Raiders’ miracle TD crushes Las Vegas sportsbooks
The New England Patriots were not the only ones to take a brutal loss in Las Vegas on Sunday.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the miracle final play that gave the Las Vegas Raiders the most unlikely of victories was also a crushing blow to the city’s sportsbooks.
With the game tied 24-24, the Patriots tried multiple laterals on the final play in an effort to avoid overtime. Instead, a long lateral by the Patriots’ Jakobi Meyers found its way into the hands of the Raiders’ Chandler Jones near midfield.
Jones bolted for the end zone after applying a stiff arm to Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, handing the Raiders a gift 30-24 victory to kick off Christmas week.
The play allowed the Raiders to cover the 2 1/2-point betting spread. According to the report, the most improbable of touchdowns created a “seven-figure swing” in the favor of bettors.
“It killed us. It was terrible. We needed the Patriots pretty big,” South Point sportsbook director Chris Andrews told the Review-Journal. “I really believe that’s the dumbest play I’ve ever seen.”
The report also indicated the play was responsible for gift wrapping $300,000 to one bettor on a straight bet with the Raiders -1.
–Field Level Media