01/28/2013 08:12 am ET

A Brief History Of The Prop Bet

To some football fans, the battle on the gridiron is enough, the dulcet tones of Jim Nantz and CTE-addled ramblings of Phil Simms providing the perfect soundtrack to the league's 47th championship game. But to many other NFL lovers, true happiness will only come if -- regardless of who hoists the Lombardi Trophy -- the longest touchdown scored on February 3rd is no longer than 45.5 yards. Welcome to the too-tempting-to-resist world of prop bets.

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