Chiefs fans everywhere rejoiced when the team's offense lined up in victory formation in the final seconds of Super Bowl LIV, but some of Patrick Mahomes' biggest supporters were left devastated.
Mahomes' trio of late-game kneeldowns cost him a whopping 15 rushing yards, bringing his total for the game to 29--below the commonly purchased over/under number of 30 yards.
Mahomes' rushing total was one of the most popular prop bets for the Super Bowl, according to several sports books. The number opened at 27.5 and soared into the mid-30s at some books before settling mostly at 29.5 or 30 before the game.
Mahomes rushed for 218 yards on 43 carries in his 14 regular-season games, an average of 15.6 yards per game, mostly on scrambles and broken plays. He took it took another level this postseason, eclipsing 50 yards against both the Texans and Titans en route to the Super Bowl. Mahomes even authored perhaps his trademark moment of the Chiefs' title run with his legs:
It's little surprise then that casual bettors flocked to the over on Mahomes' rushing total, even against a tough and fast 49ers defense that suffocated the offenses of the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.
And for a few glorious moments, the casual bettors were vindicated--until the Chiefs and Mahomes went into kill-the-clock mode.
The loss of yards was a "six-figure swing [in favor of the house]," a Caesars Sportsbook official told ESPN.
The sportsbook Points Bet even said it would refund the prop bet to its customers.