Connect with us


Phuket Sports: Patriots missile the Ravens to contest Superbowl



PHUKET: Fans of the New England Patriots in Phuket got some great news when local media reports out of Boston revealed that the team’s superstar tight end Rob Gronkowsi will play in the Super Bowl XLVI against the red hot New York Giants.

Gronkowski went down with what appeared to be a very serious ankle in the AFC championship game, won by the Patriots at home over the Baltimore Ravens thanks to a botched field goal attempt from just 32 yards out in the final seconds that would have sent the game into overtime.

Gronkowski, the 6′ 6″ 265-pound second-year man out of Arizona, set a tight end record of 18 touchdowns in the regular season. Paired with fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez and slot receiver Wes Welker, the trio give superstar quarterback Tom Brady a wide array of options downfield.

In the NFC final, the Giants prevailed 20-17 at the San Francisco 49ers thanks to an overtime field goal that ended a tight, defensive struggle. Credit for the win goes to the Giants defense, which held the Niners to just one-for-thirteen conversions on third-down attempts, and a gritty, never-say-die performance by quarterback Eli Manning, who was sacked six times for 49 yards.

Just minutes after that game finished, bookmakers in Las Vegas listed the Patriots a 3.5-point favorite, though the odds immediately moved down when punters poured money into the Giants. News of Gronkowski’s condition will likely maintain the Pats as favorites going into the big game, to be played February 5 on Astroturf at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The showdown will be a rematch of the Super Bowl four years ago, which was won by the Giants despite being 12-point underdogs against the Patriots, who finished the regular season undefeated that year.

The Super Bowl kickoff will be at 6:30am Phuket local time. Subscribers to TrueVisions will be out of luck, but cable television subscribers with Astro Super Sports 2 out of Malaysia will be able to watch the game live.

— Stephen Fein


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

What you get for $X9 hours ago

What $100,000 buys you for a condo in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Hua Hin

Thailand11 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Activists plan protests all across Thailand

Thailand11 hours ago

Snitching on parking space hoggers could earn you 5,000 baht in Thailand

Sponsored19 hours ago

10 Best Seed Banks that Ship Cannabis Seeds Discreetly to You (Free US Shipping)

Weather11 hours ago

Storm Noru weakens from typhoon to depression as it moves across Thailand

World12 hours ago

Suicide bombing in Afghanistan hits students preparing for exam

Politics13 hours ago

BREAKING: Prayut reinstated as Prime Minister of Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Technology13 hours ago

What role for Thailand in China’s great European EV invasion?

Cambodia13 hours ago

Cambodian delegation in UK to seach for stolen treasures

Thailand13 hours ago

20 baht notes printed with errors, says Bank of Thailand

Crime14 hours ago

Loan shark bombs debtor’s house in southern Thailand

Thailand14 hours ago

Thai researchers develop flood-resistant rice strain

Press Room15 hours ago

Southeast Asia’s hospitality leaders step into the ring to fight for sustainability at PHIST 5

Crime15 hours ago

Horrified relatives attempt ID of disfigured suitcase victim

Travel15 hours ago

Things to do in Bangkok that cost next to nothing (2022)

Travel15 hours ago

5 best spa treatments in Bangkok to pamper yourself this September – October

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11