The Bengals and Rams took much different routes to Super Bowl LVI

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THE CINCINNATI BENGALS AND THE LOS ANGELES RAMS

Everyone enjoys an excellent return, right?

If that holds true, everybody (beyond 2 particular fanbases) enjoyed the Conference Championships.

Let’s begin with the Bengals. I’ve constantly thought groups take the shape of their leaders, and Cincinnati definitely does that with Joe Burrow — a mix of scrappy, courageous, calm and difficult. The Bengals completed 4-11-1 in 2020. They had a great deal of work to do, beginning with Burrow himself coming off a torn ACL. Now, he’s the very first quarterback prepared No. 1 general to reach the Super Bowl within his very first 2 seasons, and the Bengals are the most not likely conference champ in the last 20 years.

Sunday, it was an exceptional protective effort that turned the tide.

  • The Cincinnati defense held Kansas City to simply 3 points in the 2nd half.
  • Still, when the Bengals lost the coin turn to begin overtime, it appeared like that Herculean effort would not suffice. Remember recently, when the Chiefs got the ball initially and won minutes later on? This time, criminally underrated security Jesse Bates batted a deep pass meant for Tyreek Hill into the arms of Vonn Bell.
  • A couple of plays later on, Evan McPherson nailed yet another basket, and the Bengals were commemorating.

A half-country away, the Rams created a remarkable return of their own. In the 4th quarter, Matthew Stafford discovered Cooper Kupp for a goal (his second of the video game), the defense — led by Aaron Donald and Von Miller — stepped up, and Matt Gay nailed the game-tying and game-winning basket.

These are the minutes Stafford wished for when he got traded to Los Angeles precisely one year prior, and he provided. Stafford’s fourth-quarter statistics:

  • 11-for-14
  • 121 backyards
  • 1 goal
  • 126.5 passer score

Two weeks earlier, Stafford lastly won his very first championship game. Now, he’s one video game from a title. Coming into this season, the Rams were all-in on a champion. The Bengals, on the other hand, were hoping Burrow would return healthy and they might continue developing around him long-lasting. Now, they’re fulfilling in the Super Bowl.

Is football amazing or what?

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And not such an excellent early morning for…


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PATRICK MAHOMES AND THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

“When you’re up 21-3 in a game, you can’t lose it, and I put that on myself.”

That was Patrick Mahomes speaking after the Chiefs’ stunning collapse. And he’s dead-on.

The Chiefs had lots of opportunities to put away the Bengals, however 3 protrude.

  • With 5 seconds left in the very first half, the Chiefs were 1 lawn from completion zone, currently up 21-10.
  • With no timeouts left, Patrick Mahomes tossed the ball to Tyreek Hill, who was stopped short of completion zone. Time went out. No goal. No basket. Nothing.

Later, after Cincinnati took a 24-21 lead with approximately 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Mahomes drove Kansas City into the redzone. This needed to be the one, right? Mahomes was going to lead another game-winning drive.

Wrong.

  • On 2nd-and-goal from the 4-yard line, Mahomes took a sack.
  • On 3rd-and-goal he then took another one — and fumbled — all the method back at the 24.
  • Lucky for Mahomes, Joe Thuney recuperated the loose ball, and Harrison Butker nailed the kick to go to overtime.

Then the Chiefs won the toss. Ok, this needed to be the one, right? Wrong. Mahomes went insufficient, insufficient and after that obstructed. He would never ever get the ball back.

The Bengals made their method to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs definitely assisted, too, however, composes our Dennis Dodd:

  • Dodd:  “A week after the Chiefs stretched 13 seconds into glory, this will be known as the face plant heard around Chiefs Kingdom. … Patrick Mahomes reached his first Super Bowl in 2019, his second season as a starter and third in the league. That seems so long ago, as does that 18-point first-half lead that was surely going to push the Chiefs into their third straight Super Bowl. Then the worst thing happened to the burgeoning superstar and the franchise he carries on his half-billion dollar back.”

Not so respectable reference

  • The United States guys’s nationwide group fell 2-0 at Canada. It was an uninspiring efficiency, as displayed in the gamer grades from our soccer professionals Chuck Booth and Roger Gonzalez. Wednesday’s match versus Honduras is now a near must-win.

When is Tom Brady in fact retiring? 🤔


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After 22 seasons, 7 Super Bowl wins, 5 Super Bowl MVPs, 3 MVPs, and many significant death records, Tom Brady is anticipated to call it a profession, per CBS Sports NFL expert Jason La Canfora.

BUT Brady has actually not yet made a statement, and Brady’s representative (Don Yee), daddy (Tom Brady Sr.) and coach (Bruce Arians) all stated there’s been no choice. However, that is anticipated to alter quickly, according to our La Canfora:

  • La Canfora: “‘He is very respectful of the game, and has great respect for the Tampa organization and all they have done for him,’ said one source close to the quarterback. ‘He understands the ramifications that this decision would have on the team moving forward, and he would never want to do anything to upstage the playoffs. Whatever he decides, I’d expect he announces it soon.‘”

It’s difficult to think of an NFL without Brady (I was 3 years of ages when he was prepared, so it’s truly hard for me.) Brady has actually invested half of his life in the league. He’s shared the field with daddies of existing gamers, consisting of that of his Tampa Bay colleague, Antoine Winfield Jr.

There are a lot of minutes to select from Brady’s amazing profession, and NFL specialist Cody Benjamin reviewed all 7 of his Super Bowl wins. For me, everything blends together. There is not a box he did not inspect. He won everything early, he won everything late, and after that he won everything even later on — behind any quarterback in NFL history.

You might have made a case ten years earlier, when Brady went a years in between champions, that his peak lagged him. Instead, he won 4 more titles. Quite merely, there will never ever be another Tom Brady — whenever he chooses to call it stops.

Raiders, Giants tab brand-new head coaches 🏈

Longtime Patriots offending planner Josh McDaniels is getting another chance at being an NFL head coach, this time with the RaidersMcDaniels’ endeavors into head training have not worked out.

  • He went simply 11-17 from 2009-10 with the Broncos, and was fired prior to finishing his 2nd season.
  • Then, in 2018, McDaniels accepted the Colts task however never ever coached for them due to the fact that he chose rather to go back to the Patriots.

Otherwise, McDaniels’ qualifications are rather strong. The Patriots’ offense was top-10 in points in 12 of McDaniels’ 13 seasons as offending planner, including this year with novice Mac Jones at quarterback.

Meanwhile, the Giants likewise picked an AFC East offending planner for their opening: Brain Daboll. Daboll worked marvels with Josh Allen and will wish to do the very same for Daniel Jones. Daboll was a finalist for the Dolphins’ task, and the Saints had actually intended to interview him, so this is a huge get for Big Blue.

Rafael Nadal, Ashleigh Barty make history at Australian Open 🎾


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Rafael Nadal understands a thing or 2 about resurgences. This one — or, rather, these ones — may be his finest yet. Nadal conquered a two-set deficit, topping Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to win the 2022 Australian Open. This one is unique for Nadal for lots of factors:

  • His 21st profession significant, breaking a tie with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer for many ever by a male
  • First return from 2 sets down given that 2007

But a two-set deficit is far from the greatest challenge Nadal conquered. He’d fought with a foot injury given that May 2021, and he had an advancement COVID-19 case in December 2021. In his post-match speech, Nadal confessed he didn’t understand if he would play professional tennis once again.

There was a feel-good story in females’s songs, too:  Ashleigh Barty ended up being the initially Australian to win the title given that 1978. Barty did not drop a single set all competition, topped off by a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Danielle Collins.

What we’re seeing Monday 📺

🏀 No. 9 Duke at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 No. 6 Indiana at No. 7 Michigan, 7 p.m. on ESPN2
🏀 Heat at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. on NBA TELEVISION



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