As devastating of a loss as the $1.4 million wager was, a Caesars bettor suffered a similarly unproductive, albeit less damaging loss.
After the Chargers had already gone up big, Caesars received a $54,000 wager on the Chargers’ moneyline at -5000 odds. That bet would have cleared $1,080 in profit if it cashed, but of course, it did not.
The Jags-Chargers result was just the start of a crazy NFL playoff window. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers played a relatively predictable game Saturday afternoon, but Sunday's game was much less predictable.
The first Sunday game featured the Buffalo Bills, who were 13.5-point favorites, against the Miami Dolphins and rookie third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson. The betting public was heavily behind the Bills, yet the Dolphins were ahead at halftime and narrowly missed out on the upset, falling 34-31.
The New York Giants then took their show on the road and beat the 13-4 Minnesota Vikings in their home stadium. The Vikings had beaten the Giants in the same venue a few weeks prior and were also favored by three points.
The late game also produced a similarly intriguing matchup. Just like Thompson and the Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens and backup quarterback Tyler Huntley took a 10-9 lead into halftime against the highly-favored Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals pulled out a 24-17 win in the end but failed to cover the 8.5-point spread in another victory for the underdogs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys will complete the playoff picture once they meet on Monday night. The winner will advance to play the San Francisco 49ers.