Bears Not Kicking The Extra Point At End Of Game Wreaked All Sorts Of Havoc For Bettors

Bears Not Kicking Extra Point At End Of Game Wreaked Havoc For Bettors

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In the closing moments of their Wild Card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, the Chicago Bears scored a meaningless touchdown on a 19-yard pass by Mitch Trubisky to Jimmy Graham.

That touchdown, with no time left on the clock, made the final score of the game New Orleans 21, Chicago 9.

For most NFL fans, and the NFL itself, that was it, the game was over. No reason to kick the extra point since it wouldn’t make any difference in the outcome of the game.

Just one problem.

The NFL, which loooooooooooves having people gamble on their games, totally hosed a bunch of bettors who took the Bears +11 or +11.5.

However, as prescient former NFL referee Mike Pereira would point out, the lack of an extra point worked out nicely in favor of those bettors who took the Saints at -11 or -11.5

Oh yeah, those folks weren’t very happy either.

And in case you are wondering, the NFL used to make teams kick the extra point after time had expired even if it made no difference in the final outcome. The reason for that is the chaotic ending of the 2017 playoff game between the Vikings and Saints when after everyone had gone on to the field or to the locker room and Case Keenum had even been interviewed by Chris Myers, the Vikings were forced to attempt the PAT, which they ended up just kneeling.