It’s been quite the run over the past several years for New England in sports. The Patriots have won and been to numerous Super Bowls, the Boston Celtics had a period on top and look like they are close to getting back there again, and the Boston Red Sox have had by far their best period ever. Sunday night was another classic night for the region, as both the Patriots and the Red Sox got big wins which could propel each to title wins yet again.
But it could have been so different for the Red Sox. Already a game down, they took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. However, that wouldn’t last long as the Houston Astros got two of their own in the next inning on a George Springer double and then took a 4-2 lead at Fenway thanks to a home run. Luckily, they had the bats to battle back in the bottom of the inning to plate three on a double by Jackie Bradley, Jr. David Price hadn’t been at his best on the mound, but it ended up not mattering all that much due to the explosive offense the Sox boast. Two more runs would be scored by them to make it 7-4, with Mookie Betts scoring one and driving in the other. A Jose Altuve single scored Springer in the ninth, but the lone run only served to make it a little interesting. Boston has now leveled up the series at one game apiece as the series shifts to Houston on Tuesday.
The much-anticipated battle between the Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t disappoint on Sunday night, either. The two best teams, arguably mind you, in the league traded points all night long until finally Tom Brady and Bill Belichick won 43-40 on a last second field goal. The win is crucial. Not only does it improve them to 4-2 and bring the Chiefs to 5-1, but it also keeps them in the race for the #1 seed in the playoffs. Had the Chiefs, who have scored 27 or more points every game this season, won they would have been essentially four games ahead of the Pats for home-field advantage in the postseason. And it could be crucial because of how close this game was. Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes had four TD passes in the second half alone, showing just what they can do. It might just take home field, just like they had at Foxborough last night, to have a shot at beating them again when the chips are on the table.
Elsewhere in the NFL, Todd Gurley had a career day as he rushed for 208 yards in the LA Rams’ 28-20 win over the Broncos. The Ravens had a franchise-high 11 sacks of the Titans in a dominant 21-0 win as well. And finally, the Pittsburgh Steelers, still without running back Le’veon Bell, won a big game over rival Cincinnati 28-21 to show they aren’t out of the hunt just yet.