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There were plenty of amazing finishes this past week. The 49ers hit a last-second field goal to beat the Tennessee Titans for their third straight win with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. The Dallas Cowboys kept their playoff hopes alive by squeaking out a victory over the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Derek Carr‘s dive for the pylon in the fourth quarter resulted in a fumble through the back of the end zone resulting in a touchback that gave the Cowboys the ball and the win. The craziest of them all had to be the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers game that was an absolute roller coaster in the final minute of action.

Running back Dion Lewis took it in the end zone with 56 seconds left to give the Patriots the lead. After the ensuing kickoff, Ben Roethlisberger found rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for 69 yards and set up what looked like a finish that would at the very least go to overtime. Big Ben found his tight end, Jesse James on the next play and James dove for the end zone for the winning touchdown with just over 30 seconds left…or at least everyone at Heinz Field and everyone watching at home thought so. Upon further review, the call was overturned due to James not “surviving the ground” as the play was ruled an incomplete pass. After a short pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey who failed to get out of bounds, Roethlisberger went for a fake spike and tried to hit Eli Rogers on a slant in the end zone but the pass was tipped and ultimately intercepted by the New England’s Duron Harmon giving the Patriots a huge win with big playoff implications.

When it came time to choose our Al Dente Dude of the Week, we were drawn to a game that was not close in any sort of way. The Los Angeles Rams defeated NFC West rivals Seattle Seahawks by a final score of 42-7. The Rams were so dominant, they are worthy of TWO Al Dente Dudes. Congratulations to running back Todd Gurley and head coach Sean McVay on being named the very first Co-Al Dente Dudes of the Week.

Gurley ran for three touchdowns in the first half alone. His first two touchdowns each came from 1 yard out but his third was a spirit-breaking 57-yard scamper with 28 seconds left before half allowing the Rams to take a 34-0 lead into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Jared Goff found Gurley for a 14-yard touchdown, giving the Rams running back his fourth touchdown of the day.

Gurley showed us why he was such a highly touted talent coming out of Georgia but in order be Al Dente Dude you have to really bring the goods. Gurley has amazing dreadlocks, an absolute chiseled physique, and it looks like he has found the location of the fountain of youth.

We didn’t have to look very far to find Gurley’s Co-Al Dente Dude. While Gurley was running all over the Seahawks, his head coach was admiring his work from the sidelines. Sean McVay has come out of virtually nowhere to take the 4-12 Rams and turn them into a 10-4 NFC West-leading squad who couldn’t be running any hotter than they are right now.

McVay can obviously coach but what is even more obvious is the fact that he is gorgeous. He has piercing eyes, a perfectly proportioned beard, and a million dollar smile. I am surprised television networks haven’t struck a deal to split screen Rams games and just have a camera on him for the entirety of the contest.

Congratulations to Todd Gurley and Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams for being named the first Co-Al Dente Dudes of the Week. Keep running up those scores and running through our minds.

Sports Al Dente 2019

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