AFC's late Pro Bowl comeback win had major ramifications for gamblers

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The Pro Bowl featured a late comeback that made a big difference for bettors. (Getty Images)
The Pro Bowl featured a late comeback that made a big difference for bettors. (Getty Images)

People who happened to place a wager on the Pro Bowl to make the game more exciting weren’t disappointed Sunday.

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With 1:39 left in the contest, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hit Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker with a touchdown pass down the middle of the field to put the AFC ahead for the first time all game.

It’s the Pro Bowl, though, so little was on the line for anyone watching … unless you put some money on the game. With that touchdown, the AFC took a 24-23 lead. That busted a lot of bettors who put money on the NFC, as they were favored to win the game by three points. 

Up to that point, the AFC had trailed all game, so that wager looked good. The NFC did have one more opportunity to cover, but Denver Broncos star Von Miller forced a strip sack to end the game.

Yeah, you read that right, there was some defense in the Pro Bowl this year. That development was also unexpected by Vegas. The over/under for the contest was somewhere between 62 and 63 depending on where you placed your wager. The total number of points scored in the game was just 47.

Maybe some saw that coming, because the over/under opened at 71 and went down as the week progressed. Either way, that’s actually up from last year’s Pro Bowl score, which totaled 33.

Does that mean teams are finally playing legitimate defense in the Pro Bowl now? No, not really. If anything, it just reinforces the unpredictability of a game where players don’t have incentive to give it their all.

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