The oddsmakers had the 49ers as -5 point favorites over the Ravens initially, but the line is expected to settle around 3.5 points. Why did the big money move the line toward the Ravens? It could possibly due to the fact that the Ravens have covered in all 3 playoff games, including winning on the road against the top two AFC seeds in Denver and New England. Winning bettors tend to stick with the horses that got them there.
Another reason could be Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is a sentimental favorite, who earlier announced his retirement after this season.
Having said that, the 49ers are the favorites because they also have a strong defense, and a more explosive offense. Despite Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco having a substantial advantage in the experience department, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the flashier of the two with his ability to disrupt defenses and gain yardage on the ground.
If Kaepernick can indeed jumpstart the 49ers offense with his right arm and legs, it could be a long afternoon for the Ravens. However, if Flacco can keep the 49ers offense off the field with methodical ball control and the occasional vertical passing game, the Ravens could prevail. Either way, Super Bowl SLVII should be a game for the ages.