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Monday, March 30, 2020

Seahawks pull off improbable backdoor cover against Cowboys

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The injury to Sebastian Janikowski had some serious consequences to those who bet on Saturday night’s NFC Wild Card playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas went up by two scores late in the game on a Dak Prescott 1-yard touchdown run to make it 24-14 with 2:08 left. At that point, most Cowboys bettors were feeling pretty confident about the 2.5 point spread.

Instead, some late-game magic changed things.

Russell Wilson quickly found Tyler Lockett for a 53-yard pass play to put Seattle at the 13. Then after that, Seattle scored on a 4th-and-4 play with 1:18 left. Because Janikowski was injured, Seattle went for two in a situation where teams almost always go for the extra point. The Seahawks walked in for an easy 2-point conversion to make it 24-22.

The 2-point conversion was actually Seattle’s second of the half, as they also made one in the third quarter to take a 14-10 lead. If Janikowski had not gotten hurt, you can almost be certain the Seahawks wouldn’t have attempted the 2-point conversions, meaning their backdoor cover would not have happened.

Our thoughts are with you, Dallas bettors.

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