Being a bookmaker was not fun at the end of the San Francisco game on Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers. Each week of the playoffs book making sites like Bovada, know one game has to come through to give them a profit for the weekend.
This past weekend with the divisional playoff games, that game was the 49ers and Panthers, as San Francisco was laying just 2.5 on most books.
One reason much of the support from the public went in favor of a road team was the other three divisional playoff games were at -7 or higher for the favorites. Adding to that was that San Francisco also entered the game riding a seven game winning streak and had played better away from home at 7-1-1 ATS than at Candlestick.
Therefore, when the final whistle blew on a 23-10 win for San Francisco sites like topbet, betonline and others nearly fainted due to the number of payouts, which gave the public a huge victory in the second week of the postseason.
Most odds makers took sharp money early on Carolina, but the public’s combinations of teasers and parlays were too high to be offset by the sharp money. Many parlay and teaser bets had one common denominator spelled N-I-N-E-R-S.
Once again, teasers were the big headline for the books this past weekend, just as they were a week ago when the sides finished 7-1.
Things started bad right from the beginning and never got better. On Saturday, the UNDER cashed out between Seattle and New Orleans even though the total had been cut from 48.5 to 43.5 due to wind and rain in Seattle.
For the books, relief came when New England routed the Colts 43-22 as many had put money behind the Colts driving the number down to -7 from -9 by kickoff.
Saturday for most sports books in the NFL was a good day thanks to New England. However, as good as the New England win was for the books on Saturday it was short lived due to teasers and parlays that followed with San Francisco.
With the public hitting parlays and teasers right and left with the 49ers, the small win on Saturday was eaten alive on Sunday.
The books are thankful that the Broncos nor the OVER came through late on Sunday, as that would have been their worst nightmare with three to eight-team parlays ready to cash if that had taken place.
Now the sports books will limp into the Conference Championships on Sunday with the hope of a big win that will carry them over to the final game, the Super Bowl on February 2.