The Patriots and Rams are evenly matched, and the outcome of Super Bowl LIII will likely hinge on the games within the game.,Stream the Patriots-Rams in Super Bowl LIII on CBSSports.com.,CBS Boston’s Dan Roche and CBS Los Angeles’s Kevin Cuenca join us to help answer four questions about the matchup:

What specific matchup could decide the Patriots-Rams Super Bowl?,How similar will the Patriots-Rams Super Bowl LIII matchup be to their last Super Bowl matchup in 2002?,Their answers certainly shed light on what promises to be an exciting Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta this Sunday on CBS. read more

∫ Former Wheeling Park all-state quarterback Cross Wilkinson has received a nice honor with the University of Toledo football team.,∫ Former Linsly School hoop standout Dylan Harrison is enjoying a solid sophomore season at Ohio Valley University.,∫ Wheeling Park hoop standout Keondre King is a nominee for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American basketball game.,∫ Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. is enjoying a banner men’s basketball season under the guidance of former Wheeling Park hoopster D.P. Harris.,∫ Kudos go out to former Wheeling Park all-state point guard Kylie McKennen.

“You know, everyone thinks we suck,” Brady said after the Pats thrashed the Chargers.,During a Friday media availability, a reporter called Brady on his contention that no one believes in the Patriots, asking whether there’s a “genuine feeling of disrespect” within the locker room.,“I mean, we’re going against a team that’s the No. 1 seed in the league,” Brady replied.,Like I said, we feel like we have a team that can compete well against anybody.,Brady’s remarks come at a time when the New England and Kansas City fan bases are arguing incessantly over which team is actually the underdog.

Ponder for just a moment, given the dire forecast, just how brutal the conditions might be at Gillette Stadium late on Sunday had the AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots been played there.,It not only gave the Broncos life in the game but life in the season, and they ended up being able to host the Patriots in the AFC Championship that year and went on to win the Super Bowl.,Kansas City’s secondary is a penalty flag waiting to happen, and they will try to be physical to prevent players like Edelman and James White getting free like they were against L.A. We’ll try these trends: The Patriots as underdogs the last few years have won five of six.,The last time the Rams were underdogs in a game of consequence they blistered Seattle 42-7 last year to win the NFC West.,Now, going against the above AFC pick, the home team has won the conference championship game in each of the last five years.

The Rams have broken hearts and left behind bitter fans in two different cities — in St. Louis, where the team spent 21 years, won a Super Bowl and then split town in a nasty divorce, and in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city and team’s home from 1946 to 1995, where the Rams built and lost a fan base before returning three seasons ago.,A win over the Saints on Sunday and the prospect of a football championship for Los Angeles could bring Rams fever to a boil and carve out a place for the team in the city’s crowded sports scene.,The Rams didn’t have to work quite as hard to build loyalty in St. Louis, where football-starved fans snatched up tickets early in 1995 and were rewarded four seasons later when an unknown backup quarterback named Kurt Warner and tailback Marshall Faulk turned their offense into the so-called “Greatest Show on Turf” and won a dramatic Super Bowl championship in 1999.,A couple of weeks ago, Saints coach Sean Payton hauled in the Lombardi trophy and a big stack of greenbacks to show his team what was at stake…

Tony Hernandez, a third-generation Rams fan from east of Los Angeles, said half of his uncles and many of his friends gave up on the Rams after they moved away.,Hernandez said he briefly quit watching the team during the 1995 season in protest of the move, but soon was back to watching every game and even flying to St. Louis to cheer in person. read more

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — It would appear as though America is sick of seeing the Patriots in the Super Bowl.,And when it comes to the AFC, it’s clear that everybody outside of New England (and Michigan) wants to see the Chiefs topple the Patriots on Sunday night.,The graphic provides a staggering look at just how much of America will be rooting against the Patriots:

Fans’ rooting interest, AFC Championship (Photo from sportsbetting.ag) read more

Anthony Lynn often said that the Los Angeles Chargers winning six of their final seven games in 2017 helped serve as a springboard to this season's success, which resulted in the team's first postseason berth in five years.,Lynn is hoping Sunday's 41-28 loss to New England in the AFC divisional round can serve the same purpose for next season's group.,After starting 1-2 this season — which included losses to the Chiefs and Rams — Los Angeles won 10 of 11, which included second-half rallies on the road against Pittsburgh and Kansas City.,The loss Sunday to the Patriots marked the first time all season the Chargers lost a road game outside of Los Angeles.,Here are some things to watch as the Chargers begin their offseason:

ONE MORE GAME: Lynn and his staff still have one more game to coach this season. read more

Then we give up.Other Chargers storiesChargers Cover-Three defense looked more like Cover-NoneHelene Elliott columnizes off of the gameAntonio Gates wants to keep playingSaints winThe New Orleans Saints defeated the defending Super Bowl champ Philadelphia Eagles, 20-14, to advance to the NFC title game, where they will host the Rams next Sunday at noon on Fox.That means the conference championship will be a rematch of teams that met in Week 9, with the Saints beating the Rams, 45-35, also in New Orleans.I think that we match up really well, Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold said of the Saints.,The last time we played them, it came down to a game of just running out of time.At the end of the day, I think well have a better plan against them the second go-round, and youve got to be excited to be able to go back there and get another chance at those guys again.You can take a first look at the Rams-Saints matchup by clicking here.So, it will be Rams-Saints for the NFC title and Patriots-Chiefs for the AFC title.,So did the Cleveland Cavaliers.Things arent quite that bad, but the Lakers are 3-7 since LeBron James was injured and are tied with Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.Fans took to social media after the game to criticize coach Luke Walton.,Turns out it wasnt gold in their stockings, it was a lump of coal painted gold.Also check out:Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram take on expanded roles with LakersHigh school basketballOne thing that often gets overlooked in the discussion of the impending strike by the LAUSD teachers strike set to begin today is how the strike will impact high school sports.High school sports reporter and columnist Eric Sondheimer takes a look at that by using the upcoming Fairfax-Westchester game as an example.The strike will halt the sports seasons for thousands of City Section athletes, boys and girls.,Bartow seemed pretty unhappy with the team in the second half, becoming very animated in timeout huddles more than once.Kris Wilkes had 21 points and Prince Ali had 13 points for the Bruins, who lost their first Pac-12 game and are now 3-1 under Bartow.USC basketball (Kevin Porter Jr. suspended indefinitely)What seemed so promising turned out to be a disastrous time in Oregon for the USC mens basketball team.

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New England needed a field goal from Stephen Gostkowski in the waning seconds to slip past the Chiefs 43-40 in one of the wildest games of the regular season in Week 6.,Tom Brady had one of his best games of the season in the Oct. 14 victory over KC, throwing for 340 yards and a touchdown and running for another to earn his 200th career victory as starting quarterback.,Buoyed by the run game, Brady was in vintage form at age 41, completing 34 of 44 for 343 yards and a touchdown.,When he caught an 8-yard pass from Rivers to make it 41-28 in the final minute, it made him the oldest tight end in NFL history with a touchdown catch in a playoff game.,NO PLACE LIKE HOME

While a lot was made of the Chargers' success on the road this season, Rivers said it might have been nice to play Sunday's game at home. read more