- The Los Angeles Chargers upset the Kansas City Chiefs 30-24 on Sunday, winning outright as a 7-point spread and +270 Moneyline underdogs.
- While the Chargers’ backers cashed out on the win, OVER bettors were upset after the Chargers missed an extra-point attempt with 32 seconds left which could’ve sent the score over the 54.5 point total set at DraftKings.
- 82% of bettors at DraftKings wagered on the over while 87% of the tickets and 66% of the handle at the Caesars Sportsbook were made on the OVER.
The Los Angeles Chargers upset the Kansas City Chiefs 30-24 on Sunday but they also upset bettors who placed their wagers on the total going OVER.
Upset of Chiefs meant that the Chargers won the game outright as a 7-point spread and +270 Moneyline betting underdogs at the best NFL betting sites. Meanwhile, upsetting the bettors meant causing fans to ripping up their betting tickets in anger.
Los Angeles had an extra point attempt in the final seconds of the game that would have sent the total to 55 or over the 54.5 total set at DraftKings. Instead, Chargers’ kicker Tristan Vizcaino missed the PAT attempt, and the game ended with a score of 30-24.
A Case of a Bad Beat
NFL bad beat: Over bettors on Chiefs-Chargers lose when wind blows extra point wide https://t.co/XVODNgoXyu
— John Michaels (@TonerBuyer) September 26, 2021
The OVER was the popular total bet for the Kansas City vs Los Angeles Week 3 showdown. With their high-powered offense, the Chiefs had seen the total hit over in six out of their last nine games played. The over had also hit in four out of their last six meetings with the Chargers and in four out of their last five head-to-head meetings at Arrowhead Stadium.
Those trends made 82% of the bettors at Draftkings bet on the OVER 54.5 points. At the Caesars Sportsbook, the majority of the total bets were made on the over, and that included 87% of the tickets and 66% of the handle at 54.5 points for the L.A. vs K.C. game.
But after a slow start to the game, it seemed that theirs was a lost bet already. However, after the Chargers went for the touchdown instead of the field goal during their game-winning drive, the OVER bettors found a new lease on life. When Justin Herbert connected with Mike Williams on that game-winning TD, it looked like the teams would go over the total:
Justin Herbert hits Mike Williams for the game-winning touchdown as the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, 30-24. pic.twitter.com/xweJepve0p
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 26, 2021
But Vizcaino missed the extra-point attempt and the score remained at 30-24. Kansas City could not score in the final 32 seconds and the game ended with a score of 30-24 or a total of 54. Just one point short of going over the 54.5 total. Talk about a bad beat.
Vizcaino was 4th in the League in FG Made Entering Sunday
#Chargers K Tristan Vizcaino 5/6 83.3% (4th in the league in FG made)
4/4 (20-39 yd)
1/2 (40-49 yd)
Longest kick so far.. 46 yd FG pic.twitter.com/OPA4UVn2Pe
— Chargers Country (@ChargersCountry) September 23, 2021
The 25-year old Vizcaino entered Sunday 5 for 6 or 83.3% on his field-goal attempts for the season. That was good for 4th best in the NFL in FG made. Vizcaino went 4/4 on 20-39 yard kicks and made one out of two FG attempts from 40 yards and beyond. His longest FG made of the season was at 46 yards so a PAT would’ve been routine for him.
But not only did Vizcaino miss the XP attempt on the Mike Williams TD. He also muffed an extra-point attempt after the Chargers’ first TD of the game which gave them a 6-0 lead over the Chiefs with 13:57 left in the second quarter of the game. Talk about a double bad beat. Had Vizcaino made one of those two PAT, the OVER bettors would’ve had a good Sunday night sleep.
However, instead of hating on Vizcaino, perhaps the OVER bettors should blame the Chiefs as well. Kansas City entered the game averaging 34 points per game but was limited to just 24 in this one. MVP betting favorite Patrick Mahomes threw two interceptions while Clyde Edwards-Helaire was responsible for one of two Kansas City fumbles.