The New England Patriots Dynasty Began 18 Years Ago Today

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Adam Vinatieri kicked the game-winning field goal in Super Bowl 36, which sparked the beginning of the New England Patriots dynasty. (PHOTO COURTESY: NBC Sports Boston)

By Matt Noonan 

It was 18 years ago on this exact date when the New England Patriots dynasty began with a dramatic 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams, who are now the Los Angeles Rams.

Adam Vinatieri secured the win with a 48-yard field as time expired, which ignited a celebration by both the players and coaches, as well as the organization’s fanbase that had watched their beloved Patriots lose to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in two previous ‘big games.’

New England, which was a heavy underdog to the Rams, secured a 14-3 lead at the break, thanks to a 47-yard pick-six by Ty Law and an eight-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to David Patten.

Vinatieri extended New England’s lead late in the third quarter with a 37-yard field goal before St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner guided the Rams on a pair of touchdown drives in the final session to tie the game at 17-17 with 1:30 remaining.

On the ensuing possession and game’s final drive, the Patriots drove 53-yards in 1:14 to set-up Vinatieri for his game-winning field.

Before Vinatieri helped the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl 36, he booted a pair of field goals against the Oakland Raiders in the 2001 AFC Division Round, which took place at snowy Foxboro Stadium. Vinatieri’s first kick sent the game to overtime, while his final boot secured the Patriots a spot in the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New England concluded the 2001 season with a 14-5 record – they won 11 regular-season games, including Brady’s first-ever start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 30th, 2001.

Two years after the Patriots beat the Rams, they topped the Carolina Panthers in 2004 before beating the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. New England would win three more Super Bowls years later in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, January 30th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s Thursday, which means we are ONE more day closer to a brand new weekend – woo!

It is rather chilly outside this morning – where did this cold weather come from? – so make sure to bundle up when heading to the mailbox or local Starbucks.

Alright, enough rambling about the weather. Here is today’s Daily Noontime from your friends at Noontime Nation. Have a great day!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • No local team was in action last night, but the Boston Celtics are back on Causeway Street this evening as they host the Golden State Warriors at 8 p.m.
  • Boston is still in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-15 record, while the Warriors of Golden State are in last place in the Western Conference.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Penn National Gaming acquired a 36% interest in Barstool Sports yesterday, as confirmed by multiple reports. The Pennsylvania company plans to “increase its ownership stake in Barstool Sports to approximately 50% after three years and additional investment.” (WCVB.com)
  • As noted in the Business Insider, Penn National Gaming and Barstool Sports are planning to launch sportsbooks in its retail casinos in the coming months while launching a betting app in August. (BusinessInsider.com)

  • It seems like the Boston Red Sox will trade right fielder Mookie Betts before the 2020 season, which should benefit their rival the New York Yankees(NJ.com)
  • San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters yesterday that all players, including those that have sustained injuries over the past few weeks, will be good to go for Sunday. (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? Perhaps with the Chicago Bears or Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Maybe the Carolina Panthers? (Boston.com)

  • Jimmy Garoppolo has nothing, but kind words for Tom Brady – he even called his former teammate “a great dude.” (NESN.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Reggie Wayne has some thoughts on Tom Brady playing for the Indianapolis Colts

Brady Wins His Sixth Super Bowl As New England Tops L.A. In Super Bowl LIII

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Tom Brady has now won six Super Bowl championships. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patriotswire.USAToday.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Tom Brady will be adding an additional ring to his championship collection, thanks to a hard-fought 13-3 win this evening by the New England Patriots over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Brady, who became the first-ever NFL quarterback to win six Super Bowls, engineered a key five-play, 69-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter, which was capped by a two-yard plunge by Sony Michel to provide the Patriots with a 10-3 advantage.

The Rams attempted to answer on the ensuing possession but saw quarterback Jared Goff‘s pass down intercepted by Stephon Gilmore. Nine plays later, the Patriots sealed the win with a 41-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, who concluded the contest with a pair of field goals (his second attempt in the second quarter provided the Patriots with a 3-0 lead).

Los Angles did have a chance to slice the deficit on the game’s final drive, but Greg Zuerlein‘s second field goal sailed wide left.

The win – New England’s sixth Super Bowl since winning its initial crown 17 years earlier – ties the Pittsburgh Steelers with the most championships won in the Super Bowl era. The Patriots captured their first championship 17 years ago on this exact date when they defeated the Rams, 20-17, thanks to a game-winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

Neither team was able to produce points until New England’s fourth drive when Gostkowski capped a seven-play, 39-yard drive with a 42-yard field goal.

Los Angeles had a chance to even the score before halftime, but all three of its final series ended with a punt.

Extra, Extra

  • In the Brady-Bill Belichick era, the Patriots are now 3-2 in Super Bowls when leading at the break. The Patriots are 2-0 when tied at the break (won in 2004 and 2014), and 1-1 when trailing (won in 2016, lost in 2017).
  • Los Angeles is now 0-2 in Super Bowl era with their initial loss coming in 1980 against the Steelers.
  • Los Angles hasn’t won a championship in football since defeating the Cleveland Browns in the 1951 NFL Championship.
  • As an organization, the Rams are 1-2 in the Super Bowl with their lone win coming in 1999 when they defeated the Tennesse Titans, 23-16. The win over the Titans occurred in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • As an organization, the Rams are 1-1 when competing in Super Bowls in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • LA was held to a season-low three points – they scored just six points two months ago when they lost to the Chicago Bears, 15-6.
  • The last team to hold the Rams to just three points in a game was the Seattle Seahawks on December 15, 2016.
  • Sony Michel led all rushers with 94 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown, while Todd Gurley was held to just 35 yards on 10 carries (3.5 yards per carry).
  • Julian Edelman hauled in a game-high 10 receptions for 141 yards, while Brandin Cooks led the Rams with eight catches for 120 yards.
  • New England’s defense recorded four sacks, while the Rams recorded just one sack.

Stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today! 

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, May 3rd

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The legend of Isaiah Thomas continues to grow as he led Boston to a second-straight win last night over Washington in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. (PHOTO CREDIT: CBSSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

It’s Wednesday … WAHOO!

And if you watched the Boston Celtics-Washington Wizards game last night then you’re SO pumped up for today, right?

I know we are – what a game!

Any who, while we rejoice in an amazing win last night by the Celtics, let’s dish out today’s Daily Noontime!

After netting an impressive 53 points last night, Boston’s Isaiah Thomas was profiled by the Bleacher Report, who claims his legend continues to grow. Good read via Yaron Weitzman.  

Sticking with the Celtics-Wizards theme, Mass Live’s Jay King writes about Washington head coach Scott Brooks, who apparently wants Boston’s defenders to stop nagging Bradley Beal. That’s a weird comment! 

In case you didn’t stay up super later – I mean, it is a weeknight – then get caught up on five things (or five takeaways) from Golden State-Utah. The Warriors won their first game of the series by a score of 106-94. 

Per the Big Lead, Jason McIntyre writes why he believes the Chicago Bears maybe the new Cleveland Browns. Interesting comparison! 

It’s another BIG evening of NBA Playoffs – who wins their respective game two? Toronto or San Antonio? SB Nation has a thought or two. 

Wacky Wednesday: In honor of our initial ‘Wacky Wednesday’ here is a bizarre and strange story for you. As noted in various publications, including the SF Gate, American Airlines will be decreasing legroom in their economy class.

Note to readers: do not fly American Airlines economy class if you want more legroom! 

Video of the Day: If you’re looking for a good laugh about La La Land, then you’ll enjoy this trending YouTube video! 

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Have a great day and be cool, too! And nice to everyone, too! 

Randy Moss Prepares To Return To The NFL In 2012

Where will Randy Moss end up in 2012? (Photo Credit: MLive.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Monday happens to be Randy Moss’s birthday, and according to sources, the former New England Patriots wide receiver is interested in returning to the gridiron in September.

However, don’t expect the birthday boy’s wish to open the gates at Gillette Stadium, especially because Bill Belichick or Tom Brady have moved on since his departure in October of 2010.

Moss played three seasons in New England before being traded to Minnesota. He played four games with the Vikings, and then was released and acquired by Tennessee.

In 2011, the highly touted wide out sat out due to family reasons, but now is determined to make a comeback, and play professional football, again.

So, with all this in mind, here are a few thoughts on what teams should acquire Moss for the upcoming season.

Buffalo BillsThe Bills have roughly $36 million to spend, so acquiring Moss could certainly help their passing attack, as well as open up running lanes for running back Fred Jackson.

New England Patriots Moss left a sour taste in the mouth of owner Robert Kraft, as well as many Patriot fans because of his postgame rant about his contract in September of 2010. So, I highly doubt that he returns, but knowing Belichick, anything is possible.

Kansas City ChiefsAfter the way things ended in December and January of this past season, I strongly believe that Kansas City is on the rebound, and adding Moss could help quarterback Kyle Orton. It’s been a while since the Chiefs had a top-notched receiver, and certainly he’s someone, despite being 35-years-old, who could help Kansas City compete in a rather weak AFC West division.

Chicago BearsHe’s played a majority of his career against this particular squad, and clearly, the Bears need someone to help quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears receiving core isn’t exactly the greatest in the NFL, so again, adding Moss could definitely help Johnny Knox and Devin Hester, as well as the running game.

The NFC West Division All four teams, (Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams) have money to spend, and could use a receiver like Moss. The 49ers would probably be ideal for him, but so would the Cardinals. If he lands a job with Arizona, it would most likely help their quarterback find more options.