Patrick Mahomes' Super Bowl Rushing Yards Prop Hits Under Due to Kneel-Downs

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes walks on the turf after the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Kansas City Chiefs won 31-20. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Think the San Francisco 49ers had a tough loss Sunday night?

Try losing a prop bet because of three straight kneel-downs.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had 44 rushing yards entering the final possession of his team's 31-20 Super Bowl LIV victory over San Francisco and proceeded to take a knee on three straight plays. That brought his rushing total to 29 yards, and David Purdum of ESPN noted the over/under line on the signal-caller's rushing yards was bet up as high as 36.5 prior to the game.

B/R Betting @br_betting

Your bad beat of the Super Bowl 🤮 Mahomes kneels for -15 yards and crushes Over 33.5 rush yards bettors https://t.co/TzPl2veyUJ

B/R Betting @br_betting

Mahomes kneel downs cost ‘em $8.7K 😳 (via bovicgabriel/IG) https://t.co/tMjKA8ZZpX

"That was close to a six-figure swing [in favor of the house]," Jeff Davis, director of trading for Caesars Sportsbook, said.

Purdum explained 75 percent of the bets and 68 percent of the money wagered on Mahomes' rushing total in William Hill U.S. sportsbooks was on the over. If only bettors took Kelly Stewart's advice, who predicted for B/R Betting that Mahomes would stay under:

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Never a doubt @kellyinvegas 😂 https://t.co/Qna9ZC1AUd

At least PointsBet Sportsbook was feeling generous after the game:

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🚨KARMA KOMMITTEE ALERT🚨 All bettors who took Mahomes Over 30.5 Rushing Yards have been refunded after he LOST 15 YARDS on three kneel downs to end the game🤢 If there’s been a worse beat on a prop than this one, feel free to let us know!

Not a bad silver lining for bettors who snatched defeat from the jaws of sure victory.