One of the greatest comebacks in NFL playoff history attracted one of the craziest bets ever reported: $1.4 million to win just $11,200.

The bet lost, went viral and then caused controversy in the sports betting community.

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A moneyline bet was placed with the DraftKings on Saturday after the Los Angeles Chargers took a 27-0 lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of overnight limit. At that point, the DraftKings were offering the Chargers odds of winning the game at -12,500. To win $100, a player must risk $12,500 on the Chargers. The unknown player went even further.

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On Saturday at 7:31 p.m., based on a screenshot of the bet (first released by Bleacher Report and confirmed by Sportzshala), the player placed a $1.4 million bet on the Chargers to win the game with -12,500 odds. If successful, the player will win a net $11,200. Yes, a $1.4 million bet to win $11,200.

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The Jaguars would go on to win 31–30 in the second half, the third-biggest comeback in NFL playoff history, with the bettor losing $1.4 million.

Big money line bets to win much smaller amounts happen more often than you might expect. Earlier this season, for example, a player risked $1,800 to the Indianapolis Colts when they led the Minnesota Vikings 33-0 for a chance to win $9.

In 2020, a player placed a $240,000 moneyline bet that BYU would beat Texas-San Antonio for a chance to win a net $3,428.55.

However, a $1.4 bet on Chargers at -12,500 is the most extreme example. The bet caused controversy on Twitter, with industry stakeholders and rival bookmakers questioning whether individual bets should be published. Bookies usually only release bets after getting permission from the customer or if the bet receipts are posted on social media. The identities of the players are almost never revealed.

The DraftKings confirmed that the $1.4 million bet was made with the Chargers leading 27-0, but declined to provide details. DraftKings did not release information about the bet on their social media.

Bleacher Report posted a screenshot of the bet just after midnight on Sunday.

A Bleacher Report spokesperson told Sportzshala in an email that “we’re seeing a lot of bet receipts from where we’re sitting, but we don’t have much more to say about this particular bet.”

Other bookies and industry stakeholders really had something to say about one of the biggest in-game bets ever recorded in the US.

Matt Metcalfe, director of bookmaker Circa Sports, tweeted about the bet, sarcastically asking an observer to “find the worst bet any of our customers has made and post it! The race to embarrass our client with the biggest loss to the social media world is on, and we’re falling behind! Our players are idiots and we need to show the world and use their stupidity.”

Todd Fuhrman, a betting analyst for CBS Sports and formerly of Caesars Sportsbook, questioned why the bookmakers’ PR “comes at the expense of a player they should value.”

Dan Worthington, who was the executive producer and creative director of betting content Bleacher Report, told Sportzshala that people are always skeptical of bet splits posted online, especially wilder ones like the $1.4 million bet on the Chargers. For the most part, he believes that bookmakers are good at protecting the identity of players.

“I don’t think books should be selling tickets if the customer doesn’t agree with it,” Worthington, who now manages social media betting content for The Juice at Wave Sports Entertainment, said during a phone interview Sunday night.

Worthington added that he did not know how the screenshot of the coupon ended up in the Bleacher Report.

“However, the question arises: why does the player want to make this bet public?” he said.

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The Underdogs went 4-1 against the spread, and the Jaguars, Dolphins, Giants and Ravens covered the spread in five wild card games over the weekend.

All five games have exceeded the total.

The biggest weekend pre-match bet on Caesars Sportsbook was $880,000 on the Baltimore Ravens +6.5 against the Cincinnati Bengals. It was posted earlier in the week, before Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was formally ruled out. The line closed at Bengals -8.

“This was the first time this client had bet this size,” said Craig Macklow, vice president of trading at Caesars Sportsbook. “We thought they were betting that Lamar would play.”

The Bengals won 24-17.

The Miami Dolphins closed as the consensus favorite with 14 points against the Buffalo Bills, making them the biggest underdogs in Wild Card history. The game attracted lopsided action on Buffalo, most of the money was in high demand minus points accounts and the money line (-1000).

John Murray, chief executive of SuperBook, said the Dolphins covering the reversal generated the biggest win of any weekend game on his store. “Dolphins would be a huge win for us,” Murray said. “At least they covered and we did very well with that result, plus the game is on.”

• The Jaguars got 28-1 moneyline odds in the game and received massive support in Caesars Sportsbook.

“It was definitely ugly in the game, that’s for sure,” Caesars’ Macklow said. “Lots of 28-1 money line bets and they all add up at these odds. Before the Jags hit the game-winning field goal, we were in the perfect position. We wanted the Chargers not to be covered. .

“Once you see a change in momentum in teams, no matter what price you put in the game, people are just drawn to the team with momentum,” he added. “It happened a couple of times this year and it’s been great for the bettors.”

Macklow said the largest Jaguars bet in the game was $10,000 on the Jaguars at +750. Caesars also said it placed a $250,000 bet on the Jaguars from a Michigan player who cashed it out in a tie.

Jacksonville’s comeback resulted in SuperBook’s biggest Wild Card Weekend loss “to date”.

“We were able to clean up the mess across the states by beating the Chargers on Saturday night,” SuperBook’s Murray said. “And we were certainly pleased with ourselves when the score was 27-0.”

PointsBet reported two six-figure in-game bets on the Jaguars: $10,000 at 11-1, which was placed early in the third quarter with the Chargers leading 27-7, and $20,000 at 8-1. which were made at the beginning of the third quarter. took a seat early in the fourth quarter with the Chargers leading 30–20.

• The Dallas Cowboys were 2.5 points favorite over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday. With the exception of dramatic line moves, this will be the first time that Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has ever been a home underdog in the playoffs.

Early bets on the game at Caesars Sportsbook were relatively balanced, but Macklow said they had received a request for a large bet that could potentially be placed on the Cowboys.

“We need Bucs right now, and it’s entirely possible that we will actually need them tomorrow,” Macklow said. “We expect a big bet [on the Cowboys] tomorrow.”

Murray said SuperBook was heavily critical of the pirates earlier in the week. “Sharp people immediately hit us when we opened Bucs +3.5 last week and they were also at Bucs +3,” he said.