It’s not often that an NFL kicker ends up as the main character in a playoff game, especially if that team wins. It’s even less common for him to end up being a villain recognized by name by fans and punters alike.
But Brett Maher of the Dallas Cowboys changed that Monday night.
The Cowboys’ kicker missed a record four extra points in Dallas’ 31-14 win over Tampa Bay.
Let’s dive into how missed kicks crushed Over bettors on Monday Night Football.
To set the stage, the Over/Under for the game closed at 45.5 at FOX Bet. That means if Maher had just hit even one more of those bonus points, Over punters would have cashed in their tickets.
Instead, the game ended with 45 total points, even though seven total touchdowns were scored. So yes, it cost a good number of people money.
According to FOX Bet Senior Director of Commercial Operations, Dylan Brossman, 77% of all bets went through.
“Had Maher got his bonus points, FOX Bet would have been a loser in the total points market,” Brossman said.
The point total wasn’t the only point affected from a betting perspective. For Ewing, there was also a huge majority (95%!) of bets at BetMGM on the Cowboys kicker to get over 2.5 extra points. He finished below that number, going 1-for-5 on the night.
Considering Nebraska’s fifth-year kicker had missed just three field goals all season before the Cowboys-Bucs matchup, it made sense for defenders to have faith in Maher’s leg.
The kicker’s woes also went viral on social media, with the likes of former Cowboys great WR Dez Bryant even weighing in.
Jerry Jones said after the game that Dallas will not look to replace the kicker this week.
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Dak Prescott had the best playoff game of his career last night in a 31-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Dallas Cowboys were easily covered as favorites on the road.
Can Maher pull it together when the Boys and Niners meet in this weekend’s divisional round game?
The total is currently 46.5 at FOX Bet for the big Dallas-San Francisco game on FOX Sports.
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