FanDuel Sportsbook announced Tuesday morning it would refund NFL fans who bet the Cleveland Browns would cover as 3-point underdogs to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens won Monday night’s contest 47-42 after cornerback Marlon Humphrey tackled wide receiver Jarvis Landry into the back of the end zone for a safety to end the game.
“Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!” FanDuel tweeted. “We’re refunding all pre-live straight spread bets placed on the Browns +3, +3.5, and +4.5 from last night’s game.”
🚨 BAD BEAT REFUND 🚨
Losing your bet on a last second safety isn't exactly a great way to end the night… We know.
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) December 15, 2020
Here is how the final play went, which resulted in a safety:
(:02) (Shotgun) Baker Mayfield pass completed short over the middle to Kareem Hunt to Cleveland 27 for 2 yards. FUMBLES, recovered by Cleveland receiver Rashard Higgins at the Cleveland 27. Higgins to the Cleveland 21 for -6 yards. Lateral to Mayfield to the Cleveland 15 for -6 yards. FUMBLES, recovered by Landry at the Cleveland 12. Landry to Cleveland 19 for 7 yards. Lateral to Higgins to CLV 19 for no gain (Patrick Queen). FUMBLES (Queen), recovered by Hunt at the Cleveland 18. Hunt to the Cleveland 16 for -2 yards. Lateral to Higgins to the Cleveland 0 for -16 yards. FUMBLES, recovered by Landry at the Cleveland 0. Landry pushed out of bounds in the end zone, safety (Humphrey).
Field Level Media reported FanDuel has issued $750,000 in “bad beat” refunds so far after Monday night’s wild ending.
— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 2020
If you went to bed early, The best NFL game of the year concluded with the worst beat of the season. Here it is. pic.twitter.com/T7asU2gWKh
— Stanford Steve (@StanfordSteve82) December 15, 2020
SVP reacts to that Ravens-Browns amazing bad beat. 😂 pic.twitter.com/q7ikovBQdb
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) December 15, 2020
ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Scott Van Pelt and commentator “Stanford” Steve Coughlin featured a replay of the final play on their “Bad Beats” segment.
“If you are involved, you know that the play is called pitchy-pitchy woo-woo,” Van Pelt said. “And, you know that pitchy-pitchy woo-woo is a catastrophe because they’re going to go the wrong way.
“And then inevitably something horrible will happen, and it does, eventually.”
“[The] end zone is the other way guys,” Coughlin said.
“Everybody on the field is going to touch it,” Van Pelt said. “You’re just waiting for a Raven to get it.”
“They’re going backward,” Coughlin said.
“Now that’s a friggin’ disaster,” Monday Night Football announcer Brian Griese said of the game’s final play.
“I mean there’s really no other way to quantify what we just witnessed at the end of the best game of the year,” Van Pelt said. “You need to add two more [points] to the Ravens’ number. That’s a five-point winner for Baltimore.”
— Ken French (@CoachKenFrench) December 15, 2020
Imagine being the dude who bet $126,000 on Ravens -3 tonight at William Hill.
Just netted $114,545 because the Browns hook and lateraled their way into a no time left safety.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 15, 2020
It’s not the first time this season the Browns failed to cover the spread because of a play late in the game.
In Week 10, running back Nick Chubb decided to run out of bounds after a 59-yard run sealed a victory for the Browns over the Houston Texans.
Chubb ran out of bounds at the Texans’ 1-yard line with 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
After running out the clock, the Texans never got the ball back and the Browns won the game, 10-7.
Headed into the Nov. 15 game, the Browns were 3.5-point favorites over the Texans.
NBA Hall of Famer and “Inside the NBA” analyst Charles Barkley jokingly claimed he would punch Chubb in the face the next time he saw him because Barkley had apparently picked the Browns to cover.