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Stat corrections, minor tweaks to sometimes seemingly insignificant plays that more accurately reflect what happened in a game, happen all the time in the NFL.
One out of Monday night's 24-10 Rams victory over the Bears is costing a bettor nearly $1 million.
According to ESPN, a Bears sack that was negated and turned into a tackle for loss cost Rob Huntze, a 41-year-old insurance agent in St. Louis, the $1 million, first-place prize in a DraftKings contest.
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"Heartbreaking on many levels," Huntze told ESPN.
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The play came late in the game, with 3:04 left to play, on a third-and-9. Jared Goff took a play-action snap and then rolled out to his left. Chicago defensive tackle Akiem Hicks was originally credited with the sack, but the official scorer later reversed the decision to make it a three-yard rushing loss because wide receivers were blocking down the field.
According to ESPN, the sack would've given Huntze the top prize, but the correction dropped him into an 18-way tie for sixth place, leaving him with a payout of $3,078.94, instead.
"It had to be a sack," Huntze said. "There's no other way to look at it."
The NFL disagrees.
"Plays such as this one are routinely discussed by the Stats Crew and updated accordingly," Michael Signora, NFL senior vice president of football and international communications, told ESPN in an email. "In this instance, because the play happened so close to the end of the game, it was reviewed by the Stats Crew and then updated prior to publishing the Game Summary, commonly referred to as the Game Book."
Huntze said that before the correction was made, after he thought he had won the first-place prize, he texted some family and friends and took his dog for a walk.
Upon returning, he said he wanted to soak it in again "just to see myself on top" and refreshed his screen. "And, then, boom."
Huntze told ESPN that, despite the massive letdown, he was planning on playing once again this coming week.
28. Giants (30): Daniel Jones' 80-yard run (faceplant?) gets filed right next to the Butt Fumble in NY quarterbacking lore. FWIW, Saquon Barkley's career-best run is 78 yards.
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27. Texans (27): No team has played a harder schedule, Houston's opponents sporting collective .659 winning percentage. But though they may be a valiant 1-6, will Texans get dismantled by trades while on their bye week?
25. Falcons (24): Will Arthur Blank interview Raheem Morris as his full-time head coach even though an 11-0 interim stint is now out of the question? Morris might need some momentum to carry him into the owner's office.
22. Chargers (22): The race for offensive rookie of the year currently features quite a pack ... but QB Justin Herbert looking like a breakaway candidate. No other rookie in the Super Bowl era has at least 250 passing yards in each of his first five starts.
21. Patriots (14): Time to start chiseling dynastic gravestone? Worst home loss under Bill Belichick. First three-game losing streak in 286 games. Tom Brady thriving in Tampa. Buffalo now up three games in AFC East win column. Grim.
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20. Broncos (21): Thorough performance Sunday, surrendering TDs on the ground, through the air, via turnover and special teams. When it snows, it snowballs.
1. Steelers (2): If there's such a thing as the USA TODAY Sports power rankings curse, welp. Pittsburgh is fourth different No. 1 in past four weeks ... and needs only win at Baltimore on Sunday (right after Halloween) to break hex.
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