Players and fans weren’t the only ones celebrating the Tennessee Titan’s surprise win over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. Sportsbook operators were claiming one of the biggest victories of the year after the AFC Divisional Playoff game.
Several oddsmakers boasted on Twitter that Tennessee’s 28-12 upset over Baltimore gave them a six-figure win.
The Ravens had the highest opening line of any of the four NFL Divisional Playoff games at -10. Kansas City opened at 9.5, but closed with a 10-point spread against Houston. John Murray from The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook told The Action Network that the Tennessee upset was the “biggest single game win of the NFL season to date.”
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh came into this game as the second-most profitable coach after a bye week at 9-3 against the spread, according to Bet Labs. After the game, he was at a loss as to why the Ravens didn’t advance to the AFC Championship.
“I felt like this was the best football team that it could be this year,” Harbaugh said. “With the group that we had, we made the most of us, becoming the best football team we could be. We just weren’t that today, and that’s the disappointing thing.”
Tennessee Upset Matches 10-Year Mark
Coming into the game as a 10-point underdog, Tennessee scored the biggest playoff upset since 2010, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In that game, the Seattle Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints 41-36 as 10-point home underdogs.
Bettors flocked to sportsbooks to put money down on the No. 1 seed in the AFC. William Hill reported that 61 percent of the tickets on the game were for Baltimore. The money bet was even higher at 77 percent, the most of any of the four weekend games.
After the Tennessee upset on the road, sportsbook operators started proclaiming victory. The MGM Mirage sportsbook director, Jeff Stoneback, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal they won big, even with taking a loss on Sunday.
“It is probably best non-Super Bowl day we’ve had in football,” Stoneback said. “Overall the weekend was very good due to (Saturday). Lost a fair amount (on Sunday).”
Variety of Bets on Baltimore Sink Bettors
The biggest reported bet was a gambler who wagered $420,000 on Baltimore at the MGM sportsbooks. He was getting -115 on the spread bet, but got crushed.
It wasn’t just spread bets that killed gamblers on Saturday. The moneyline, teasers, and parlay cards all went down in flames after the Tennessee upset. One gambler at the South Point in Las Vegas plunked down $84,000 on Baltimore on the moneyline at -480. If the Ravens had won, he would have collected $17,500. Instead, he was one of many that went home disappointed.
CG Technology director of risk operations, Tony DiTommaso, told Covers.com that his sportsbooks saw a huge victory.
“Monster,” DiTommaso said. “Kills all parlays, teasers and moneyline parlays. Mid-six-figure win for CG books.”
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for bettors, however. One gambler at the South Point put $20,000 on the Titans on the moneyline and got +425 odds and won $85,000.