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Red Sox wish Patriots luck in Super Bowl LIII: 'Beat L.A. again'

Red Sox wish Patriots luck in Super Bowl LIII: 'Beat L.A. again'

For the second time in just a matter of months, Boston aims to emerge victorious in another championship vs Los Angeles.

The Red Sox, who beat the L.A. Dodgers in the World Series, started Super Bowl Sunday off with the perfect "Beat L.A." tweet:

Sox manager Alex Cora followed suit:

World Series MVP Steve Pearce and postseason hero David Price chimed in with "Beat L.A. again" messages:

https://twitter.com/Late25Lightning/status/1092143802922479616

And of course, Big Papi had a message:

Cora said Saturday he wouldn't mind flying to Atlanta to give the Patriots a pep talk before the game, but it looks like he had to settle for Twitter. Either way, Cora and the Red Sox once again will be rooting hard for a championship victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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Crazy stat reveals how unlikely Josh Gordon's sideline catch vs. Jets was

Crazy stat reveals how unlikely Josh Gordon's sideline catch vs. Jets was

Josh Gordon's skills as a receiver are unquestioned. He's been a Pro Bowler and he has a career average of over 17 yards per catch.

On Sunday afternoon against the Jets, those skills were on full display as he skied over Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts to make a phenomenal 28-yard reception on third and 22. Gordon somehow got both feet inbounds to set up a first-and-goal, and a Patriots touchdown just three plays later.

Watching it in real time — and again in slow motion — the grab was highly improbable. Now we know exactly how unlikely it was.

According to NFL's Next Gen Stats, the play had only a 15.8 percent chance of resulting in a completion. That's the third-lowest completion probability of any completed pass so far this season.

Making the catch even harder? Gordon had injured his hand earlier in the game when trying to block New York's Trumaine Johnson — and that's after going to the blue medical tent earlier in the game after a hard fall.

No wonder Phillip Dorsett called him a "warrior" after the game. 

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Tom E. Curran's Patriots-Jets Preview/Review: New England didn't dominate

Tom E. Curran's Patriots-Jets Preview/Review: New England didn't dominate

While the Patriots defense once again dominated for a fourth straight game, dating back to last season's Super Bowl, Sunday's win over the Jets wasn't as overwhelming as it could have been.

Though New England jumped on top early and raced out to a 30-0 lead, the offense stalled in the second half thanks in part to injuries and absences. Meanwhile, the Pats allowed defensive and special teams touchdowns to ruin a bid for a second straight shutout.

So what did Tom E. Curran get right about Sunday's game? And which predictions failed?

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