US Sports Roundup: Patriots march on, Lakers lose, Fall Classic confirmed
Matthew Crist looks back at all the major talking points from an eventful weekend of NFL, NBA and MLB action...
"Lebron James scored 24 points on his debut for the Lakers, but Paul, Ingram and Rajon Rondo were all ejected after trading blows late in the Rockets' 124-115 win Saturday night in one of the stories of the weekend."
Pats survive late rally to win in Chicago
Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes as New England survived a late Bears' Hail Mary attempt which fell agonizingly short in the dying seconds at Soldier Field on Sunday. Brady completed 25 of 36 passes for 277 yards with two touchdown passes to James White and one to Julian Edelman with one interception.
New England also added two special teams touchdowns thanks to a 95-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson and a 29-yard blocked punt return by Kyle Van Noy to go to 5-2; a record which sees them priced at [2.96] for the AFC Conference.
Panthers comeback stuns Philadelphia
Cam Newton's 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 1:22 on the clock ensured the Carolina Panthers completed their biggest comeback in franchise history to defeat the host Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 on Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers (4-2) and [3.5] for the NFC South were behind for the first three-quarters before scoring three touchdowns in a nine minute spell after punting on all their other possessions to overturn a 17-0 deficit having never previously overcome more than a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
More late heartbreak for the Browns
After missing a chance to win the game in regulation Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 59-yard field goal with 1:50 left in overtime to lift Tampa Bay above visiting Cleveland who were playing in their fourth overtime game of the season.
The win sees the Buccaneers (3-3) rated at [2.42] to clinch the NFC Conference despite committing four turnovers and allowing a safety as they let the Browns back into the game with 14 unanswered points in the fourth-quarter.
Meanwhile, UK based NFL fans were treated to a thriller as Los Angeles survived a late rally from Tennessee to claim a narrow win at Wembley. The victory was their fourth straight win and also confirmed the third straight loss for the Titans; but it could have been so different for the (5-2) Chargers as, with seconds remaining, Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel elected to go for a failed two-point conversion rather than the PAT which would have tied the game.
Lebron's home debut defeat
Lebron James scored 24 points on his debut for the Lakers, but Paul, Ingram and Rajon Rondo were all ejected after trading blows late in the Rockets' 124-115 win Saturday night in one of the stories of the weekend.
At [9.8] Los Angeles are a decent outside bet for the Western Conference and one defeat will do little to change that but for many this game will be remembered for the unsavoury scenes which broke out with 4:13 on the clock when Ingram shoved Harden and then confronted referee Jason Phillips after getting a technical foul.
"What happened was unacceptable. It shouldn't have happened," Houston's Carmelo Anthony said after the game while the mass-brawl could result in both teams losing key players due to suspensions.
Meanwhile in New York Jayson Tatum had 24 points and 14 rebounds, as the Boston Celtics, the favourites for the Eastern Conference at [1.94] struck with just 1.9 seconds left to beat the New York Knicks, 103-101, in a thriller on Saturday night while the Golden State Warriors [1.71]favourites for the NBA Championship suffered their first defeat of the season to Denver on Sunday, who themselves have three wins on the bounce.
Dodgers and Red Sox Advance to Fall Classic
The Los Angeles Dodgers set up a World Series with the Boston Red Sox after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in their National League Championship decider on Saturday night as Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger hit home runs to seal an overall 4-3 victory.
The Dodgers, aiming for their first Fall Classic win since 1988 are currently [2.52] for the World Series having gone 92-71 in the regular season.
The Red Sox, who boasted a regular season record of 108-54, had secured their place in the World series with a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night and since breaking an 88-year curse with victory in 2004, Boston has added titles in 2007 and 2013, and are slight favourites at [1.63] to win the World Series again this year.