I’ve been absorbed in the Australian Open for the last week, so I wasn’t really paying attention to football drama. Yesterday was “Championship Sunday,” where the teams are determined for the Super Bowl. We’ve got our Super Bowl matchup: New England Patriots versus the LA Rams. The Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs and the Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints yesterday. So you know what that means… Tom Brady is going back to the Super Bowl. It will be the NINTH appearance by Brady and Bill Belichick. Brady is now the oldest quarterback to ever start at a Super Bowl – he’s 41 years old!!
Tom Brady, already the oldest quarterback to ever start a Super Bowl, will be back for his ninth trip to America’s greatest sporting spectacle, as his New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-31, in a thrilling overtime AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Jared Goff, 24, became the youngest quarterback to win an NFC title game; he led the Los Angeles Rams to a controversial 26-23 overtime road victory over the New Orleans Saints. Once again, New England and Los Angeles will face off for a title: just a few months ago, the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. The Celtics and Lakers have met a dozen times in the NBA Finals.
East Coast versus West Coast, Boston versus LA, age and experience versus new blood and the future of the sport. I actually forgot that the Patriots did NOT win the Super Bowl last year – the Eagles beat the Pats. But Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls. So will this be his sixth? Or will the Rams take it? I’ll literally only watch for the messy AF halftime show, so whatever. Deflate them balls, do whatever it takes.
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