Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Tom Brady led his team to a comeback win, much to the chagrin of some NFL bettors.
Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw the Carolina Panthers blow a 14-point lead midway through the second quarter.
The final score? Buccaneers 30, Panthers 24.
That means Brady’s Bucs outscored the Panthers 30-10 in the final 33 minutes to pay off for Brady’s backers and once again crush the souls of those betting against TB12.
Welcome to the world of absurd wins and bad beats in sports betting.
Each week, we’ll recap the betting plays where some people cashed in and others tore up their tickets in frustration. To paraphrase the famous broadcaster Al Michaels, “These plays are important to some.”
Let’s dive into this week’s madness!
Tom Brady, Buccaneers clinch the NFC South
Tom Brady had a day, scoring four touchdowns in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 30-24 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Brady does it again
After falling behind by two touchdowns, he shows up Brady decided to encourage his teammates to play better.
It apparently worked, as the Buccaneers claimed a 30-24 victory to clinch the NFC South Division title.
Carolina took a 21-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. Brady and the Bucs (specifically wide receiver Mike Evans) responded by outscoring the Panthers 20-0 in an 11:51 span of the fourth quarter as the Panthers went six-and-out, three-and-out and lost a fumble . on the first play from a play deep in their own territory.
Two plays later, Brady scored on a 1-yard run to make it 30-21.
Lamenting Brady’s latest heroics were Panthers punters who took the 3.5 points, moneyline punters (+160 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $26 total) and Under speculators in the Over/Under (40.5 points combined), who saw their bets destroyed by Tampa. Bay’s 20-point outburst.
Brady threw for 432 yards and three touchdowns, all to Evans, and a 127.3 passer rating.
Koo is cool again
Bettors who are fans of Atlanta kicker Younghoe Koo cashed in again, as the Falcons beat Arizona 20-19 on Sunday.
The Cardinals took a 19-17 lead on Matt Prater’s 57-yard field goal with 4:57 left.
The Falcons, behind rookie QB Desmond Ridder, took over at their 25. A 22-yard run by Cordarelle Patterson and a 14-yard pass from Ridder to MyCole Pruitt help Atlanta move the ball down the field.
The Cardinals burned their three timeouts on the drive and could only watch helplessly as the seconds ticked by and Atlanta continued to push the football down the field.
The Falcons called a timeout with two seconds left before Koo kicked a 21-yard field goal on the final play.
This was music to the ears of Falcons moneyline bettors (-303 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $13.30 total).
On the other hand, it was agony for the Over bettors in the Over/Under (O/U), as it was a combined 40.5 points. Arizona missed a 43-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter.
Koo paid off for punters in Week 11 when his late field goal gave the Falcons a 27-24 win over Chicago on Nov. 20.
Falcons use late 72-yard drive to beat Cardinals, 20-19
Younghoe Koo’s 21-yard field goal beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-19.
Lost the expensive XP
The New England Patriots kept their playoff hopes alive by rallying for a 23-21 victory over the reeling Miami Dolphins.
New England took a 16-14 lead late in the third quarter on Kyle Dugger’s 39-yard interception return. But Patriots kicker Nick Folk’s ensuing extra point attempt that ricocheted down the right field proved to be a torment for the three-point bettors.
As they say, every point counts.
Hopefully, the punters they covered didn’t try to celebrate like Miami star Tyreek Hill.
Hats off to this bettor who put $25 on the Giants to beat the Colts 38-10.
That $25 at +20,000 turned into a cool $5,025!
The punter had to sweat the last 12 minutes without scoring. New York’s last drive went to the Colts’ 30 with two minutes left, but the Giants passed on a field goal attempt and turned the ball over.
First half blues
The Dallas Cowboys (-6.5 points in the first half) appeared to be in control against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night, leading 10-0 in the second quarter, as Tennessee’s first two games did not go beyond the their 29-yard line, and then the The Titans lost a fumble and had a three-and-out.
Then two interceptions thrown by Dallas’ Dak Prescott, both to Kevin Byard, ruined half of those bettors.
A 33-yard completion from third-string QB Joshua Dobbs to running back Julius Chestnut led to a Titans field goal with 1:03 left in the half to make it 10-3.
Make some safe plays, go to the locker room, Dallas punters cash in, but it’s the Cowboys who rarely take it easy.
With less than 30 seconds left at the Tennessee 39, Prescott threw an interception to Byard, who returned it 28 yards to the Dallas 41.
But there were only 12 seconds left. what can happen
Dallas gave up a 30-yard fumble to Treylon Burks at the Cowboys’ 11-yard line with two seconds left. Timeout, Titans.
Randy Bullock kicked a 29-yard field goal, his second FG in just over a minute, as time expired. Cowboys 10, Titans 6.
That’s six points scored by the Titans in just over a minute after going scoreless for the first 28 minutes of the half.
Parlay Bettor’s Pain.
The NFL shared the stage this week with college football bowl games.
The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs held off the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes 42-41 in the CFP semifinals at the Peach Bowl on Saturday.
One person who feels as bad (or worse) than the Ohio State faithful is a bettor from Indiana, who put $25 on a four-legged game at +810.
Three of the legs: Ohio State QB CJ Stroud over 288.5 yards passing (threw for 348), Marvin Harrison Jr. over 88.5 receiving yards (106) and Harrison anytime TD (scored twice).
The fourth leg?
Ohio State Money Line.
We all know how it ended. The bettor would have received $227.50 in total.
The Irish end up covering
The South Carolina Gamecocks (+4.5) were in fine form late in the third quarter in the Gator Bowl, leading Notre Dame 31-24 on Friday.
But the Irish tied it on Braden Lenzy’s 44-yard touchdown catch with 31 seconds left in the third to tie it at 31.
The teams traded TDs, with the Gamecocks tying it at 38 on O’Donnell Fortune’s 100-yard interception return midway through the quarter.
The Gamecocks defenders were still in decent shape with 4.5 points.
But Notre Dame dashed those bettors’ hopes with an 11-play, 80-yard drive, capped by Tyler Buchner’s 16-yard TD pass to Mitchell Evans to make it 45-38 with 1:38 left. in the end.
Any hope of Gamecocks coverage was dashed with three incompletions and a sack.
Better call Sauls
The Sun Bowl between the UCLA Bruins and the Pittsburgh Panthers had one of the most intense finishes of the bowl season on Friday.
Pitt’s Ben Sauls kicked a 27-yard field goal to give the Panthers a 34-28 lead with 4:24 left.
Remember Sauls name.
UCLA then turned the ball over on downs at its own 37 with 2:21 left.
Three plays, and three UCLA timeouts later, Pitt lost a fumble at the UCLA 30.
With the clock winding down, UCLA marched down the field, sparked by TJ Harden’s 34-yard run. Harden scored on an 8-yard run with 34 seconds left to give the Bruins a 35-34 lead.
UCLA, while Pitt wasn’t out of timeouts, let the Panthers get within field goal range by allowing completions of 18 and 17 yards, then a nifty 11-yard scramble to the Bruins’ 29 from quarterback Nick Patti, who then fired the ball. with 10 seconds remaining.
Sauls came in and calmly kicked the game-winning 47-yard field goal with four seconds left as Pitt extended (+6) and the players (+260, bet $10 to win $36 in total) they collected. (bet $10 to win $12.80 total).
Sauls was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts, including three in the fourth quarter.
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