Bettors pound books with big bets on Browns and Bears-Saints’ ‘under’

Cleveland took the lead on the first play from scrimmage and kept it all night in a 48-37 win at Pittsburgh.

One BetMGM bettor is loving life today and was certainly on top of the world last night as well. He or she placed a monster bet on Cleveland +5.5 at Pittsburgh in Sunday’s final game of Super Wild Card Weekend, winning $500,000 when the Browns beat the Steelers outright by a 48-37 score.

From the first play from scrimmage to start the game, he or she was feeling great about the large investment. Pittsburgh veteran center Maurkice Pouncey zipped the first snap out of the shotgun way over Ben Roethlisberger’s head. The ball ended up stopping at around Pittsburgh’s own 3, but a mad scramble by players from both teams resulted in the ball going into the end zone. The Browns’ Karl Joseph recovered for a TD and an early 7-0 lead.

Next, the Steelers committed three turnovers that the Browns turned into short TD drives and a commanding 28-0 lead in the first quarter. It was the fastest start and biggest first-quarter lead in NFL postseason history.

Pittsburgh did rally in the third quarter, trimming the deficit to 35-23 with 2:57 remaining in the third quarter. Then after forcing a three and out, the Steelers had the ball at around their own 45 facing a fourth-and-one play.

With all the momentum, it was a no-brainer to go for it. However, Mike Tomlin sent out the punting team. They initially tried to bait Cleveland into an offsides penalty, but took a five-yard delay of game penalty instead.

The move predictably backfired, with the Browns getting a 40-yard TD pass from Baker Mayfield to Nick Chubb off a screen pass to extend their lead to 42-23 with 12:32 left.

Another bettor at BetMGM easily won a $300,000 play on the New Orleans-Chicago game to go ‘under’ 48 points. The Saints won 21-9.

One FanDuel gambler used NFL adjusted lines to form a six-game parlay. He or she risked $50,000 for a payout of $110,379.25.

Four of the plays — Indianapolis +20.5, Washington +18.5, Tennessee +16.5 and New Orleans +3.5 — were easy winners. But the bettor needed backdoor TDs late in the fourth quarter of two games.

Seattle, which he had at +12.5, fell behind his or her’s number with 4:46 remaining when the Rams went ahead 30-13 on a 15-yard TD pass from Jared Goff to Robert Woods.

However, Russell Wilson found D.K. Metcalf for a 12-yard scoring strike with 2:28 left to provide the final points in a 30-20 loss for the Seahawks.

The last leg of the six-teamer featured the Steelers +15.5. They trimmed the deficit to 42-29 with 11:08 remaining on a 29-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger to rookie WR Chase Claypool, but Cleveland got a 24-yard field goal from Cody Parkey to inch ahead of the 15.5-point number with a 45-29 advantage with 4:28 left.

Parkey added a 37-yard FG with 2:51 remaining. However, with 1:09 left, Roethlisberger found Claypool again for a seven-yard TD pass to provide the final points.

Another FanDuel bettor took a big risk that I’d never recommend, but it paid off for him when Tampa Bay held off Washington in a 31-23 win Saturday night. The gambler risked $100,000 to win $25,000 on the Buccaneers at -400 on the money line.

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