By Brian O'Shea If Sunday’s Super Bowl needed a tie-breaker that could only solved by popularity in web search, the New England Patriots would win, based on data as of Saturday night.That would be a stupid way to settle the NFL championship. Nonetheless, search interest in the Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, as measured in Google Trends, offers an interesting perspective. First, the Rams’ search interest is primarily western United States. One notable exception, Louisiana, may actually be opposition research by grouchy Saints fans. (Louisiana was second behind California in search intensity. More about that in a minute.)The Patriots draw support, at least support of search traffic, from the Eastern U.S.The non-contiguous states are split, Hawaii preferring the Rams, Alaska favoring Patriots in web search interest. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 Stone Mountain closed, protesters go to Stone Mountain Village 2 … [Read more...] about If the Super Bowl were decided by web search, it would be another Patriots win
To Captain America, a Boston native, Tom Brady is the goat. To Paul Pierce, a fellow Boston sports legend, he’s an out of this world talent. To Gisele Bündchen, his wife, the Patriots quarterback is simply “my love.” Brady led New England to a 37-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Patriots advanced to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, where they will face the Los Angeles Rams as Brady tries to claim his sixth Lombardi Trophy. The 41-year-old’s athletic peers paid homage to him — and his teammates — in the aftermath of the win. So did plenty of celebrities with local ties, the mayor, and the president. Here’s a look at some of the reactions to the Patriots’ win: Close … [Read more...] about How Boston celebrities and athletes reacted to the Patriots’ win
There’s a lot at stake for the Patriots as they finish their regular season Sunday against the Jets at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots clinched the AFC East last Sunday with a win over the Bills, but their playoff seed is still in flux. They can be any of the top four AFC seeds by day’s end, and their fate depends not only on their own play, but the results of other games from around the league. The Globe’s Ben Volin broke down all possible playoff Patriots playoff scenarios in his Sunday Football Notes: “A Patriots win over the Jets most likely means the No. 2 seed, though they can grab No. 1 if the Chiefs and Chargers also both lose. A loss to the Jets would most likely land the Patriots in the No. 3 seed, but the Patriots have two doomsday scenarios in which they lose to the Jets and finish No. 4: If the Ravens and Texans also win, or the Texans lose, Ravens win, and Titans win.’’ Pregame scenes Inactives Patriots: James Ferentz, OL. Adrian … [Read more...] about Patriots vs Jets: Live updates and analysis
If the New England Patriots are able to handle the New York Jets Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium — and they will — they’ll officially secure the No. 2 seed in the AFC’s playoff picture and a first-round bye. But based on how the cards have fallen for this team recently, it probably makes more sense to expect them to nab the top seed. Despite back-to-back losses to the Dolphins and Steelers that figured to handicap their playoff positioning, the Chiefs, Texans, and Chargers have done everything in their powers to provide the Patriots the easiest path to the Super Bowl in Atlanta. So, Sunday’s slate of games should not only include a Patriots victory, but also a combination of the following: The Chiefs somehow lose to the lowly Oakland (rest in peace) Raiders at home. The Broncos handle the San Diego (I don’t care) Chargers at Mile High. There also are scenarios where the Pats can fall to the third or fourth seed as well, but fantasies are better … [Read more...] about What experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Jets game
COMMENTARY Tom Brady looks old. It’s an observation that gets overlooked in a hot take world of trying to determine when the ever-approaching cliff is coming to swallow up the quarterback’s career. It’s been a good half-decade of “Brady is finished” angles that have often come back to the slush pile after the Patriots quarterback is finishing up another NFL season in the Super Bowl. The race to declare Brady’s career “over” has, indeed, become a farcical pursuit. But he sure does look old. Brady was terrible last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, completing only 13 of his 24 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown as the Patriots rode their running game to a 24-12 win. He managed to toss two interceptions, finishing with a 48.3 passer rating. It was easily the worst game of his mediocre 2018 season. It was easily one of the worst games of his brilliant, Hall of Fame career. And yet, the win clinched a 10th-straight division title and has … [Read more...] about Can the Patriots win with Tom Brady playing the role of sidecar?