On Sunday, with time running down in the fourth quarter, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay royally hosed gamblers who bet on the 49ers.
San Francisco, who was a 7.5 point favorite over the Rams, was up by 10 points with just four seconds remaining in the game.
That’s when, rather inexplicably, Sean McVay sent out his field goal unit to try a 38 yard kick.
Brett Maher then proceeded to put it through the uprights as time expired, making the final score 30 to 23 and, in turn, allowing the Rams to cover the spread.
Gamblers were NOT happy and wanted Sean McVay and his decision to kick a meaningless field goal to be investigated by the NFL.
On Monday, Sean McVay was asked about the strange choice.
“Is there a reason you chose to kick a field goal at the end of the game?” a reporter asked the Rams coach.
Yeah, what we were trying to do is we were trying to be able to get a completion to where we kicked the field goal beforehand with the opportunity to be able to… if we had hit that deep in-breaking route, it really would’ve worked out the way that we wanted to,” McVay replied. “We were going to try to kick a field goal, right? Once we got into field goal position to then be able to kick an onside and try to give ourselves the real opportunity to win the game.
“By the time it got down to it, didn’t anticipate that in-cut that we hit Puka running that long and just said, ‘Alright, go ahead and kick the field goal.’ Felt like it was an opportunity to be able to not leave Matthew [Stafford] susceptible to an unnecessary heave to the end zone and get an opportunity for our field goal operation.
“But, the initial goal was to try to get a two-for-one to where you end up getting into field goal range a little bit earlier with some of the play selections that we had. And then ultimately be able to try to have an onside kick to then be able to go try to compete to tie or win the game.
“But apparently, [Rams’ vice president of communications] Artis [Twyman] told me there’s a lot of people in Vegas pissed off about that decision. I clearly was not aware of that stuff.”
The man doth protest too much, methinks.
And so do a whole lot of NFL fans.
“So we got coaches betting on games basically,” one fan commented.
“There are no coincidences with such large amounts of money,” another fan wrote.
“I call 100% b.s on that, Sean’s cousin prob had 100k on the game,” another fan suggested.
“McVay said he had no idea about the point spread 😂😂,” read another comment.