Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/29/14
According to the San Jose Mercury News, when San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh decided not to accept a penalty that would have given his team a safety and another two points against the Seahawks this past Thursday night, it’s estimated that bettors lost around $75 million.
Harbaugh felt like if he accepted a safety and the Seahawkls had a chance to kickoff that they could execute an onside kick and have a better shot of winning.  By not accepting the safety and only taking the ball, they instead ran out the clock.
All I know is that I’m very happy that I don’t bet on any sporting events.  I’m not sure how I would have reacted after this past Thursday’s game.

  • To hell with the bettors. The teams are there to win games, not 'cover the spread'. Betting is Gambling. If you don't want to lose, then don't bet.
  • I Love comments by NON THINKERS . The fact is with the Safety and the two points from it the Niners would have been ahead by NINE. SO even if the seahawks were sucessfull with an onside kick and somehow made a touchdown and two point conversion in 43 seconds,THEY STILL WOULD HAVE BEEN LOSERS BY A POINT!! DO THE MATH
  • You're the Non Thinker. The fact is that with the safety the 49ers would have had to uselessly defend an onside kick and risk injury to their players. Fact if the Seahawks would have had recovered the onside kick they would have had to play defense and the 49ers would have had to risk injury to their defensive players and then with a fluke touchdown and another onside kick recovery all the Seahawks needed was a field goal to win the game, no two point conversion was needed. You obviously have no real working knowledge of the game of football, by taking the ball at the spot the 49ers took two kneel downs and won the game without having to risk injury to to their players, that's how Jim Harbaugh did the math. I also love comments by NON THINKERS like you.
  • Yeah and that's 43 seconds more your defense has to be on the field. Someone gets hurt on the kick return then we would be crying about that too. Bet on games all you want just stop crying about it.
  • Poor bettors! Maybe you should've bet the other way!??!

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