Super Bowl Safety Bettors Cringe at Seahawks’ Offsides Penalty

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was the villain of the Super Bowl for some bettors.

Bennett jumped offside when the New England Patriots had the ball at their own 1-yard-line with 20 seconds to go while leading 28-24, erasing the last chance for a safety -- and for gamblers who made that bet to collect a win.

His encroachment penalty brought the ball out to the 6, giving Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plenty of room to take the snap, kneel down and let time expire.

Whether there would be a safety -- each of the previous three Super Bowls had one -- was among the hundreds of proposition bets offered by sports books on the Super Bowl. Jeff Sherman at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook said those “prop” wagers -- usually not tied directly to the final score of the game -- accounted for about 60 percent of the total amount bet on the Super Bowl.

Here’s how the rest of some of the more popular bets on the National Football League’s championship game turned out.

-The coin toss landed tails. So now tails leads heads in the Super Bowl 25-24. Action so heavily favored heads that some books were making it less expensive to bet on tails, according to RJ Bell, who runs betting information website Pregame.com.

-Special teams or defenses didn’t score.

-The first score was not a field goal or a safety, rather it was a 11-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Brandon LaFell in the second quarter. LaFell had been listed at 16-1 odds by William Hill Plc, meaning a $100 wager paid off $1,600.

-Patriots receiver Julian Edelman had the game’s last touchdown, the go-ahead score that paid off at 12-1 odds.

Lynch Score

-Bettors had to wager $165 to win $100 that Marshawn Lynch would score a touchdown for the Seahawks. Beast Mode did, and 95 percent of the tickets at William Hill’s 105 Nevada sportsbooks were on the winning side of that prop.

-Rob Gronkowski also scored a touchdown for the Patriots, returning a $100 profit on a $110 wager, with 97 percent of tickets at William Hill taking the “yes” on that prop.

-Brady had been the heavy favorite to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award at Bovada, with 8-5 odds. He did, for a record-tying third time.

-Like every other Super Bowl, there was no overtime. The NFL title game hasn’t gone to extra time since the Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants in 1958.

-Neither fullback James Develin of the Patriots nor Seahawks receiver Bryan Walters scored, meaning that an Ivy League player still has yet to get on the board in the Super Bowl. Develin, who went to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, had 20-1 odds at Bovada.lv. Walters, of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, also was 20-1. Develin caught one pass for six yards; Walters had no receptions.

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