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Nov 19, 2018 11:56 PM EST
  • The over/under for Sunday night's game between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings closed at 44.
  • There were only 17 points scored in the game's first 45 minutes, but the teams exploded for 28 in the fourth quarter to cash Over bets.
  • The over was a popular bet, getting 67% of tickets in what ended up being Sunday's most-bet NFL game.

Everyone who bet the Vikings-Bears under (44) was having a dandy Sunday evening … until the fourth quarter started.

Up to that point, this had all of the makings of a typical NFC North slog: 17 points were scored in the game’s first 15 possessions.

Then, as tends to happen in just about every NFL game, the fourth quarter got a little weird:

  • Field goal
  • Punt
  • Pick-six (made 2PT)
  • Touchdown
  • Field goal
  • Touchdown (missed 2PT)
  • Kneel

That’s 28 points in the game’s final seven possessions — and 17 in the last five minutes, with Stefon Diggs’ fateful TD coming with just 52 seconds left in the game.

The scoring binge brought the total score to 45 points, barely eclipsing the consensus over/under of 44.

While under bettors had to be in agony, the public was thrilled: 67% of the action was on the over according to our data, making it the fifth-most popular over/under bet of Week 11.

Credit:

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Mitchell Trubisky

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