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Houston We Have A Title

November 9, 2017

In what will go down as one of the best World Series ever, Houston, won a Game 7 on the road to upend the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Astros,  who pulled out heart-stopping wins in Games 2 and 5, took some drama out of Game 7 when it opened up an early 5-0 lead, capped by George Springer’s two-run homer in the second off starter Yu Darvish, who recorded just five outs for the second start in the Series.

After the early offense, the Astros kept the Dodgers quiet with a steady stream of relievers to  post a rather anti-climatic 5-1 clinching victory. Ironically, it was Houston’s bullpen woes that extended the series to a Game 7. But the pen came up big when it counted.

Jose Altuve & Yuli Gurriel

The triumph came on the heels of a dramatic victory over the Yankees in the American League Championship Series that also took the full seven.

Here is one of my famous ‘did you knows.’ Did you know that the 2017 Astros and the 1985 Royals are now the only two teams to win two seven-game series in the same postseason?

Houston, a franchise that originated in 1962,  won its first World Series just four years removed from losing a franchise-record 111 games during a major rebuilding project that found several key contributors on this year’s 101-win team. Key contributors that eliminated the Boston Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers, the teams with the three largest payrolls in the Majors.  

Panthers Come Up Big

The Carolina Panthers came up big late at home on Sunday and topped the Atlanta Falcons by a 20-17 score.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to their longtime divisional rival and elevated their record to 6-3.

Carolina erased a 10-0 first quarter deficit against the defending NFC Champions. 

Christian McCaffrey

The biggest play within the comeback was an interception by safety Mike Adams.

The theft late in the first half with the Panthers trailing 10-7 and it halted a likely scoring drive by the Falcons. A few minutes later, Carolina talled a go-ahead touchdown.

Cam Newton was impressive in the second half. Carolina’s quarterback came up with several key runs to keep drives alive and Atlanta’s offense off the field. Newton finished with 86 rushing yards including an acrobatic scoring run.

Christian McCaffrey had his best day as a Panther. He had a four-yard touchdown run while compiling  66 yards rushing and 28 more receiving. In all, Carolina ran the ball for a season-high 201 yards.

Devin Funchess also had a nice outing in his debut as the number-one receiver. In his first game without running mate Kelvin Benjamin, he ended up with five catches for 86 yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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