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Antonio Brown’s Garbage Time TD Cost Bettors Over $100-Million
Antonio Brown‘s 11-yard touchdown reception with just two seconds remaining during Thursday night’s NFL season opener may have had zero effect on the actual outcome of the game—the Patriots still won, 28-21—but as we all know, when it comes to football, there are more important things than simply who wins and loses the game.
For starters, Brown’s touchdown pass was huge for fantasy football owners, as it helped tack on an additional seven points to the Steelers receiver’s final point total (in standard scoring leagues). But even more important than that was the effect it had on bettors’ wallets.
You see, the line for most sportsbooks around the world had the New England Patriots as 7-point favorites. And with the Pats holding onto a 14-point lead with under a minute remaining, it appeared as though they would cover that spread…
…until this happened:
Even Al Michaels knew that Brown’s touchdown had cost plenty of gamblers from winning money, while saving many more from losing it. But just how much of a swing did Brown’s touchdown create?
Here’s an interesting graphic from ESPN’s Darren Rovell that should help shed some light on that question:
How did Antonio Brown’s garbage time TD last night affect gamblers? pic.twitter.com/aO0pn4AB17
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 11, 2015
So? Did Antonio Brown’s garbage time TD help you? Or hurt you?