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2012 Super Bowl Prop Bets: Safety Happens For First Time Since 1991

Super Bowl prop bets are a huge part of the game and a lot of them are sucker bets, such as a defensive player will score the first touchdown, will there be a fumble return for a score and one of the biggest money wasters is predicting that a safety will happen.

However, a safety did happen in this Super Bowl and it happened on the first play of the game for the New England Patriots. Tom Brady dropped back for a pass on his first play into the end zone and threw the ball away down the middle of the field, and there was no receiver in site. By being in the endzone a safety was called. The odds for a safety were 50-1 and this was the first safety since Super Bowl XXV.

Here are other prop bets that happened in the first half:

• The first play of the game was a run by the Giants.

• The first reception of the game was by Jake Ballard on the Giants' opening drive.

• The first touchdown of the game was by Giants wideout Victor Cruz. The odds were 12/1 against Cruz being the first player to record a TD.

• The first touchdown was two yards with the prop bet being over/under 10.5 yards.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog,Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.

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