- Las Vegas sportsbooks got burned on two wild endings during Sunday’s NFL action.
- First, the Philadelphia Eagles pulled out a miraculous cover against the Washington Redskins with the help of a scoop-and-score on the final play of the game.
- Hours later, the Atlanta Falcons-San Francisco 49ers game went over the total in a similar fashion.
- Both outcomes proved to be six-figure decisions against various sportsbooks across Las Vegas, including one bettor who reportedly turned $200 into $75,000.
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Las Vegas bookmakers had a brutal day on Sunday after two wild endings wound up swinging six figures’ worth of winnings back into the hands of the public.
The chaos began in Washington, where the Philadelphia Eagles were facing off against the Redskins. The Eagles entered the game as 6.5-point favorites, meaning those who bet on Philadelphia needed their team to win by at least a touchdown in order to cash their ticket.
With five minutes remaining in the game, the bet looked dead in the water. Trailing 27-24, Philadelphia needed a touchdown to get the lead but would somehow need two scores to cover the spread.
The Eagles got the first score thanks to a touchdown from Greg Ward Jr., taking a 31-27 lead with 26 seconds left on the clock and effectively ending the game.
Almost every time, Eagles bettors’ dreams would have ended there as well. But on Sunday, they got a miracle.
On the final play of the game, Philadelphia sent pressure at Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who attempted to lateral the ball to keep the game alive — only to watch as Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham scooped up the loose ball and ran it into the end zone.
—Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 15, 2019
Eagles win, 37-27. Eagles bettors cash their bets.
Jay Kornegay of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook told Business Insider that the Eagles’ unlikely cover represented “a six-figure swing to the bad” for his book.
Normally, one wild ending would be enough for a week of NFL action, but the late-afternoon games proved just as costly to some bookmakers.
After the Atlanta Falcons scored a go-ahead touchdown with two seconds remaining against the San Francisco 49ers, the game looked over, with Atlanta set to win 23-22.
But the Falcons instead added another touchdown on the ensuing kickoff thanks to a similar scoop-and-score against a 49ers side that was desperate to keep the play alive, bringing the final score to 29-22.
—The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) December 16, 2019
While the spread was irrelevant in that game, the total was set at 49.5 at kickoff, meaning the late touchdown had pushed the game over in miraculous fashion.
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One lucky bettor was reportedly on the winning side of both wild outcomes. According to ESPN’s David Purdum, a bettor who placed a $200, nine-leg parlay at the CG Technology sportsbook at The Cosmopolitan that included the Eagles and concluded with the total of the Falcons-49ers game cashed their bet to the tune of $75,000.
According to Purdum, the Falcons-49ers total was another six-figure swing against the bookmakers.
Over the course of a long season, the house will always win — but on Sunday, the public got not one but two miraculous blessings from the gambling gods.
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