Posted on November 12, 2019, by Travis Pulver
The sportsbooks had reason to celebrate Sunday night with so many underdogs winning. But Monday night, no one partied quite as hard as fans of the Seattle Seahawks after their upset win over the previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers—except for one person.
This man or woman had $2 down on a nine-team parlay. With a win by the Seahawks Monday night, that $2 would become close to $21,000.
It is the ultimate dream for every gambler and person who has ever contemplated gambling. It was a bet with little risk (just $2) and a big reward ($21,000). Of course, the likelihood of it hitting as slim to none. According to Darren Rovell of The Action Network, who initially reported on the lucky gambler, the odds on his parlay were 10,493 to 1.
But it was just $2. So if it didn’t hit, no harm, no foul.
After watching the other eight legs hit on Sunday (Browns over Bills; Buccaneers over Cardinals; Falcons over Saints; Jets over Giants; Bears over Lions; Titans over Chiefs; Dolphins over Colts; Vikings over Cowboys) waiting for Monday night must have been excruciating.
Yes, the 49erswere favored. But Seattle was going to be their first real test of the season. When the 49ers got out to an early 10-0 lead, it must have looked like the dream was over. But, then in true Seahawks fashion, Seattle stormed back with 21-unanswered points featuring a fumble return for a touchdown by Jadeveon Clowney.
San Francisco was not about to go down without a fight, though. Early in the fourth quarter, DeForest Buckner got the 49ers defense in on the scoring fun with a 12-yard fumble return for a touchdown. With a two-point conversion, San Francisco pulled within three—which they got a few minutes later from Chase McLaughlin.
However, Seattle was able to tack on a 47-yard field goal of their own late in the quarter to take a 24-21 lead. But then it was Chase McLaughlin to the rescue again with one second left to tie the game up at 24-24 and send it to overtime.
Both teams had a shot at winning it in overtime. Seattle’s opportunity came on the opening drive of the period but came to an end when Dre Greenlaw intercepted Russell Wilson in the red zone. When he returned the pick to the San Francisco 49, it looked like the 49ers were set to steal back the win. But then McLaughlin’s kick went wide left.
At this point, it looked like the game was destined to end in a tie. Both defenses held firm on the net to drives, forcing three and outs. But when Russell Wilson got the ball back on the Seattle 36 with 1:25 to go, he knew he had a shot.
Seven plays later, Jason Meyers sent a 42-yard kick sailing through the uprights for the win.
Losing is never easy, but losing your first game so late in the season and in such a tough fashion is going to be challenging to get past. The 49ers will have to do so quickly, though. They have the Arizona Cardinals coming to town this Sunday.
The Cardinals were the first team to have a good shot at beating the 49ers, but San Francisco won that game, 28-2.
Seattle will get a week off before traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles.