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Nate Silver uses numbers to predict the Super Bowl

NFL football

Statistician Nate Silver knows numbers, and in a piece in the New York Times he's decided to put that skill to excellent use — predicting the Super Bowl. Historically it's great defensive teams that have a better record in the big game, but in the case of this year's Super Bowl the San Francisco 49ers happen to be statistically better than the Baltimore Ravens on both sides of the ball. "There isn't much to recommend the Ravens," Silver writes, though he points out that Baltimore is superior when it comes to special teams. Check out the piece in full to see his methods, and then watch the game later today to see how his prediction pans out — and be sure to stick around for the commercials.

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