Can trends be trusted in Super Bowl XLVII, where two new teams clash with entirely new motivations, injury situations and power rankings?
Most people would say no, that Super Bowl trends must be taken with a grain of salt.
But sometimes, the pressure and high profile of a game like this forces teams into similar roles and patterns.
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For example, one of these trends will need to break Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams are perfect in the playoffs so far, with the 49ers 2-0 ATS and the Ravens 3-0 ATS.
Other Super Bowl angles
49ers have played 6 straight OVERs - check
49ers 8-1-1 SU past 10 games as favorite - check
Underdogs are 8-3 ATS past 11 Super Bowls
NFC is 5-0 ATS past 5 Super Bowls
49ers played 7 straight UNDERs vs AFC North teams - check
Ravens 11-3 SU past 14 games vs NFC West teams to 1999 - check
No running back has won the Super Bowl MVP since Terrell Davis back at Super Bowl 32
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