Patriots Capture Super Bowl in Low-Scoring Affair, Celtics Outlast Thunder, Fowler Holds On

Jonathan Grant | February 4th, 2019

It’s not a huge surprise when the New England Patriots get to or win a Super Bowl anymore. However, the manner in which they did it this time around has to be talked about. Unlike previous attempts, this was a championship won based on power. It hearkened back to the days of old with a smash mouth brand of football on both sides of the ball. We had seen hints of it in the last two rounds, and that carried over against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII as they won 13-3 in what ended up being the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever. Through the first half, only Stephen Gostkowski had scored, giving the Pats a 3-0 lead. Greg Zuerlein finally got the Rams on the board in the third to even it up. Midway through the fourth, a touchdown was scored by Sonny Michel to give the Pats a 10-3 lead. They would not look back from there. After being intercepted, the tired and helpless Rams defense was charged back down the field so that Gostkowski could make it 13-3 and all but seal it. Both defenses were incredible, but the Patriots’ time of possession and the ground and pound style eventually wore down the Rams. Julian Edelman won the MVP award for the game after making ten catches for 141 yards. Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl, the first to ever do so, after throwing for 262 yards on 21-35 passing in Atlanta. He had an early pick, but it didn’t hurt the team. First time Super Bowl QB Jared Goff struggled for the Rams, completing just half of his 38 passes for 229 yards and an INT.

cdn-s3.si.com

There was more to celebrate in the Boston area on Sunday as the Boston Celtics also won, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder at the TD Garden 134-129 in a thrilling contest. Kyrie Irving scored 30 points and added 11 assists as he did enough to make sure Paul George’s 37 and Russell Westbrook’s triple-double didn’t count for too much in the end. The Celtics victory meant that they ended a run of seven wins in a row by the Thunder. The game was wrapped up when Irving made a steal with eight seconds to go, leading to Jayson Tatum icing the game from the line.

The Phoenix Open is known for beautiful, warm, and sunny days. That was not the case on Sunday when the PGA Tour rolled into town for the fourth and final round of the week. Rickie Fowler had a big lead, and he was looking to exorcise demons from his past as he had failed before to win after leading at the venue. With the course playing extra long and tough due to rainy conditions, Fowler once again made it difficult on himself, carding a double bogey on the front nine and a triple bogey on the back. He, however, somehow composed himself and went on to win by two strokes at -17. The lowest round shot all day was a -3, showing just how much the course had changed thanks to the weather.

Next Article
  • Commanding 3-1 Leads Taken as Boston Advances

    The Boston Celtics have clinched a spot in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, becoming the first team to do so after a 4-0 rout in the series. Sunday made it official as they held on to win 110-106 in Indy to finish off the Pacers. Gordon Hayward had a big day on his...

    Read More
  • Judge on the DL

    Toronto got a dominant 107-85 win over the Magic in Orlando, which will set up the Raptors for a chance to seal a playoff series victory in Canada. The second and fourth quarters couldn’t have been much worse for the hosts, and that’s where it all went wrong, with the ball suddenly just not being...

    Read More
  • Laureano’s Wonder Play

    It’s more bad news for the New York Yankees. Yet another player has gone down, and this time it’s not just another guy. It’s Aaron Judge. Judge became the 13th Yankee to make the injured list currently, and what makes matters worse is that he will not be back after straining an oblique. He joins...

    Read More
  • Rockets and Bucks One Win Away

    After Saturday’s action in the NBA Playoffs, we are very close to knowing two teams that will be headed to the second round. One of them is the Eastern Conference’s #1 seed, the Milwaukee Bucks, who now have a 3-0 series lead over the Detroit Pistons after a 119-103 win. And they did it on...

    Read More
  • Pujols Passes Ruth

    Albert Pujols did something very get to ever do on Saturday. That being to pass Babe Ruth on a list. Not just any list, either. This was the all-time RBIs list. Pujols now has 1,993 of them next to his name after he hit a solo shot in the ninth inning of the Los Angeles...

    Read More
  • Ronaldo Makes History

    Cristiano Ronaldo also made history of his own on Saturday when his Juventus team won the Italian Serie A League title in a 2-1 win over Fiorentina. The Portuguese striker, in doing so, has become the first player to win Serie A, Spain’s La Liga, and England’s Premier League as a player. It is a...

    Read More
  • OKC Keep Hopes Alive

    The Oklahoma City Thunder came into Friday night’s home game with the Portland Trail Blazers down 2-0 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs knowing that they had to have a win. And they got in the end, riding Russell Westbrook to a 120-108 victory. Westbrook had previously said his play in Game 2,...

    Read More
  • Boston One Win Away

    The Toronto Raptors don’t often make the playoffs easy, and that kept up on Friday night in Orlando as they took a 2-1 series lead over the Magic. The final score ended up being 98-93, with the visitors holding off a rally from the hosts. Pascal Siakam continued his exquisite performance with a 30-point showing...

    Read More