Jerick McKinnon’s slide leads list of Super Bowl 57 ‘Bad Beats’

Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs, but condolences to all Jerick McKinnon “anytime touchdown” bettors. McKinnon’s sly move to slip at the two-yard line helped the Chiefs burn the clock as they attempted a go-ahead field goal with eleven seconds remaining, but for the touchdown bettors, his slide was soul-wrecking.

McKinnon’s slide wasn’t the only bad beat of Super Bowl 57, as several other players’ prop bets narrowly missed the payout. While the over/under was never in question for the game with 73 total points scored, some may consider the holding penalty given to Eagles cornerback James Bradbury a “bad beat” as it had a major impact on the game’s spread outcome and money line.

Eventually, several prop bets came to a close, with some bettors walking away with lucky wins and others wishing they hadn’t made the bet in the first place. Let’s break down the next calls.

Super Bowl 57 Bad Beats

Odds courtesy of BetMGM

Jerick McKinnon All-Time TD Scorer (+160)

McKinnon’s heads-up slide at the two-yard line was Super Bowl 57’s most notable “bad beat” given the importance of the game to the outcome of the game.

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Kenneth Gainwell first (+1600) and all-time TD scorer (+275)

Gainwell started a night of bad beats with the first drive of the game when bettors with a First Touchdown Scorer (+1600) ticket and an anytime TD Scorer (+275) ticket looked like they were about to get a juicy Draw in plus -money support.

Not so fast, my friends. After checking, Gainwell’s elbow hit the ground just short of the end zone, resulting in Jalen Hurts later conceding with the first touchdown scorer (+800) prop.

DeVonta Smith All-Time TD Scorer (+150)

Trailing 35-27, Smith capitalized on broken cover by hauling in a 45-yard reception while going over the limits at the two-yard line. Had he been pushed out by a defender at the two-yard line, then that would be fine – bettors can live with that – but if Smith himself tiptoes out of bounds it will make things worse for his “anytime TD” bettors.

Travis Kelce longest reception OVER 22.5 yards (-110)

Kelce’s over/under on his longest reception was 22.5 yards at BetMGM and what happens? Kelce’s longest reception is 22 yards. Sure, the betting market is sharp these days and props are usually priced right, but jeez, let’s just have one.

Boston Scott OVER 8.5 rushing yards (-110)

Scott’s rushing yards prop OVER 8.5 Rushing yards looked like easy cash in the first quarter with his first carry totaling nine yards, but Gamblor gives and takes.

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