It was another wild NFL Sunday! Bettors interested in the Los Angeles Chargers v Atlanta Falcons game witnessed an unusual play that affected the outcome as the Chargers won 20-17 on Sunday.
Each team fiddled with the same game late in the fourth quarter, which benefited the Chargers, who later in the final game hit the winning field goal to cover the span by the smallest margin — a half point.
Welcome to the world of crazy wins and bad beats in sports betting.
Each week we round up the sweepstakes where some people cashed in and others ripped up their tickets in frustration. To paraphrase the famous broadcaster Al Michaels: “These pieces matter to some.”
Let’s dive into this week’s madness!
Another Brady comeback
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady clinched another win, this time to the chagrin of the Los Angeles Rams and their bettors.
Those players (Moneyline and Spread) were less than a minute away from paying out, but Brady and the Bucs bounced back from a 13-6 deficit in the fourth quarter to a 16-13 win on Sunday.
Trailing 13-9, the Bucs (+2.5 and outside timeouts) took over at their 40-yard line with 44 seconds left.
But this wasn’t Brady’s first rodeo…
Brady completed a 28-yard pass to tight end Cade Otton to the Rams’ 32 in the first game, then goaded the ball to stop the clock with 28 seconds remaining.
Brady then proceeded to complete passes for 4, 14, and 7 yards, and receivers came out of play when Tampa Bay drove to the LA 7 with 16 seconds left. The Rams were then called out for pass interference and gave the ball to the Bucs at the 1.
And then Brady did it again when he met with Otton in the right apartment for the winning touchdown.
It was Brady’s 55th winning ride, the most in history.
sorry rams weather
Chargers, Falcons fumble same game twice
The Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Falcons both fumbled within seconds.
Double fumble proves fatal for some bettors
The Chargers (-2.5 points) and Falcons were tied 17-17 as Los Angeles marched down the field late in the game.
In third place and 4th from the Atlanta 22 with less than a minute left, the Chargers, running back Austin Ekeler, fumbled after a brief win.
Falcons defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham picked up the fumble and ran about 20 yards but dropped the football. Chargers guard Matt Feiler recovered from Graham’s fumble at the Atlanta 43 with 34 seconds remaining.
After that crazy sequence, the Chargers completed a pass for 21 yards, ran for 2 yards, and then called a timeout with 2 seconds remaining.
Cameron Dicker, the third kicker for the Chargers this season, kicked the winning 37-yard field goal after time was up.
The Falcons bettors’ agony was compounded by a missed opportunity early in the fourth quarter. Kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 50-yard field goal attempt that would have extended Atlanta’s lead to 20-14.
Punishment destroys Parlay
Not only did the New York Jets close the Buffalo Bills 20-17, Gang Green held Bills receiver Stefon Diggs to under 100 receiving yards, which cost a parlay bettor.
The bettor hit the first two legs of his three-leg parlay, all with a receiver who had 100+ yards on Sunday.
Diggs finished with five catches for 93 yards.
Of course there is more to this story and why it is in this section. Diggs had nullified a 26-yard catch in the first game of Buffalo’s final drive with a holding penalty, then a deep pass to Diggs with 30 seconds left was incomplete.
Had Diggs surpassed 100 yards, the $5 (+2007) parlay would have paid out $105.35.
On a positive note for Jets bettors, they not only covered +10.5 points, but directly won as +375 underdogs.
Packers don’t pay off for bettors
A bettor had a five-way NFL parlay and hit four of the legs.
Fifth was Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones, who scored a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.
Jones never met Paydirt on Sunday as he sustained an injury during the game. Aaron Rodgers didn’t help either, as he threw three interceptions befitting his worst career. All three passes were picked up within the red zone. Jones has made four TDs this season, received three, one rushes.
Had the bettor hit, the $10 bet would have paid out $382.54.
Big bet on Patriots
With all the focus on bad beats, it’s nice to highlight when a bettor’s bold bet is cashed in. And a bettor’s faith in the New England Patriots paid off after a 26-3 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
VSiN’s Ben Fawkes tweeted after placing a $500,000 bet on the Patriots (-5.5) to beat the Colts. Fawkes tweeted it was the biggest single-game NFL bet this season (so far).
Of course, another big bettor sided on the other side:
The Patriots drove to a 26-3 win.
A knee costs better
A player who hit a five-way combination in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 29-17 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night went from euphoric to devastated thanks to two knockdowns from QB Jalen Hurts as the clock ran out.
Hurts scrambled 14 yards on third and 15 with less than two minutes left. The Eagles did, and Hurts gained a yard on a first down, giving him 25 rushing yards with 90 seconds left.
Instead of running a QB sneak to gain a yard or two, Hurts took two knees and lost a yard each time to finish with 23 rushing yards.
The bettor’s five-way parlay was +401, meaning a $10 bet would have paid out a total of $50.10.
Several others lost in this end-of-game sequence. No fun.
The 6-3 Jets are the first team to beat their projected win total for the season (5.5).
Hmmm, maybe the bettors backing the Jets to win the preseason Super Bowl were up to something…
Great for LSU, not great for weather
LSU fans are applauding coach Brian Kelly’s brave decision to take the win against No. 6 Alabama in overtime on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide scored a TD and scored the extra point on OT’s first possession for a 31-24 lead over the No. 10 Tigers.
In LSU’s first game, QB Jayden Daniels ran 31-30 after a 25-yard touchdown. Most coaches would have kicked the extra point to force a second OT.
Kelly is unlike most coaches.
Kelly challenged his team to aim for a two-point conversion and the win. Daniels completed a pass to Mason Taylor for the win, sparking chaos in the bayou.
However, one bettor did not celebrate.
The bettor hit the first part of his two-leg parlay (bet $10 at +800 to win $90 total) as Michigan (-32.5) beat Rutgers 52-17.
The return game was Alabama and LSU, who combined for more than 63.5 points.
Finals: LSU 32, Alabama 31.
Had the Tigers kicked the extra point, it would have guaranteed that the bettor would have conceded his parlay.
More from Alabama-LSU
Under-bettors who placed a bet at 56.5 points were in great form as LSU led 14-9 heading into the fourth quarter.
The teams then combined for 25 points and 15 more in just eight combined games from scrimmage in OT in the fourth quarter.
Final combined points: 63.
Every (extra) point counts
The second-half spread had Hawaii +41.5 points against Fresno State in a Mountain West Conference game on Saturday.
The Rainbow Warriors scored a touchdown with 42 seconds remaining, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to 55-13.
The extra point was blocked.
Final result: 42 points.
Wait, there’s more…
The over/under was 62.5. Fresno State was leading 55-7 with two minutes remaining, so the Under was in play.
Hawaii hit fourth and seventh-ranked Fresno State 41s with about a minute left. The Rainbow Warriors threw an incomplete pass, but the Bulldogs were called on a personal foul, giving Hawaii a first down.
The Rainbow Warriors scored two games later and ruined the night for Under-weather.
The capper? The personal foul was the only penalty assessed against the Bulldogs during the game.
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