Another late pick-six impacts NFL winners on MNF
Published on Tuesday, 10/14/14, at 12:15 a.m. Eastern.
A wild week of NFL gambling was capped by a San Francisco interception for a touchdown that decided ‘over/under’ bets on Monday Night Football. Dontae Johnson’s pick-six from St. Louis quarterback Austin Davis put the finishing touches on a 31-17 road win for the 49ers.
It was the third time in Week 7 that a pick-six in the final minute reversed the ATS outcome of a game.
Jim Harbaugh’s team cashed tickets as a 3.5-point road favorite, while ‘over’ backers were extremely fortunate to get a winner when the 48 combined points went ‘over’ the 44.5-point total.
The Rams raced out to a 14-0 lead and seemed to be in complete control. A terrible pass-interference penalty on what would’ve been a huge gain on Davis’s completion to tight end Jared Cook completely changed the momentum of the game.
That call by the officials, in addition to Colin Kaepernick’s 80-yard scoring strike to Brandon Lloyd with only 14 seconds left until halftime, were the major game changers. It was an unfathomable mistake by the St. Louis secondary, as cornerback Janoris Jenkins inexplicably bit on a double move and the safety was nowhere to be found.
Kapernick made a brilliant TD pass to Anquan Boldin to put San Francisco ahead for the first time at 17-14 at the 9:58 mark of the third quarter. The Nevada-Reno product threw for 343 yards and three TDs without an interception.
**B.E’s Bonus Nuggets**
–Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal takes you through the other crazy NFL finishes at this link.
–When Aquib Talib collected a pick-six to make Denver a 31-17 winner as a 7.5-point road ‘chalk,’ unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a a bet for 600 large at The M Resort in Vegas.
–The wrong-side winner that went against the Jets left them as the only team in the NFL that still hasn’t covered this season. They are 0-5-1 versus the number. The Jags (1-5 ATS) got their first cover in backdoor fashion with a TD in the final minute to burn Tennessee backers like me. The Titans failed to cover in the 16-14 outright victory as four-point home favorites.
–Cleveland is the only team that’s undefeated ATS-wise with its 3-0-2 spread record. However, the Chargers and Colts have produced more profit with 5-1 ATS marks.
–Buffalo and Detroit have the best records for the ‘under’ (5-1). The Colts and Packers are the best ‘over’ teams (5-1).
—UFC play-by-play voice Mike Goldberg wasn’t happy with twitter criticism of his NFL debut on FOX during the Vikings-Lions game (h/t to Bloody Elbow). He has since deleted the tweets. UPDATE: Goldberg has been pulled from this week’s Bills-Vikings game in favor of veteran broadcaster Tim Brando (another h/t to Bloody Elbow).
–I had San Francisco for a winner to improve my NFL record to 17-10 (63%).