Under bettors in the Pittsburgh Steelers-Indianapolis Colts NFL game breathed a sigh of relief when Colts kicker Matt Gay hit the right upright on a 43-yard field-goal attempt with a little more than two minutes to go on Saturday.
The Over/Under closed at 41.5, and the miss kept the Indianapolis lead at 27-13.
The respite for Under bettors was short-lived, though, as Gay kicked a 42-yard field goal with 48 seconds left, making the final score 30-13. The loss severely damaged Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes (7-7).
Under bettors can blame Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for how the ending unfolded.
After Gay’s miss, Pittsburgh turned the ball over on downs at the Indianapolis 25 with 1:42 to go.
On first down, the Colts took a knee and were content to run out the clock.
Instead of letting Indianapolis run it out, Tomlin called timeout.
Indianapolis then lined up in its regular formation and ran a play for a short gain, and Tomlin called his final timeout.
The Colts ran another play, then Gay kicked the field goal, making the total go over 41.5 (43 combined points).
The Colts (8-6) snapped an eight-game skid against the Steelers dating to 2011. Pittsburgh had won 18 out of 20 against Indianapolis since 1985.
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