Super Bowl Bad Beats: Brock Purdy's kneel-down costly for bettors - ESPN
The heavily backed Kansas City Chiefs winning on Sunday was already a bad result for sportsbooks, but the addition of the Super Bowl's second-ever overtime made it even worse.
«Overtime was bad,» Craig Mucklow, vice president of trading for Caesars Sportsbook told ESPN. «It was our biggest loser of the prop bets.»
Indeed, several popular props cashed only because of the extra period, among them:
Patrick Mahomes over 1.5 touchdown passes, which hit on the final play of the game.
Christian McCaffrey over 129.5 scrimmage yards. The 2023 Offensive Player of the Year had eight touches in overtime to get over this total.
Brock Purdy over 20.5 completions and over 246.5 passing yards.
However, Purdy was also at the center of the biggest bad beat of the night. With that in mind, here are the bets that caused the most agony for bettors and the only relief for the sportsbooks.
On the 49ers' first drive of the second half, Purdy scrambled to the left side to pick up 4 yards on the ground. That run pushed him to 13 rushing yards on the evening, a sliver over his consensus total, which stood at 12.5.
The 24-year-old did not attempt another rush in regulation until the last play of the fourth quarter, when Purdy took a knee to wind down the clock and send the Super Bowl to overtime. It would technically go down as a -1 yard run to bring Purdy's rushing total to 12. The 2022 Mr. Irrelevant would not attempt a rush in overtime.
The books likely breathed a sigh of relief, as that prop was one of the most popular across the market.
BetMGM reported that the over on that Purdy line was its most popular prop bet by ticket volume; it had 90% of the tickets and 87% of the handle, compared with the under. Similarly, at DraftKings, Purdy's over