5 Worst Bad Beats In Super Bowl History: Patrick Mahomes Kneel Downs & The Falcons

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Written By Eli Hershkovich | Last Updated
Super Bowl Bad Beats

Everyone betting on Super Bowl 58 odds is obviously aiming to cash their tickets — even the longshots. However, responsible gambling should be at the front of your radar. After all, there have been a bevy of Super Bowl bad beats in recent memory, including one from Chiefs vs. 49ers in Super Bowl 54. Let’s dive into that among the five most notable crushing defeats in “Big Game” history.

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Super Bowl bad beats

5. Super Bowl 54: Patrick Mahomes Rushing Prop

The market for Mahomes’ rushing yards closed at 29.5 at most shops. The game’s MVP generated 44 of them before the Chiefs’ final offensive possession. Mahomes accrued -15 yards on three kneel-downs, landing on 29 in the process. For those unfazed by history, you can tackle his rushing yards prop this time around. It’s currently priced at .

4. Super Bowl 49: Seahawks (+1) vs. Patriots

Trailing 28-24 with less than 30 seconds left, Seattle was one yard away from taking the lead. While Tom Brady may have had a couple of cracks at sending the game to overtime, Seahawks bettors still would’ve been sitting pretty. But rather than provide Marshawn Lynch with another crack at the potential game-winning touchdown, Russell Wilson dropped back to pass. Moments later, Patriots corner Malcolm Butler made one of the most remarkable interceptions in Super Bowl history, sealing another title for Brady & Co.

3. Super Bowl 43: Cardinals (First-Half +3) vs. Steelers

Although pushing your bet can be a bit disappointing, it’s certainly better than suffering one of the many Super Bowl bad beats. Yet that’s exactly what happened to those who backed Arizona in the first half.

Kurt Warner & Co. marched inside the Steelers’ five-yard line in the waning moments before halftime. This wager would’ve cashed if the Cardinals tallied a field goal or touchdown. The aforementioned push would’ve occurred even if there had been a missed field goal or a failed fourth-down conversion. Nevertheless, Steelers linebacker James Harrison jumped Warner’s pass, returning it 100 yards for a pick-six. Arizona’s first-half bettors were in tears, while the Steelers led by 10 points at the break.

2. Super Bowl 33: Broncos vs. Falcons (O/U 52.5)

This one would’ve taken the cake if not for the ensuing bad beat. The Broncos led 17-6 after three quarters. The ground-centric Falcons, paced by Jamal Anderson, had yet to find the end zone. The under was a wrap, right? RIGHT?

Not so fast. Denver produced two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the final frame, creating a 31-6 cushion. Then, Atlanta received some special teams variance, with Tim Dwight firing off a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Soon after, the Falcons’ Terance Mathis reeled in a garbage-time score, pushing the total over 52.5. It remains the second-largest fourth-quarter output in Super Bowl history.

1. Super Bowl 51: Falcons (+3) vs. Patriots

This ranking has a smidge of bias, considering I suffered this bad beat with Atlanta. Still, it’s justified.

The Falcons, which had now-49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator, held a 28-3 lead near the five-minute mark of the third quarter. Then, Brady happened once again. After a touchdown (with a missed extra point), a field goal, plus Danny Amendola’s six-yard score and James White’s two-point conversion, Atlanta was still positioned to ice the game!

Unfortunately, a sack and a holding penalty pushed Matt Ryan’s squad out of field goal range. Subsequently, White and Amendola reversed roles to send the game to overtime. Despite failing to lead until the final play, White’s walk-off touchdown in the extra session allowed New England bettors to cover miraculously.

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