Super Bowl LVI is in the books and people on both sides of the counter are taking stock in how the night went. There are thousands of prop bets out there and some of the more popular ones failed to come through. There were also a lot of surprises.
Here are some interesting or popular prop bets and the outcomes:
Cooper Kupp Wins MVP (+ 600)
Kupp was the third most popular player for the MVP Award at DraftKings, topped only by Aaron Donald and Joe Burrow. Kupp was also the most bet First Touchdown Scorer of the game, an achievement that went to Odell Beckham Jr., but Kupp was -190 in the Anytime TD market and he scored two of them en route to being just the second wide receiver in the last decade to win MVP. Kupp’s Anytime TD prop was the single highest bet prop at DraftKings.
Interestingly, Kupp stayed under his yardage total of 103.5, a bet that garnered 85% of the bets and 90% of the handle on that particular offering. He also stayed under his receptions prop (8.5) with eight catches. It is crazy think Kupp could win MVP with pretty pedestrian numbers, but it happened.
Odell Beckham Jr. First TD Scorer (+ 900)
Beckham was the second-most popular player for first touchdown. His 17-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter capped off a 50-yard scoring drive for the Rams. He was also the second-most popular player in the Anytime TD market.
Unfortunately, Beckham only had one other catch for 35 yards before leaving the game with a non-contact knee injury. His over/under receiving yards prop was 64.5, so he was well on his way and we’ll consider that a bad beat.
Matthew Stafford Rushing Yards (Over 5.5)
What a sweat this was. Stafford had three carries for six yards, with a long of seven. The Bengals opted not to use their final timeout and force Stafford to kneel one more time. Had they called timeout, Stafford would have gone under. Because they didn’t, he narrowly went over.
Stafford fell three yards short of his over/under passing yards (285.5) prop, despite a big final drive that led to the game-winning touchdown.
Evan McPherson Over 1.5 Field Goals (-150)
McPherson was a really popular player in the prop market. He was even getting a lot of love for the MVP as the fifth-most popular option at DK by both handle and percentage of bets, even though kickers were 0-for-55 going into the game. McPherson did kick two field goals to make bettors happy, as his over came through with a 38-yard kick to give the Bengals a 20-13 lead early in the third quarter.
Longest Touchdown Over 47.5 Yards (-115) / Shortest Touchdown Under 1.5 Yards (-115)
The longest and the shortest touchdown props both cashed in the game. Tee Higgins caught a controversial 75-yard bomb to open up the second half, as he got away with a facemask on Jalen Ramsey.
The shortest touchdown was the game winner, as Kupp and Stafford connected for the second time in the game from one yard out with 1:25 left to play.
Joe Burrow Under 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (+ 160)
This over was a popular one, but did not cash, as Burrow’s lone touchdown toss was the one where Higgins got away with the facemask on Ramsey. Cincinnati’s other passing touchdown will be addressed in a minute. Burrow only threw for 263 yards, so he came up short on his passing yards prop and 75 of the yards came on one play.
Burrow was also sacked seven times, so just about any sack prop for the Rams cashed, as Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Leonard Floyd all had full sacks. Rams total sacks was the eighth-most popular prop at DraftKings.
Joe Mixon Over 3.5 Receptions (-115)
Mixon’s receptions prop was pretty popular, but the manner in which it cashed is the big story. Mixon had five catches…for one yard. His longest reception was four yards, but he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage on most of his grabs. Imagine being told that Mixon would have one receiving yard and this prop would still cash.
Opening Kickoff Not a Touchback (-110)
This line started out well up into plus money, but took so much on the ‘No’ that the line kept going down and down and down. The opening kickoff had been a touchback in 26 of the last 28 Super Bowls, but McPherson hammered the ball into the end zone for one of 11 touchbacks in the game. There was only one kick return.
Over 2.5 Players with a Pass Attempt; Non-QB To Throw a Touchdown (+ 1300)
I’ve saved the best for last. Joe Mixon threw a touchdown pass for the Bengals in the second quarter to cash a couple of juicy plus-money props. A non-QB to throw a TD pass was 13/1 as Mixon found Higgins in the back of the end zone.
About the only thing Kupp did wrong in the Super Bowl was overthrow Stafford on a gadget play for the Rams. There were actually four players with a pass attempt, so that one flew over with room to spare.