Also known as covering the spread, this term is used when the underdog in a given competition beats the anticipated point spread. The point spread is the number of points the favorite must win by in order for bets on the favorite to win.
By covering, beating the spread, or covering the spread, the underdog team may still have lost, but they got close enough so that the difference between their score and their opponent's is less than the point spread. For example, if the New York Giants are 14.5 point underdogs to the Green Bay Packers, the Giants need only to get within 14 points of the Packers in order for those who bet on the Giants to win their bets. If the Giants win the game it still counts as covering, and would result in a win for those who wagered on the Giants.