One Paddy punter from Tipperary was bleary eyed but buzzing on Friday morning after he was forced to wait until the final play to see a stunning 175/1 Bet Builder land in Thursday night’s Jaguars @ Bengals match up. Finishing well after 3am on Friday morning, it was worth the wait as Evan McPherson’s winning field goal with the final kick saw him turn €20 into €3,500.
There were some smart punts and it wasn’t all last-gasp as the Trevor Lawrence Over 16.5 Rushing Yards clicked half-way through the second quarter. Two plays later the second leg was in the bag as that man Lawrence got his Anytime Touch Down. Easy this Bet Builder malarkey, right?
Well, yes – for now at least – as the next leg was also into the end zone just after half time. At the start of the 3rd quarter, Joe Burrow found C.J. Uzomah with a 22 yard pass for the Bengals’ first touchdown of the night. That meant our punter’s Uzomah Anytime Touch Down was home and hosed.
So, to the final leg and well into squeaky-bum time. Under 45.5 Total Points was the final fling and this Paddy punter had a full nine minutes to sweat on as Uzomah went over to tie it up at 21-21. Anything more than a field goal would mean Over 45.5 points and a busted flush.
The Jags were on the drive but couldn’t get 3rd and 4 on the halfway line. They were forced to punt with the Bengals resuming the action on their own 10 approaching five minutes to go. With the Bengals on half-way at the two-minute warning this one was well in the balance.
An offensive penalty made it harder for the visitors but Uzomah pulled a rabbit out of the hat to get them close to the 30 from 2nd and 14 but the Jags’ D stood firm as the clock ticked down and it was left to McPherson’s successful 35 yard field goal on the button to win it for the Bengals and ensure our punter just made it home with half a point to spare.
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