And then there were two. Super Bowl LIV is set for Feb. 2, and it'll be the Chiefs and 49ers battling for the championship. Patrick Mahomes rallied his team back from double-digit deficits in back-to-back weeks to win the AFC, while the 49ers went ground-and-pound in dominant wins over the Vikings and Packers.
The line is sitting at Chiefs -1 in some places, Chiefs -1.5 in others, so the market believes these are two relatively equal teams. And that makes sense, as both were probably among the three best teams in the NFL this year (along with the Ravens). Because both teams are so strong, we're seeing the total on the game rise almost with each passing day, as a number that opened as low as 51.5 in some spots is now between 53.5 and 54.5 depending on where you look. But most people expected a shootout in last year's Super Bowl as well, though what we got was a 13-3 Patriots win that sunk all Over bets, whether on the total or most props in the game.
We'll have plenty on the gambling angles in this matchup over the next week-plus both here and at SportsLine, but today we're going to take a look at some metrics and go over a few scenarios for Super Bowl LIV. If you have a good handle on the game this early, you'll be ready to pounce and find excellent value when sportsbooks release their prop sheets.
If you want to know which picks I like, you can find that info at the SportsLine link below, where all my rated plays appear during the season along with my five SuperContest picks each week and plenty of great analysis from a fantastic collection of experts. You can also check out where all our CBS Sports staff lands on the big game right here.