A wild weekend
The weekend’s NFL playoffs cut a field of 32 Super Bowl hopefuls to just two, produced endless storylines, and paid big money for prop bets.
Eagles-Chiefs matchup opened as a pick’em
The Philadelphia Eagles routed the injury-ridden San Francisco 49ers 31-7, while the Kansas City Chiefs used a last-second field goal to knock off the Cincinnati Bengals 23-30. The Super Bowl’s Eagles-Chiefs matchup opened as a pick’em but now has Philly at -1.5.
While bettors are already weighing in on the upcoming Super Bowl, many are still celebrating big weeks in the prop betting market. VegasSlotsOnline News has found the player props that hit for big money on Sunday.
Prop bets pay big
One of the heroes of the weekend in prop betting markets was Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. A newcomer to Kansas City this season, he brought in six receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 19-yard strike near the end of the third quarter and put the Chiefs up 20-13.
The former Green Bay Packer only had one 100-yard receiving game and was averaging 40.4 yards prior to Sunday’s explosion. Major sportsbooks had his projected receiving line as low as 25.5 yards, so anyone who went as high as 100+ was paid back in spades. Valdes-Scantling was also +430 as an anytime touchdown scorer.
cashed 2+ TD scorer bets for +950 before the first half ended
In the NFC Championship Game, a few hours before Valdes-Scantling produced his best performance of the year, Eagles running back Miles Sanders took over. The first-time Pro Bowler scored his team’s first two touchdowns and cashed 2+ TD scorer bets for +950 before the first half ended.
Sanders’ teammate in the Philadelphia backfield, Boston Scott, also found his way into the end zone 16 seconds before the halftime whistle despite being +900 to score.
On the losing side of the AFC Championship, Bengals backup running back Samaje Perine defied the odds with a +440 anytime touchdown, his seventh of the year. Unfortunately for him, his game-tying fourth-quarter score came to nothing when Harrison Butker drilled a 45-yard field goal with three seconds left.
neither team eclipsed 75 rushing yards
In the Bengals v Chiefs matchup, neither team eclipsed 75 rushing yards in total, and no player ran for more than 30 yards. The three-point differential in the final score pretty much lined up with the 1.5-point spread the oddsmakers had set before kick-off.
In contrast, the Eagles winning by 24 was unexpected, to say the least. Philly closed as a three-point favorite but was given a clear path to victory when Niners quarterback Brock Purdy suffered an injury early in the game, only for fourth-string QB Josh Johnson to get knocked out after a blow to the head. Any alternate spreads, especially the larger ones, proved extremely valuable.