This Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens are up against the San Francisco 49ers. While fans watch the from the stadium and at home, some might be taking a break to pray about it.
According to a study released Tuesday, three in 10 Americans believe the Super Bowl is controlled by God.
The study, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, found that 27 percent of Americans believe God influences which teams win. On top of that, over half, 53 percent, agree that God rewards athletes who have faith by providing them with success and good health.
"In an era where professional sports are driven by dollars and statistics, significant numbers of Americans see a divine hand at play," Robert P. Jones, PRRI chief executive said.
Those living in the South were more likely to believe God influenced sports games. Christians of racial or ethnic minorities and white evangelical Protestants were more likely to believe in God's hand in sports compared to other religions and backgrounds.
They conducted the survey between January 16 and January 20. They sampled 1,033 adults over age 18, and determined the poll's margin of error to be plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.