Boston Double Feature Déjà Vu

Last night was a sweet night for Boston fans., with the Red Sox battling the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS at Fenway Park at the same time that the Patriots were playing the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs approximately 20 miles south in Foxboro.

Mookie Betts’ 8th inning double sealed the Red Sox win over the Astros to even the series and avoid having to travel to Houston down 0-2.

Fast forward to Gilette Stadium where Tom Brady and the Patriots are on their own 25-yard line with 3:03 to go and the score tied.  Brady drove the Patriots 65-yards to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired giving the Patriots a 43-40 win over the Chiefs 43-40.  It was Brady’s 55th game-winning drive and 200th career win.

If this seemed vaguely familiar, it is because Boston fans witnessed the same thing on October 13, 2013.

On that day, the fun began at Foxboro with the Patriots playing the 5-0 New Orleans Saints.  With the Patriots down 27-23, Tom Brady began his 40th game-winning drive on the Patriot’s 30-yard line with 1:13 to go.  Eight plays later Brady found Kenbrell Thompkins in the end zone for the 30-27 win.

The Patriots win elicited a meme-worthy reaction from Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan.

At Fenway, the Red Sox were hosting the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the ALCS.  Things were looking bleak as the Tigers jumped to a 5-0 lead in the 6th inning and were on the verge of taking a 2-0 series lead.  Then “Big Pappi” took over with an 8th-inning grand slam to tie the game and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hitting a walk-off single to win the game.

The 2013 version certainly was a bit more dramatic.

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The 2013 Red Sox went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, while the 2013 Patriots lost in the AFC Championship to Denver.


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