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Puppy Bowl XIV 2018: Recap, MVP, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2018

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS -  Atmosphere at the Puppy Bowl X at the Discovery Times Square Experience in New York on Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for Discovery Communications)
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Team Fluff won a thrilling offensive shootout, 52-47, over Team Ruff to take home the prestigious Lombarki Trophy at Puppy Bowl XIV. 

Trailing 47-45 with 30 seconds remaining, Kaleb Junior found a hole to get into the end zone that sealed Team Fluff's second straight Puppy Bowl title. 

Even though Kaleb Junior made the biggest play of the day, Bear wound up winning the coveted Most Valuable Puppy award after a day of dominance. 

Animal Planet @AnimalPlanet

Good boy, Bear! You're the @BISSELLclean #PuppyBowlXIV MVP! #ad https://t.co/w7P85GhGTI

With both defenses often caught napping on the field, it opened things up for a lot of scoring. One of the game's surprises was the addition of a sloth, whose primary role was to referee.

SB Nation @SBNation

THERE'S A SLOTH WHO'S GOING TO BE A REFEREE #PuppyBowl https://t.co/2nqtudD6lj

Late in the first half, though, the sloth attempted to take the ball and run—or whatever the sloth version of running is—into the end zone. Dan Schachner, the human referee, waved off the play and made sure only dogs were allowed to control the rest of the action. 

Given all the scrutiny refs in every sport are always under, the sloth's move didn't sit well with some viewers:

Jonah Goldberg @JonahNRO

My wife just went on a tear about how they always have "crooked refs" at the #PuppyBowl

Luna appeared to take a page out of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson's playbook with some trickery that left Buckalew stuck in his tracks:

Dictionary.com @Dictionarycom

The weird urge to squeeze all the puppies in the @AnimalPlanet #PuppyBowlXIV is called "cute aggression." #ButWeCantHelpIt https://t.co/xCFseMohBK https://t.co/XAJfzwpQgJ

The only problem with that is Luna and Buckalew both play for Team Fluff. 

While his teammates were busy frolicking with each other, Bear was doing everything in his power to keep Fluff in the game and make a bid for MVP. 

A 16-week-old American Staffordshire Terrier-Foxhound, Bear had two touchdowns in the first half and a highlight-reel leap over everyone on the field: 

Steve Braband @stevebraband

Someone let a gazelle into the Puppy Bowl https://t.co/B236p4T7sr

Coming off last year's 93-38 blowout loss, Team Ruff had a much better showing this time around. However, Team Fluff took advantage of a late defensive lapse to earn bragging rights once again.

Team Fluff is closing in on a dynastic run with another win next year. No NFL team has ever won three straight Super Bowls, and the last NBA team to win three straight titles was the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2002. 

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