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Missed 29-yard FG costs one big bettor

by Ryan

A 29-yard field goal for a professional kicker — or a college kicker or most high-school kickers — should be automatic. Keep that in mind.

On Thursday, a bettor made a big play on the Philadelphia Eagles-New York Giants game. He or she put $250,000 on the Eagles -3 in the first half. The payout would have been $488,095.25.

OK, back to the 29-yard field goal.

The Eagles made some mistakes in an up-and-down first half, most notably Carson Wentz’s baffling interception to the end zone that cost the Eagles some points. Still, Philadelphia led 10-7, and a fumble by Giants running back Dion Lewis set up a chip-shot field goal with less than 30 seconds left before halftime. That big bet was basically a gimme.

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott lined up, with that huge bet in the balance … and missed. Wide left.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson was dumbfounded. Elliott looked shocked. But their disappointment didn’t directly cost either of them a $238,095.25 win.

The Eagles won the first half 10-7. The bet on Philadelphia -3 was a push. The bettor got his $250,000 bet back, so it wasn’t a total debacle. But an easy field goal attempt was pushed wide left, costing a bettor a little less than a quarter of a million dollars.

How was your Thursday night?

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (4) had a costly miss. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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