On the final play of the Week 4 Monday Night Football game between the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs, we were all quickly reminded that gambling on NFL games is not for the faint of heart.
Here’s how it all played out.
The Redskins closed as 6.5-7-point underdogs, and the over/under was set at 47-48.5 points in most sportsbooks.
Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker connected on a 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining in the game to give Kansas City a 23-20 lead. Gamblers who wagered on the Redskins and/or the under for the game were likely feeling good about themselves.
What happened next resulted in one of the worst ‘bad beats’ and most unlikely backdoor covers in sports gambling history.
Butker launched the ensuing kickoff through the back of the end zone for a touchback, giving the Redskins the ball on their own 25-yard line with 4 seconds left on the clock.
As expected, Washington’s offense attempted a lateral-heavy play that if successful, would have been reminiscent of the “ Music City Miracle“, the Stanford-Cal band game in 1982, or the wild finish to the Miami-Duke game in 2015.
The play quickly went awry, and when Washington running back Chris Thompson fumbled a lateral, Kansas City outside linebacker Justin Houston scooped it up and ran it back for what seemed like an insignificant touchdown.
— NFL (@NFL) October 3, 2017
Houston’s touchdown pushed the final score to 29-20 in favor of Kansas City. In one meaningless play, the Chiefs not only covered the point spread, they also flipped the game from under on total points to over.
As the play unfolded, ESPN Monday Night Football play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough said, “this might be meaningful to some.”
McDonough was of course making a direct reference to both gamblers and fantasy football players who fell victim to some of the worst (or best, depending on how you look at it) luck in NFL gambling and fantasy football history.
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