COMMENTARY Five takeaways from Super Bowl LIII, a 13-3 win over the Rams that gives the Patriots six championships since 2001, three in the past five seasons, and gives Boston cause for its 12th pro sports title parade in the past 17 years… BELICHICK GETS HIS REDEMPTION When he walked off the field 364 nights earlier, not wanting to watch the victor’s confetti fall on the other guys, Bill Belichick strode into uncharted territory. His team seemed to be in turmoil, with dissension at the highest level of the ranks, and maybe the greatest defensive mind in football history had just given up 40 points to a backup quarterback in the Super Bowl. Compounding that disappointment was the as-yet unexplained decision to bench cornerback Malcolm Butler. For the first time in this historic run, questions had arisen about whether Belichick had lost something. Lost the team, lost control of the operation, lost his step-ahead command of the game. Sunday night he answered every last doubt. … [Read more...] about 5 takeaways from the Patriots’ history-making Super Bowl win over the Rams
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Doug Ferguson Associated Press Published 8:23 PM EST Jan 27, 2019 San Diego — Justin Rose missed a short birdie putt that felt like another bogey. His three-shot lead was down to one through six holes of the Farmers Insurance Open, and the biggest battle was trying not to panic. That’s when he scratched a line on his scorecard after six holes, wanting to start his round from that moment forward. And he gave himself a pep talk. “You’re No. 1 for a reason. Just start playing like it, please,” he said. And he did. Rose followed with a perfect wedge to a right pin that led to birdie, the first of five birdies the rest of the way for a 3-under 69 and a two-shot victory Sunday over Adam Scott at Torrey Pines. It was his 10th straight year with a victory worldwide, including his gold medal from the 2016 Olympics, and his 10th career PGA Tour victory gave him the most of any player from England, breaking a tie with Nick Faldo. Rose finished at 21-under … [Read more...] about Sunday’s golf: Top-ranked Justin Rose claims victory at Torrey Pines
COMMENTARY Five takeaways from the Patriots’ 37-31 history-altering victory over the Chiefs, an instant classic that sends New England to its ninth Super Bowl in 18 seasons on the strength of its first road playoff win since January 2007 … Back where they belong Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Robert Kraft purchasing the Patriots from James Orthwein, a transaction that effectively saved pro football for New England. Before the ownership change the team appeared bound for St. Louis, but Kraft stepped in with an offer that was considered by many to be aggressive, and maybe even an overpay, given the state of the franchise at that time. The Patriots had won a total of 14 games over the four seasons before Kraft bought the team. It’s particularly remarkable, then, to think that Sunday marked the 14th time the Pats have played in the AFC championship game since then. And even more remarkable to realize that of the 25 conference titles contested over that span, … [Read more...] about 5 takeaways from the Patriots’ 37-31 history-altering victory over the Chiefs
We know a lot about Patrick Mahomes, budding superstar NFL quarterback. Just not as much as we will know, perhaps soon. We know he’s been downright awesome in his second NFL season and first as a starter, joining Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to throw 50 touchdown passes in a single season. We know he throws the best no-look pass since Larry Bird. We know he has a good nature, a great hairdo, and a voice like Kermit the Frog. We might even know that his dad, Pat, had a 6.85 ERA in two seasons as a Red Sox relief pitcher. Maybe he should have been a quarterback too. What we don’t know, as he prepares to take on Brady and the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, is whether he’s ready for this moment. He was very good in the Chiefs’ thumping of the Colts in the divisional round, but for the first time since Week 4 he did not throw a touchdown pass, and in fact it was just the third game this season that he did not throw multiple … [Read more...] about Where will Patrick Mahomes rank among the quarterbacks Tom Brady has faced in the AFC title game?
COMMENTARY Saturday’s AFC wild card game affirmed the belief of those Patriots fans who were hoping it would be the Texans coming to Foxborough next weekend, and those who said the surging Colts aren’t a six-seed to be cast aside from the list of contenders. It also meant Sunday’s AFC tilt would determine which club will head to Gillette Stadium for the divisional round — and it was the Chargers who earned that first crack at dethroning the conference’s reigning kings, Los Angeles surviving a late Ravens rally to secure a 23-17 victory and resuscitate what was a burgeoning rivalry way back in the first half of New England’s dynastic run. Here are five Patriot-centric takeaways from the Bolts’ ticket-punching triumph. LA’S PASS RUSH WREAKS HAVOC The dominant force in Sunday’s affair was the Chargers’ defense, specifically a front seven that so disrupted the Ravens’ aerial plans that through 50 minutes Baltimore had … [Read more...] about 5 Patriots-centric takeaways from Chargers-Ravens