Tom Brady and the New England Patriots rallied from a 25-point deficit to shock Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, winning Super Bowl 51 in a first time overtime classic. There were lots of prop bets on the menu and here we go over the biggest betting blowout
There were plenty of offshore prop bets which yielded quick or profitable returns for their backers at Super Bowl 51 in Houston in a game where no Gatorade flowed because the final outcome wasn’t determined until the last play of OT and the AFC’s New England Patriots caught the NFC’s Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, rallying from a Super Bowl-record 25-point deficit (28-3, 3Q) in one of the most exciting championship games in NFL history.
And we can see why the Lady Gaga opening song prop was taken down with the pop star actually starting her halftime act with the lyrics to ‘God Bless America’ before launching into ‘Poker Face’. Let’s take a look at some of those seemingly easy and profitable returns.
Will There Be Overtime?
There’d never been an OT in 50 previous Super Bowls, but “Yes”—closed 7/1 at Las Vegas SuperBook— gamblers collected Sunday thanks to an FG followed by two late 4th Quarter TDs and 2-point conversions, deadlocking the game, 28-28 with 57 seconds left in regulation.
Largest Lead Of Game Either Team, Will There Be Defensive/Other Score?
The largest lead prop bet was over fairly early when the Falcons extended their lead to 21-0 with 2:21 to go in the 2nd Quarter as Robert Alford took a Brady interception 82 yards for a TD, also winning a healthy plus for the “Will There Be a Special Teams or Defensive TD?” backers, as we advised taking here last week.
First TD Scorer, Brady Longest Run, Will There Be a Missed Extra Point?
After a scoreless 1st Quarter—we offered 1st Quarter Under as our top props pick—Falcons RB Devonta Freeman scored on a 5-yard run, making those who backed him first TD scorer at open or close pleased as punch.
The 15-yard jaunt by New England QB Tom Brady in the 3rd Quarter went way (11½ yards) Over the posted 3½-yard total, while those gambling on the “Will There be a Missed XP?” Yes were thrilled when Patriots’ PK Stephen Gostkowski missed his attempt after NE's first TD.
MVP, Total Rushing + Receiving Yards by James White Props Profitable and Easy
The Patriots and OC Josh McDaniels decided heavy doses of RB James White might mean positive yardage, and the Wisconsin-product didn’t disappoint, racking up 110 yards on a Super Bowl-record 14 Receptions for 2 TDs and rushing 6 times for 29 yards and two more TDs, helping Over (-110) backers easily win this Prop.
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