Today, I was part of one of the most interesting NFL games that I’ve ever seen — the Snow Bowl in Philadelphia.
The weather report was hardly ominous. The weather pundits were calling for a “coating to an inch” of snow. Nobody was prepared for what was about to happen, that’s for sure.
At game time, there was so much snow swirling around Lincoln Financial Field that I could not see what was happening on the field and my seats are in the 8th row!
I turned to the guy who sits next to me, because I know that he likes to bet on football at William Hill, and said “there’s never been a game where the under is more guaranteed. Had I had a million dollars in my pocket, I would have put it down on the under for the game.
You see, earlier in the week, I had checked the odds and the over/under for the Lions at Eagles was the highest of any NFL game this weekend — 54! And, with Matthew Stafford and the red-hot Nick Foles starting at quarterback, it’s no wonder that 54 was what the experts were predicting.
The weather was so bad that both teams didn’t even try to kick extra points! Save for one attempt by the Lions in the second half which resulted in a block that the Eagles returned to the opposing end zone (apparently some NFL players don’t know that you can only do that for a score in the college game).
At the end of the first half, the Lions led 8-0 in a game that they were clearly dominant. My “under” prediction was clearly a lock.
That is until a new and different Philadelphia team came out for the second half. LeSean McCoy ran wild and between the tackles of a usually very stout Lions defense. McCoy juked his way to an all-time Eagles rushing record with 217 yards.
The Eagles, once trailing 14-0 with just 6 minutes left in the third quarter, scored 34 points in the final 20 minutes on their way to a 34-20 win. Had Brent Celek not taken an intentional slide on the Lions 10-yard-line with two minutes left in the game, the Eagles would have added another six (or eight) points on the board.
And, that sure thing on the under. At 34-20, it would have been a push at 54.
Maybe Celek knew something.