expert picks from analysts, athletes and sportscasters from around the country:
Emmitt Smith, former Dallas Cowboys running back: Seattle
"I gotta go with defense. Defense wins championships and [Seattle] got one of the best defenses out there in the game today."
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) January 27, 2015
Dan Marino, former Dolphins quarterback and CBS analyst: Seattle
"I’m leaning toward Seattle, because the way they play defense, they can get after the quarterback."
— Dan Marino (@DanMarino) January 21, 2015
Frank Caliendo, comedian, man of a thousand faces: New England.
"I think the Patriots will score six more points than the Seahawks’ 18."
Anyone know the over-under for air pressure of Super Bowl footballs?
— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) January 22, 2015
Adam Schefter, NFL Insider: Patriots
"New England deflates Seattle’s hopes of repeating."
While the Patriots continue their preparations for Sunday's Super Bowl, Aaron Hernandez's murder trial opens today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 29, 2015
Tedy Bruschi, 3x Super Bowl Champion and NFL Live analyst: New England
"Stephen Gostkowski joins Adam Vinatieri in history, kicking the game-winning field goal for the Patriots as time expires."
In our final "Bruschi's Breakdown" of the season, Tedy Bruschi goes deep into Super Bowl XLIX matchup: http://t.co/SD4VI9Bd41
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 30, 2015
Cris Carter, former Vikings start WR and Sunday NFL Countdown analyst: New England
"I just think New England with Gronk, and the way they’re running the football, and their defense played exceptionally well."
Mike Ditka, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Super Bowl-winning coach and Sunday NFL Countdown analyst: Seattle.
"I just think there’s more balance there. It’s not just Tom Brady."
Mike Golic, co-host of ESPN Radio’s”Mike & Mike: Seahawks
"Like last year, Seattle’s defense is too smothering, even for the multifaceted Patriots offense."
Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike: Seattle
"One of the great defenses of all time — and Marshawn Lynch."
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) January 30, 2015
Ray Lewis, 2x Super Bowl Champion: Seattle
"With a win, this Seattle defense has the chance to go down as one of the best in history."
Chris Mortensen, Senior NFL analyst: New England
"The Patriots will have more answers for the Seahawks’ offense, while LeGarrette Blount will present problems for Seattle. Still a pick ’em game."
Grass field for Super Bowl will be same turf as tonight's Pro Bowl. Only end zones will get new sod, per George Toma, NFL turf guru
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 26, 2015