The Falcons and Rams are slipping all over the place in their Wild Card matchup in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The turf is in bad shape, and it’s looking worse minute by minute.
In the fourth quarter, Ryan was able to keep just enough footing to find Julio Jones for a touchdown to go up 26-13:
A new field was installed at the Coliseum after the college season wrapped up. Cris Collinsworth said on the broadcast that when a new field is put in, and with the humidity in the air, players’ cleats just can’t get any traction.
Demetrius Harris will be getting more time as Kelce is evaluated, and played in 16 games this season. He had 18 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown on the season.
Fast forward to June, though, and Durant delivered proof that he and the Warriors could meet in the middle. Golden State torched through the playoffs with its beautiful ball movement, as Durant and Stephen Curry formed a devastating one-two punch that opponents never solved. Ironically, though, the most memorable play of a five-game Finals victory over Cleveland was all Durant. Down two with less than a minute to play in Game 3, the four-time scoring champ claimed a defensive rebound and pushed the ball up the court by himself, hunting for a shot. With LeBron James back on his heels inside the three-point line, Durant stepped into a pull-up three from the left wing. The cold-blooded shot swished through, silencing the crowd and sending Golden State to a commanding 3-0 series lead. In the immediate aftermath, no one questioned his shot selection, and surely Green was “thrilled” with the win.
Durant’s three-pointer delivered validation in many forms. It proved that he hadn’t messed up the Warriors’ mojo. It proved that the so-called “Mr. Unreliable” could come through in the clutch. It proved that his decision to leave Oklahoma City would end with his first title, an achievement most observers expected (or demanded). And it proved that he could triumph head-to-head over James, whom he had spent most of the last decade chasing. The shot also begged a question that will define the NBA in 2018 and beyond: When will Durant surpass James as the sport’s top talent?
One of the top high school prospects in the country, Rosen committed to UCLA and started right away as a true freshman. He mostly lived up to the hype in his first year, making the Freshman All-American team and leading the Bruins to an 8-5 record.