Super it wasn’t — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl.
The projected shootout with the Los Angeles Rams never developed. Then late in the game, Tom Brady led one classic drive capped by rookie Sony Michel’s two-yard run with seven minutes remaining to put New England up 10-3. A late field goal clinched the game 13-3, the lowest-scoring of the 53 Super Bowls.
In a season when all sorts of offensive records were set, this Super Bowl rewrote the defensive record book.
No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3 — even though these teams averaged just over 60 points a game.
When the Patriots needed a score, Brady, the oldest winning quarterback in a Super Bowl at 41, completed four straight passes, including a pair covering 47 yards to Rob Gronkowski. The second, on which the star tight end beat two defenders, ended at the Los Angeles two-yard line, the first time either team was inside the 20-yard line. Michel ran off left tackle for his sixth postseason touchdown.
With 4:17 left, All-Pro Stephon Gilmore picked off an ill-advised pass by Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who seemed overwhelmed by the big stage all night, at the New England two-yard line.
Stephen Gostkowski made a 41-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining, completing a 72-yard march that took more than three minutes off the clock and included 26-yard runs by Michel and Rex Burkhead.
It was a workmanlike conclusion for the Patriots (14-5), whose losses all came away from New England. They beat the top two offenses in the Chiefs and Rams (15-4) in the postseason and tied Pittsburgh for most Super Bowl titles.
The Patriots were terrific all game on defense, allowing the fewest points in a Super Bowl (tied with Dallas in 1972 against Miami).
The Rams who reached the NFL championship game with the aid of a major officiating error in the conference title victory at New Orleans, never really threatened to reach the end zone.
Steph Curry gifts 30 people who shaped his career custom kicks ahead of game 3
After nearly 50 seasons at Oracle Arena in East Oakland, Steph Curry and the Warriors are headed to the Bay Area next season in their new Chase Center home inside the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.
As a farewell to his Oakland crew, Curry gifted 30 individuals who he says helped shape his career with custom black-and-yellow, Under Armour sneakers, including the team’s security. The kind gesture was paired with a note attached from the NBA star.
“It’s been my pleasure to represent the town the last 10 years. Through the ups and downs, the city always had my back. The energy was electric night after night. The passion was unmatched. The support was unending. For years, you literally had my back. No matter how big and wild this crowd got, I knew with you around, I was good. I will always be grateful for you and every other person in the Bay who put on for Dub Nation. The arena might be moving, but a huge part of my heart will always stay in Oakland. Steph Curry.”
“It seems like everything we’ve put out this year, like ‘The Town’ colorways, has been a part of my story or something about Oakland,” Curry told The Undefeated. “It has the city of Oakland’s name across it. I was hoping for something iconic that could capture a moment as we wind down our last days at Oracle.”
Curry and the Warriors will host Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors tomorrow night (June 5) at Oracle Arena. Curry reportedly plans to wear the “Thank You, Oakland” footwear for the remainder of the series.
Tiger Woods captures Masters for fifth time
Under overcast skies, Tiger Woods, 43, shot a final round thirteen under par, 70 for the day, to capture his fifth Masters Championship, leaving him one short of tying Jack Nicklaus who holds the record.
Before walking off of the course, to fans chanting in unison “Tiger… Tiger” Woods had to emerge from a group of five co-leaders, which included Brooks Koepka, and Francesco Molinari; all once, tied at twelve under par.
Undaunted by the stellar play of his closest competition; Tiger Woods sank a short Birdie Putt on the Fifteenth hole, to move into sole possession of first place.
With a one-shot lead at thirteen under par, Tiger Woods went in for the kill; he muscled a beautiful tee-shot, and mouthed “come on” multiple times, as he tried to will the ball closer to the pin at the sixteenth hole; minutes later he sank another Birdie, to increase his lead, on his way to snagging this year’s Masters.
The last time the golf veteran won this major was in 2005; today’s vintage performance gives him the record for the longest gap (14 years) between victories at the eighty-three-year-old Masters Tournament; the Tiger still has teeth.
The Weeknd expands Business Portfolio with latest Esports Investment
The Weeknd has joined forces with esports under the OverActive Media group umbrella, which owns the Toronto Defiant of the Overwatch League.
The Toronto pop star reportedly now owns a stake in the group of investors including Michael Kimel, part-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and tech entrepreneur Sheldon Pollock. The Weeknd will also serve as global ambassador for the Canadian company.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming a global superstar like Abel to our investor family,” OverActive Media president and CEO Chris Overholt said in a statement Wednesday. “Abel’s standing in the music industry will provide our Toronto Defiant and Splyce brands the opportunity to reach more fans and engage new audiences.”
“As a big esports fan, I am really excited to be involved in this project,” The Weeknd said in a statement. “I am looking forward to collaborating with OverActive Media in unique and innovative ways.”
The sporting giant also owns teams in the League of Legends European Championship, Call of Duty World League, Rocket League, StarCraft, and Smite.
OverActive strongly believes the singer will become an integral part of the brand’s overall elevation in the near future.
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