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On This Day in Sports Odds History
1982 (NFL): Super Bowl XVI at the Pontiac Superdome in Detroit - the San Francisco 49ers win their first Super Bowl after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21. The 49ers covered as a 1-point favorite and the game stayed just under the total of 48 points. Super Bowl MVP Joe Montana threw for 157 yards and 1 touchdown and also scored the first touchdown of the game on a 1-yard rush. It was one of the most unlikely Super Bowl matchups as both teams were coming off of 6-10 records in the previous season. Before the start of the season, the 49ers were 50-1 to win the Super Bowl while the Bengals were 60-1.
1998 (NBA): The Denver Nuggets snap a 23-game losing streak after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 99-81. The Nuggets were a 9½-point road underdog and the game stayed under the total of 194½-points. Nuggets guard Anthony Goldwire came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points. The streak matched (at the time) the longest losing streak in NBA history within a single season. The Nuggets improved to 3-38 on the season as they would finish the season with an 11-71 record - tied for the 5th worst record of all time.
2010 (NBA): The New Orleans Saints advance to the franchise's first Super Bowl after defeating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime of the NFC Championship. The Saints failed to cover as a 4-point home favorite and the game went over the total of 54 points. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Vikings appeared to have a shot to kick a game-winning field goal in the final minute of regulation but quarterback Brett Favre threw an interception on 3rd & 15 from the Saints 38-yard line. In overtime, the Saints won the coin toss and would win the game after Garrett Hartley's 40-yard field goal with 10:15 left. The NFL overtime rules were not changed for another two seasons.