The Colts opened as 3.5 point favorites in Super Bowl betting, rose up to a 5.5 point favorite before closing as a 4.5 point choice. The game went under the Super Bowl odds total of 56.5.
Super Bowl odds were popular on the Colts at the beginning when the line first came out but the Saints did attract some late money. The Saints trailed in Super Bowl XLIV by a score of 10-0 but as they have done so many times this season, they rallied to win. It appeared that the game could have been headed for the first overtime in Super Bowl odds history as the Saints were leading 24-17 and the Colts were driving for the tying score late in the fourth quarter. Peyton Manning made an uncharacteristic mistake though, throwing an interception and Tracy Porter returned it for a TD. The Colts nearly scored with about a minute to go but failed inside the New Orleans five yard line and the Saints won 31-17 in Super Bowl betting.
Super Bowl odds had New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees winning the MVP award. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions. He was 32 of 39 for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Garrett Hartley had three field goals, all of which were over 40 yards which also set a Super Bowl record.
The only turnover in the game was Manning’s interception that sealed the win for the Saints. Manning was 31 of 45 for 333 yards with one TD and one interception in the Super Bowl odds loss. The leading receiver in the game was Dallas Clark of the Colts who had 7 catches for 86 yards. The Saints’ Marques Colston had 7 catches for 83 yards. Joseph Addai led all rushers with 77 yards and a TD.
For those that bet props in Super Bowl odds, the first score of the game was an Indianapolis field goal by kicker Matt Stover. Another popular prop in Super Bowl betting was who would score the first touchdown of the game and it was Pierre Garcon of the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints did score three times in the game so that Super Bowl betting prop was a yes. And there was a score in the last two minutes of the first half as Hartley had a 44-yard field goal.