NFL Divisional Round betting recap: Chiefs pull off historic comeback to cover vs. Texans

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (AP PHOTO/REED HOFFMANN)
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Ahead 21-0, the Texans had a 88% chance to cover the 10-point spread at the end of the first quarter in Sunday’s Divisional Playoff game against the Chiefs. Then chaos ensued.

In a decision that could have changed the outcome of Houston’s eventual 51-31 defeat at Arrowhead Stadium, Texans coach Bill O’Brien elected to kick a field goal on fourth-and-short from the Chiefs’ 13-yard-line. The move was a win for the Chiefs, who awoke from a mistake-filled start to score 28 of their 41 unanswered points in the second quarter alone.

The 52 combined halftime points not only marked the highest-scoring first half in NFL postseason history, but it also gave OVER bettors an easy win in 30 minutes of football.

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According to Covers, the first-half result was the perfect outcome for one large casino player at MGM. The whale bettor won $100,000 on the first-half OVER, $100,000 on Texans +6, and two $100,000 winners on full-game OVER 50.5 and OVER 51.

Kansas City also became the first team in NFL history, regular season or playoffs, to trail by 24-plus points in the first half and be tied or leading entering halftime.

With the win, Andy Reid’s teams improved to 23-4 SU and 18-9 ATS all-time off a regular-season or playoff bye. While Reid’s Chiefs will be at a rest disadvantage for the AFC Championship game, Kansas City opened as a 9.5-point favorite over the Titans at the Westgate SuperBook. The line quickly dropped to 7.5 by Sunday night.

Packers defense cashes tickets

Sharp bettors who laid 4 points with the Packers have Jaire Alexander to thank for his spread-saving sack of Russell Wilson on a 2-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter.

After it’s typical second-half comeback, Seattle look to cut the Packers’ lead to a field goal with 9:33 left. Instead, one of Green Bay’s five sacks on the night helped chalk bettors cash in the 28-23 win.

Davante Adams proved to be the thorn in Seattle’s back as the Packers wideout caught all eight of his receptions on third down as he became the only Packer in franchise history with 150-plus receiving yards and 2-plus receiving touchdowns in a playoff game.

While Wilson dropped to 26-14-2 ATS in his career as an underdog, Aaron Rodgers improved to 10-5-1 ATS in the playoffs in his career.

The Packers opened as a 7-point underdog (total 45.5) for next week’s NFC Championship game in San Francisco. The matchup with the Niners is a rematch from Nov. 24 when Green Bay was embarrassed 37-8 as a 3-point road dog.