Dec 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Damien Williams (8) celebrates with tight end Jesper Horsted (center) and safety Deon Bush (right) after he tipped a punt against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Soldier Field. The Minnesota Vikings won 17-9. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

In a game filled with numerous questionable calls from referees and Matt Nagy’s playbook, the Minnesota Vikings relatively cruised to victory over the Chicago Bears, even if the final score made it seem like a closer game. However, the way we got to that final score had some big implications for certain bettors.

The Vikings led 17-3 with time ticking off the clock. Even though the outcome was a foregone conclusion, the Bears decided to try to save some face and go for a score on the final play. Justin Fields took the snap from the 19-yard-line and scrambled around as time expired, eventually finding Jesper Horsted for a touchdown.

Suddenly, the extra point was going to have major implications. While the line jumped around a bit all week, many of the sportsbooks had the Vikings as a seven-point favorite. That meant that if the Bears could kick the extra point or make a two-point conversation, they’d win that bet for anyone who took Bears +7.

However, that never happened, because the NFL changed the rule about extra points after the final play of the game so that if the point wouldn’t matter to the outcome, it doesn’t need to happen. And so, in spite of the touchdown, the Bears did not attempt an extra point and the game was over. So were those brief hopes for certain bettors. Congrats if you had the Vikings covering.

As if Bears fans needed more things to complain about after this game.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to