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Two Lincoln grads play in Super Bowl LIII

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Brandin Cooks

Justin Davis

The stage is set. After an amazing weekend of football in which the Patriots knocked off the Chiefs and the Rams knocked off the Saints, Super Bowl LIII will be played on Feb. 3rd.

This game also features two Lincoln High alumni who play for the Los Angeles Rams: receiver Brandin Cooks (Class of 2011), who is entering his second Super Bowl against his former team, and running back Justin Davis (Class of 2013).

Rory O’Regan, a junior said “I think it’s really cool that Lincoln alumni are representing us in the professional world”

Championship Sunday started with the Rams and the Saints in New Orleans,  the Saints started strong in the 1st quarter, where Drew Brees looked sharp putting the Saints up by 13 early on. The Rams made it a game by putting up 10 in the second quarter going into the half down by 3. By the end of the fourth the Saints were marching down the field looking to take the lead and send their team to the Super Bowl, when perhaps the worst non-call in NFL history occurred when Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Rams interfered with Tommylee Lewis of the Saints on a play that was most definitely pass interference. The call has been challenged by 500,000 fans and is a call that will not be soon forgotten by the fanbase.

“I think the call was terrible, as it showed the referees inability to do their own job. The penalty was obvious and the refs and most importantly the NFL need to do a better job” said Trent Jones, a senior.

The following game saw a battle of old and new. Patrick Mahomes, the young phenom of Kansas City, who threw 50 touchdowns this year, against possibly the greatest quarterback of all time, in the name of Tom Brady. Everyone predicted this to be a good game, and for the first time under the Belichick and Brady era in New England, they were the underdogs.

The Patriots controlled the game in the first half going into the break with a 14 to zero lead, The Chiefs scored for the first time in the third quarter and there was no stopping them, as they score 24 in the fourth, leading to a 31-31 tie at the end of the fourth bringing yet another game into overtime, The Patriots marched down the field in overtime, as they always do, and scored to win the game and send Brady to his 9th Super Bowl appearance.

The game promises to be hard-fought Super Bowl as the patriots open as underdogs once again and try to win Brady his sixth ring.

Be sure to Catch the game on February 3rd and watch Brandin Cooks as the Patriots take on the Rams.

UPDATE– The Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 in the lowest scoring game of Super Bowl history.