Tue, Feb 7, 9:57am by Staff Writer
Super Bowl 51 had to be seen to be believed.
Early in the third quarter it was all Atlanta, they led by 28 points to three and it was desperation time for the Patriots. Even at three-quarter-time it looked as if the Patriots were gone, trailing 28-9.
It was at this point that Tom Brady – who surely will now go down as the greatest quarterback of all time – led one of the greatest comebacks in any sport, let alone Super Bowl history, lifting New England out of a 25-point hole to the club’s fifth NFL championship in the game’s first overtime finish.
The Pats scored 19 points in the final quarter, including a pair of two-point conversions, then marched relentlessly to James White’s two-yard touchdown run in overtime, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.
There will no prizes handed out for guessing who was named MVP, Mr Tom Brady of course, for the fourth time.
It was a rollercoaster ride and for one Sportsbet customer, a ride that he or she will never forget, making every tackle and riding every hit with the players.
The punter finished up pocketing $23,712 for their tiny $10 investment, thanks to New England’s win.
Just like the Patriots’ win, the previous three legs of this four-leg multi had to be seen to be believed. The four-leg multi also included Cronulla ($6) to win the NRL Premiership, Cleveland ($3.20) to win the NBA Championship and Western Bulldogs ($13 to win the AFL flag. All three of which, as we know, were drought-breaking wins of their own.
That trio all saluted last year and then the final-leg, the Patriots came back from nowhere to win today, which was a $9.50 chance when this multi bet was placed last year, what an amazing effort.
Back to today’s Super Bowl fluctuations and there were plenty of winners and of course, plenty of losers. New England got out to as much as $34 in live Super Bowl betting with only two Sportsbet punters smart enough to have $10 on the Patriots at that stage.
As is always the case, some punters came out on the wrong side, just like the customer who had just over $4,100 on Atlanta at $1.02 when they were up by 25 points early in the third quarter.
Sportsbet’s Christian Jantzen said “we ended up paying out around $1.3 million on the Patriots winning the game itself, so the punters got it right, they just had a few nervous moments.”
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