BOSTON -- As the Boston Celtics fought to make a comeback and overtake the San Antonio Spurs in the final seconds of Wednesday's game, it was a New England native who halted their plans.
Matt Bonner, who grew up in Concord, New Hampshire, hit a critical jumper with 46.5 seconds left that put the Spurs up, 87-83, and fended off the Celtics 13-8 run.
It was being in the right place at the right time, Bonner said following the Spurs 87-86 win. The laws of probability, I missed my previous 93 shots. At least in my head thats what it felt like, so I knew that one was going in.
Bonner finished the game with 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-7 3PG) in 21 minutes off the bench.
Its just Bonner being Bonner, said Tim Duncan.
A little bit different than Manny being Manny, a reference the New Englander would surely understand.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for a dominant playoff performance, and the Atlanta Falcons ignored all those ghosts from the last half-century.
Next up: Super Bowl 51.
Ryan threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns in another MVP-worthy showing, while Jones shook off a toe injury to haul in nine catches for 180 yards and two scores, leading the Falcons to a 44-21 blowout of the storied Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship Sunday.
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You’ll never guess who the seventh-best quarterback* at Gillette Stadium was Sunday.
Via video posted on his Snapchat, 2014 Browns first-rounder Johnny Manziel, currently out of the league, attended the AFC Championship wearing a Tom Brady jersey.
Manziel was released by the Browns last March after two seasons and just eight starts. Had he played this season, he would have been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
*He might have been eighth-best. Julian Edelman played quarterback in college. People forget that.