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Sports Report: NFL stat correction in Bears-Rams game costs bettor nearly $1 million

20:55  28 october  2020
20:55  28 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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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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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.

a football player holding a bat on a baseball field: Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks (96) pressures Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff. © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks (96) pressures Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

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.

"I want a little redemption story," Huntze said.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Report: NFL stat correction in Bears-Rams game costs bettor nearly $1 million

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