By Skip Charles in Vegas
Eagles fans are beaten down by the team’s spiraling season, especially last night’s 23-17 loss to the Hawks.
But not as bad as one gambler who placed $500,000 on the Seahawks at -6 1/2.
The Eagles Richard Rodgers caught a Hail Mary and then the Birds went for 2 when most would have just kicked the extra point.
When the Eagles got into the end zone for 2, it was a ridiculous beat for Seahawks backers, and there were many of them. It had to be a happy play for sportsbooks.
BetMGM saw almost 90 percent of bets come in on Seattle before kickoff. Many of those bets came when the Seahawks were -5 or -5.5, but there were plenty of tickets with -6 or -6.5 printed on them.
One bettor had a swing of more than $950,000 on the 2-point conversion.
Someone at BetMGM wagered $500,000 to win $454,545 on the Seahawks -6.5.
That bettor will never forget the final few seconds of last night’s game.
The Eagles scored on a weird lob pass that was batted back to Rodgers, who made a great catch for the touchdown with 12 seconds left. No big deal. The Eagles would kick the extra point to cut it to 7 points with the extra point and … wait, the Eagles are going for 2?
The Eagles handed to Miles Sanders, who ran past a disinterested Seattle defense. That score cut Seattle’s lead to 6, and it meant that the Eagles were covering the 6.5-point spread. Seattle then recovered the onside kick and the game was over.
Seattle 23, Philadelphia 17. All Seattle -6.5 tickets could be torn up.
Including one for $500,000.
Eagles convert the Hail Mary with 12 seconds left. #FlyEaglesFly
— NFL (@NFL) December 1, 2020