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Patrick Mahomes kneel-downs lead to brutal bad beat

Apologies if you bet the over on Patrick Mahomes rushing yards in Super Bowl 54.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes runs for a gain in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl 54 with a fourth quarter comeback and quarterback Patrick Mahomes took home the Most Valuable Player award thanks to his closing work.

Don’t tell that to anybody who bet on Mahomes to exceed his rushing total prop bet.

DraftKings Sportsbook offered a Mahomes rushing total prop bet at 30.5 rushing yards. Late in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs were up 31-20 and Mahomes had easily exceeded the number with 44 yards. The Chiefs were set to win the Super Bowl and that meant we were going to get some kneel downs to close things out.

Normally, kneel-downs involve the quarterback either immediately kneeling with the ball or taking a single step back and then kneeling. Maybe you lose a couple yards per knee. With 44 rushing yards in hand, three kneel-downs should have cost him no more than six or seven yards. There was breathing room on the prop bet.

Instead, the scream you heard across the country was not 49ers fans distraught over the blown lead, but Mahomes over rushing yardage bettors. On the first and last kneel-downs, Mahomes took several steps back to bleed clock before kneeling. The three knees added up to 15 lost rushing yards.

The prop bet was installed at 30.5 rushing yards and Mahomes finished the game with 29 yards. I think this GIF sums it up best if you bet the over.

GIF of stick figure banging head against wall

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