Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Sebastian Janikowski
- The Cowboys closed as 2.5-point favorites in their NFL playoffs matchups against the Seahawks, with the over/under settling at 43.
- Seattle kicker Sebastian Janikowski went out with an injury right before halftime after missing a 58-yard attempt.
- His injury would swing spread and over/under bets in the final seconds.
When Seahawks kicker Sebastian Janikowski left Saturday’s wild-card playoff with a hamstring injury right before halftime, you just knew s*** was gonna get weird.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Janikowski did not return, which essentially forced the Seahawks to ignore their kicking game in the second half.
That proved to be an important detail with Seattle down 10 and less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, as it drove to pull within one possession.
The Seahawks did indeed score with a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jared McKissic. In a normal situation, Seattle almost assuredly would’ve kicked the extra point to pull within 3.
But, again, the Seahawks did not have a healthy kicker due to Janikowski’s hammy injury.
So they went for 2 … and got it, making the score 24-22, where the game would end after a disastrous onside kick attempt.
The spread for this game fluctuated between Cowboys -1 and -2.5 all week at Pinnacle, sitting at the latter number for most of the 48 hours in the lead up to the game.
Janikowski’s absence — and the ensuing two-point conversion — undoubtedly swung thousands of spread bets.
“We had small win,” Scott Shelton from the Mirage told The Action Network’s Darren Rovell. “We Took a $100,000 second half on Cowboys at pick that also lost on the 2-point conversion, which helped. We were at 2.5 for most of the betting. More tickets on Seattle, but big bets were on Dallas.”
The over/under, meanwhile, pinged between 42.5 and 43.5 later in the week. It closed at 43. The late touchdown pushed the game over, somewhat of a bad beat for under bettors, depending on your standards.
There were just 16 points scored in the game’s first 42 minutes.