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.

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.

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