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If you weren't betting on the Denver Broncos-New York Jets game last Sunday, then the matchup's late fourth quarter appeared nothing more than a garbage-time showdown to most of the world. But for those bettors who had money down on the second half over, it was the biggest play of the game. 


On the final play, with the Broncos trailing 34-16, Denver ran a slant route inside the five-yard line that was picked off in the end zone by Jets safety Marcus Maye. 


The second half over was set for 21 points and, prior to that final play, the total was up to 19. If you bet the over, you had to think this one was all locked up. You're about to score a garbage-time touchdown and that's it!


Then, boom, the interception happens and you think it's all over. All of a sudden Maye brings it out of the end zone and he has some light! You, for a brief moment, are alive again. The return looked like it was all happening in slow motion, never knowing if he's actually going to bring it all the way to the house. 

Would the over actually still hit? Just as Maye is running it back the final stretch and completely out of gas, the last Broncos player visible on the screen makes the tackle inches short of the end zone and the game ends. 

​​It was the longest interception return in Jets history without scoring a touchdown, 104 yards when it was all said and done. The game ends at 34-16 and the over doesn't hit, after being a single yard away, two separate times on the same play. Man, sports are wild.


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