As any sports bettor can tell you, a seemingly meaningless game to the masses is important to some.
Case in point: Sunday’s NFL showdown between longtime rivals the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams.
At stake was first place in the NFC West division, and the 49ers, who had won eight of the previous nine games against the Rams, were 7.5-point favorites.
Let’s see how a meaningless late play crushed San Francisco bettors on Sunday.
Leading 27-20, 49ers kicker Jake Moody made a 26-yard field goal with just under three minutes remaining to increase the lead to 10 points.
The Rams had the ball with 94 seconds remaining. Matthew Stafford completed a 17-yard pass to the 49ers’ 20, then threw the ball with four seconds remaining.
Instead of punting into the end zone, Rams coach Sean McVay opted to attempt a 38-yard field goal. 49ers bettors won’t forget what happened next.
Brett Maher’s kick was good as time expired.
Final score: 49ers 30, Rams 23.
Ouch, what a brutal bad beat.
The latest member of the Brett Maher Fan Club is this punter.
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