WASHINGTON — As the Mason Crosby kick sailed through the uprights on Sunday evening, many Redskins fans across the D.C. region toasted the latest postseason failure from the archrival Dallas Cowboys.
But in Dallas, Las Vegas, Houston and New York, the mood was far more somber.
Dallas is obvious: it might be America’s team, but the Cowboys have unparalleled popularity in the city that the team calls home.
Las Vegas mourned a rough weekend, as sportsbooks across Sin City took a bath on the Packers’ upset road victory. It also crushed one of the favorite Super Bowl matchups of New England vs. Dallas. Now, the most popular matchup for sportsbook Bovada is Patriots vs. Falcons (+125), followed by Patriots vs. Packers (+250), Steelers vs. Falcons (+375), and Steelers vs. Packers (+550).
In Houston, the host city for Super Bowl LI, hopes of having a Texas team in the big game were also squashed, one day after the Texans were similarly bounced. This likely the limits the number of fans who travel to the city just to witness the spectacle, even if they don’t pay to see the game in person.
In New York, the financial impact on Super Bowl ticket sales was also felt strongly. Before the game, the cheapest ticket on StubHub was nearly $4,200. Once Dallas was eliminated, the cheapest ticket fell nearly one grand to $3,350.
Fortunately for Houston and New York, three of the remaining teams sport large, national fan bases (Pittsburgh, Green Bay and New England). The fourth team, considered a favorite in the NFC Championship, has not been to the Super Bowl since 1998, when they beat these Packers to advance to the game.
So while Redskins fans may have enjoyed the Cowboys’ collapse, the rest of the NFL is playing catch up to keep the money flowing.