UPDATE: Since the 49ers won the coin toss but chose to defer possession to the 2nd Half, the Chiefs took first possession of the football and therefore got the top row of the spread as Team “A.” As predicted, Team “A” did in fact blow the game open with three touchdowns in the 4th quarter, winning the game 31-20. Although I anticipated that such breakaway scoring would result in a much larger margin (45-24 minimum), one of my scenarios did give a maximum 31-24 point spread with Team “A” on top. The quarterly scoring totals were a bit off the mark, but I did foresee a slow start for both teams, a strong rebound by Team “B” in the 3rd Quarter and the burst of scoring by Team “A” in the 4th Quarter. I think I’m going to take this one as a success.
* “American” because football in the rest of the world is played with a round ball. Maybe I should have said “US” or “North American” to be completely accurate.
Once again, I’m attempting to predict the winner of the National Football League Super Bowl using my “Enemy at the Gates” conflict-resolution spread with the Chariot as the Significator (or “Opportunity”) card, mainly for its meanings of “victory” and “triumph after struggle.” I will use the Waite-Smith Centennial Pocket Edition, and this time I won’t allow reversals because my customary practice of treating reversed cards as negative numbers wreaks havoc with my on-field scoring model. Also, since some of the cards yield numbers that don’t fall within the normal scoring parameters of the game (with their focus on multiples of seven and three), I will round up or down to the nearest score that reflects those ranges unless the original aligns in a reasonable way with one of the other rare scoring possibilities (missed extra points after touchdown, two-point conversions, safeties, etc.)
Because the Super Bowl is played at a neutral field, my regular-season convention of giving the top row of the spread to the “home team” won’t work. Instead, I will assign the top row (“Team A”) to the team that takes first possession of the football, with the bottom-row team designated as “Team B.”
First Quarter: Team A – 7 of Pentacles; Team B – 6 of Wands
The 7 of Pentacles suggests “unrealized potential” to me, so a meager 7-point score seems reasonable for Team A. The Team B card, 6 of Wands, is more encouraging from the standpoint of on-field dominance, although its number doesn’t offer any more in the way of scoring. I would leave the score tied at 7-7, but the stamina and spirit of Team B may let them eke out another field goal or touchdown). The point spread is more likely to be Team A with 7 and Team B with 9 or 14. (Advantage: +1 to Team B)
Second Quarter: Team A – The Devil; Team B – 5 of Wands
The Devil suggests that Team A’s defense will squat like an ogre in the middle of the field and not let Team B’s offense get past them, while Team A’s quarterback and offensive unit reel off a couple of touchdowns. The 5 of Wand shows that Team B could be “beating their heads against a wall,” perhaps managing only a single field goal. The half-time total seems to be 21 to 12 or 17 in favor of Team A. (Advantage: +1 to Team A)
Third Quarter: Team A – The Hierophant; Team B – 9 of Swords
The Hierophant could mean that Team A’s strategy will become overly conservative in an attempt to shelter their slim lead. They could muster a single field goal or touchdown. The 9 of Swords makes me think that Team B won’t be able to “buy a thrill” and could be shut down, but sometimes adversity causes greatness to emerge from looming disaster. The number 9 denotes a series of field goals or a field goal and a touchdown with a missed extra-point kick. The end-of-quarter total looks like Team A will climb only to 24 or 28, while Team B will recover nicely to 21 or 26. (Advantage: +1 to Team B for a miraculous rebound)
Fourth Quarter: Team A – Judgment; Team B The Emperor
Judgement could convey that Team A will either blow the game wide-open with three touchdowns in this quarter or will have to settle for a single field goal (numerologically, 20 reduces to 2, which I would round up to 3). With the Emperor, Team B could themselves be held to a single field goal, but I would be inclined to read this card as a touchdown. The final score, assuming the first scenario to be accurate, would be Team A with 45 or 49 and Team B somewhere between 24 and 33; the second scenario gives Team A 27 or 31 and Team B once again a range of 24-to-33, although I believe 33 is more likely. (Advantage: +1 to Team A)
Sub-quintessence: Team A – Justice; Team B – The Lovers
Although neither card is especially sympathetic to the Chariot, with Justice as “quint” I would give a slight edge to Team A as being more “cosmically deserving” of victory, while Team B, with the Lovers, can’t make up its mind in the 4th Quarter whether to “fish or cut bait.” Maybe they’re waiting for a “sign” that never comes, and get caught flat-footed by Team A’s juggernaut. (Advantage: +2 to Team A by a whisker)
The Grand Quintessence (or “Decision”) card is the Star, corresponding to Aquarius and elementally favoring the Fire and Air cards of Team B’s row; it is more-or-less equally disposed to the two Air-sign sub-quint cards. In the early quarters it is not at all supportive of the three Earth cards in Team A’s row but does give a good boost to the single Fire-card, Judgement and, by extension, Justice, most likely tilting the final tally Team A’s way. This card doesn’t figure into the arithmetical model, but it makes me think that Team B could make a good run for the win, and if Team A’s scoring blitz doesn’t materialize, Team B could still take home the trophy. Otherwise, no. It all comes down to what happens in the 4th Quarter.
The “Advantage” roll-up bestows 4 points on Team A and 2 on Team B. The on-field scoring could be too close to call unless Team A can engineer that blowout. My guess is that they will come close to that and win by a decisive margin, maybe 42-to-33. But, as always, don’t quote me on that!