The dreaded last-ditch lateral play once again reared its ugly head for bettors Monday. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the ticket holder.
The Baltimore Ravens got a safety on the final play to earn a 47-42 victory over the Cleveland Browns — and a very unlikely cover as 3-point road favorites.
Justin Tucker kicked a 55-yard field goal with two seconds left to put the Ravens in front 45-42, seemingly creating a push for spread bettors.
The Browns had one snap, and they attempted the now-familiar lateral play, with players pitching the ball backward to a teammate when they are about to be tackled in hopes that someone will eventually spring free and run for a TD. But the Browns were only moving backward on their attempt, and an errant pass ended up in the end zone.
Browns receive Jarvis Landry grabbed the ball, but he was forced out of the back of the end zone for a safety to turn all the pushed bets into winners or losers.
Another Great Moment in Gambling History… 😳
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Sharp bettors backed the Ravens heavily early in the week, moving the line from as low as pick’em to Ravens -3 (-120).
The easy winner was on the total, with the game going way over 45½.