Parents Podcast Episode 7: Patriots fall, CFB Bowl Games, World Cup Talk, and More


Lucas Parent, Lion's Roar Staff

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Hello and welcome back. I’m your host Lucas Parent. Let’s get right into it.


The Patriots fell victim to an unbelievable gaffe on Sunday. Rallying down from a 14-point deficit against the Raiders, the Patriots held a 24-17 lead in the final quarter. The Raiders were able to even the game on a very controversial touchdown to Keelan Cole, which left the Patriots minimal time to either attempt a hail mary or take a knee and settle for overtime. The Patriots were able to gain 20 yards before the play in question occurred. Rhamondre Stevenson ran up the middle before lateraling the football behind him to receiver Jakobi Myers. Myers, evading pressure, threw the ball behind him, aiming at quarterback Mac Jones. However, former Patriot Chandler Jones intercepted the lateral and took it back to the house to give the Raiders a 30-24 edge and victory.


The loss was a heartbreaking one for the Patriots. With a win, they would have been 8-6 and tied for a wild card spot. Now, the Pats are 7-7 and on the outside looking in. 


This week was the week of comebacks in the NFL. Jacksonville and Cincinnati both overcame big deficits to secure Week 15 victories. Both of these seem minor compared to the happenings in Minnesota this week. The Colts ran out early to a 33-0 lead. Despite touchdowns from KJ Osborn and CJ Ham, the Vikings still trailed 36-14 entering the final frame. From there on out, it was all Vikings. Kirk Cousins threw a pair of touchdown passes, and Dalvin Cook ran for one with just over two minutes left to tie the game at 36. The Vikings kicked a field goal in overtime, and completed the biggest comeback in NFL history. 


There are two bowls today in college football. Eastern Michigan faces off against San Jose State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Liberty faces Toledo in the Boca Raton bowl.  


The Celtics have been slipping as of late. Over the weekend they saw themselves defeated by the Magic twice in a row. The Magic were 1-11 before the game on the road and secured back-to-back wins against the former winningest team in the league. The Celtics have lost four of five. Boston looks forward to Wednesday to get back on track against Tyrese Haliburton and the faulting Pacers. 


It’s Time for Timelord. Robert Williams made his return over the weekend, as did Al Horford. Rob scored nine points and blocked a shot in 18 minutes of action. Williams added six points and a pair of blocks in his second game back, also in 18 minutes of play.


The Red Sox lost free agent DH JD Martinez to the Dodgers, as he agreed to a one-year deal. Former Dodger Justin Turner agreed to a multi-year deal with the Red Sox over the weekend. 


The Bruins clicked on offense last night, defeating the Florida Panthers, 7-3. The Bruins got up 4-0 and were even the rest of the way. Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and assisted on two more. Brad Marchand added three assists as well. 


And just like that, the World Cup is over. Argentina defeated France, 3-3, on penalty kicks in the final over the weekend. Kylian Mbappe scored a hat trick for France, but it was not enough as Lionel Messi’s heroics sent Argentina to the promised land. Many fans are calling Messi the greatest of all time after the victory. 


That’s all for today. Happy holidays and safe travels to all those who will be celebrating this year.