With under two minutes remaining in the Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs divisional playoff game, Cleveland wide receiver Rashad Higgins was a victim of The Worst Rule In Football: Fumbling through the end zone for a touchback while reaching to score a touchdown.
Sorenson always comes up with clutch plays in big moments pic.twitter.com/VKPT78cEQR— Billy M (@BillyM_91) January 17, 2021
What didn’t get much consideration except from CBS rules analyst and former NFL referee Gene Steratore is that it looks like the blow that forced Higgins to cough up the ball was an uncalled targeting. It’s also one that could have been reviewed from the replay booth, and simply wasn’t.
But one sportsbook decided to make bettors a bit more whole, as DraftKings Sportsbook issued refunds for first half Browns bettors that would have pushed if the targeting would have been called.
CLEVELAND FIRST HALF BETTORS— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) January 17, 2021
They may not have scored, but the hit was questionable.
For that, we are refunding all Cleveland first half spread bettors (+6 to +13). pic.twitter.com/5AKtDe9wtv
The score would have been 16-10 Chiefs if Cleveland had punched it in from inside the one-yard line, instead of the 19-3 halftime score after the Chiefs marched down and added a field goal before the halftime gun.
It’s a nice gesture, and maybe a bit of justice for the wagering community after what is widely called the Dumbest Rule In Football combined with an uncalled rule came to hurt the underdog Browns heavily.
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