- Super Bowl 53 had 12 penalties called.
- Bill Vinovich is the head referee for Super Bowl 54.
- The Kansas City Chiefs committed nine penalties in the AFC Championship Game
MIAMI – Super Bowl 54 will be the most anticipated game of the NFL season as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium. In what should be a tightly contested game every snap will matter, and the referees will have extra pressure on them to get every call correct.
Officiating is an important aspect of this game and its imperative that the refs rely on instant replay to confirm close calls.
USAOnlineSportsbooks has found Super Bowl 54 penalty prop bets at the leading online sportsbooks. These officiating odds allow fans to bet on the game without being concerned about which team wins or loses.
Last year’s Super Bowl had a total of 12 penalties called. This year’s game may not see as many penalties called because of head referee Bill Vinovich has thrown an average of 11.63 flags per game which is below the league average of 13.39.
Certain online oddsmakers have the total number of penalties for Super Bowl 54 set at 12.5.
The Over on the penalties is at +130 while the under is at -150. Many will take the Under here because both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are in the bottom half of the NFL in penalties this season.
Kyle Shanahan and Andy Reid both have experience coaching in the Super Bowl which should mean that they’ll have their teams disciplined before they take the field.
If you want to roll the dice wagering on the penalties for each team you can do so as the same sportsbooks have listed the penalty total for both teams at six. The Over for both teams to commit more than six penalties individually is listed at -115 odds while the Under is listed at -105.
The 49ers haven’t committed more than six penalties since the postseason began so taking the Under at -105 odds appears to be a safe bet. The Chiefs were penalized nine times in the AFC Championship game and the week before that they were flagged four times.
Mobile betting sites also have a Super Bowl special prop bet that makes bettors choose which team will be first penalized for pass interference.
The Kansas City Chiefs led the NFL in defensive holding penalties this season with 23. They have a very aggressive secondary and could be the first team to get penalized for pass interference in the Super Bowl.
The Chiefs have -105 odds to be penalized first with the 49ers listed at -135 odds to be penalized first. History points to picking the -105 odds on the Chiefs because they’ve committed more penalties than the 49ers this postseason.