How Justin Tucker’s 66 Yard Field Goal Saved Ravens Bettors vs. Lions
Jason Miller/Getty Images. Pictured: Justin Tucker, Lamar Jackson.
If you bet on the Lions today, I’m sorry.
And if you’re a sportsbook operator, I’m also incredibly sorry.
With three seconds remaining in the game, Justin Tucker hit an absolutely ridiculous 66-yard field goal for the 19-17 win.
The ball hit the crossbar before bouncing up several feet and sneaking over.
The Ravens had been mired in a 4th-and-19 situation with just 26 seconds remaining down 17-16. Lamar Jackson then hit Sammy Watkins to get Baltimore inside Detroit territory.
They lined up for one more play before electing to kick the 66-yarder.
It was the longest kick in NFL history.
While Ravens bettors made out like bandits, the major American sportsbooks suffered mightily.
The Ravens closed as 7.5-point favorites and as a result were involved in countless six- and seven-point teasers across sportsbooks. About 80% of the money at BetMGM was on the Ravens -7.5 or its various teasers.
The Ravens moneyline at -400 was used in parlays across sportsbooks, too. At BetMGM, 84% of the money was on the Ravens to win the game, with a large chunk of that placed on parlays.
At PointsBet, the Ravens moneyline accounted for a ridiculous 90% of the money, meaning just 10% of the total pot was wagered on the Lions to win.
Much of that 90% can be accounted to parlays, as well.