The Super Bowl 55 matchup is officially set. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are back in the NFL championship game for the second straight season. There, they will meet Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the legendary quarterback’s unprecedented 10th Super Bowl appearance.
Although the big game is still nearly two weeks away, the highly anticipated matchup between the Chiefs and Bucs has already set an NFL record.
Super Bowl 55 is less than two weeks away
Super Bowl 55 is finally upon us. After a season of rampant COVID-19 scares, multiple game postponements, and uncertainty about if we would even get to this point, we’ve successfully reached the greatest spectacle in sports. And could we even ask for a better matchup?
Tom Brady has unsurprisingly reached the Super Bowl yet again, this time with the Buccaneers. This will mark Brady’s 10th career Super Bowl appearance, which is an NFL record. A win next Sunday would give Brady a record seven NFL championship rings.
In fitting fashion, Brady will face off against maybe the only man who could ever reach his career accomplishments — Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes has led the Chiefs to the Super Bowl for the second straight season. He led Kansas City to a title last February against the San Francisco 49ers, and he will be searching for his second consecutive Super Bowl MVP award this time around.
Super Bowl 55 will be held in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fl. on Sunday, Feb. 7. It will mark the first time in NFL history a team will play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
The Chiefs open as 3-point favorites against the Buccaneers
With the world of sports betting exploding onto the scene over the last few years, more fans will be wagering on the Super Bowl this February than ever before. Immediately after the championship games wrapped up last weekend, sportsbooks were quick to release their odds for Super Bowl 55.
The consensus was clear. Chiefs -3 with a total of 57.5. Some books opened the Chiefs as a 3.5-point favorite, but the spread hasn’t fluctuated outside of that range.
But the spread wasn’t the eye-popping number when sportsbooks released their Super Bowl lines. It was the supremely high total of 57.5.
Super Bowl 55 has already set an NFL record
Super Bowl 55 is still nearly two weeks away, but it’s already set an NFL record. The opening total of 57.5 is the highest opening total for a Super Bowl in NFL history. The previous high was from 2017 when the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons saw the over/under close at 57. That game finished with 62 total points to go over by five in overtime.
With Tom Brady and his bevy of weapons going up against Patrick Mahomes and the most prolific offense in the NFL, it will take a brave bettor to throw their money down on the under next Sunday.