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In the ultimate sports showdown Sunday, Team Fluff snatched victory from Team Ruff to win the coveted ‘Lombarky’ trophy in Puppy Bowl XVIII.

The puppies of both teams gave it their all, but it was Team Fluff that slid into the end zone for a last-minute victory of 73-69.

More than 100 adoptable dogs from 67 shelters across 33 states returned to the turf Sunday afternoon to drag chew toys around a miniature field in the bowl’s biggest competition yet. 

Martha Stewart, who coached last year’s champions, Team Ruff, and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, who coached Team Fluff, hosted the televised event while wearing their team’s jerseys.  

Other special guests included First Lady Jill Biden the new First Family puppy, Commander, who made his TV debut. 

Martha Stewart tweeted during the game,  ‘this game is ruffin’ awesome! Show me how you and your furry friends are watching using #PuppyBowl!’

Just hours before he performed at the main Super Bowl halftime show, Snoop Dogg also tweeted the Puppy Bowl shouting out his team: 

‘Coach Snoop n Team Fluff. #PuppyBowl. We on @AnimalPlanet n @discoveryplus’

In the ultimate sports showdown Sunday, Team Fluff snatched victory from Team Ruff to win the coveted 'Lombarky' trophy in Puppy Bowl XVIII

In the ultimate sports showdown Sunday, Team Fluff snatched victory from Team Ruff to win the coveted 'Lombarky' trophy in Puppy Bowl XVIII

In the ultimate sports showdown Sunday, Team Fluff snatched victory from Team Ruff to win the coveted ‘Lombarky’ trophy in Puppy Bowl XVIII

Chorizo (left) faces off with Moby (right) in the end zone while holing a toy in his mouth

Chorizo (left) faces off with Moby (right) in the end zone while holing a toy in his mouth

Chorizo (left) faces off with Moby (right) in the end zone while holing a toy in his mouth 

Kirby scored a touchdown for Team Fluff in the second quarter. He attends home games and trains in the NRG stadium to be the best, well-socialized pup around, The Post reported

Kirby scored a touchdown for Team Fluff in the second quarter. He attends home games and trains in the NRG stadium to be the best, well-socialized pup around, The Post reported

Kirby scored a touchdown for Team Fluff in the second quarter. He attends home games and trains in the NRG stadium to be the best, well-socialized pup around, The Post reported

The puppies of both teams gave it their all, but it was Team Fluff that slid into the end zone for a last-minute victory of 73-69

The puppies of both teams gave it their all, but it was Team Fluff that slid into the end zone for a last-minute victory of 73-69

The puppies of both teams gave it their all, but it was Team Fluff that slid into the end zone for a last-minute victory of 73-69

The event, which was televised on Animal Planet and streamed on Discovery+, is designed to raise awareness about shelter adoptions. 

At Sunday’s game, Kirby, a Labrador retriever and service dog in-training, was named Team Fluff’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ after helping the team win the Lombarky Trophy.

There were nine special needs dogs featured during the game, including Benny, a wheelchair-bound Labradoodle; Moby, a French Bulldog with a cleft palate; and Rocket, a deaf Chihuahua/Dachshund.  

‘These are not trained puppies,’ Puppy Bowl referee Dan Schachner told The New York Post. ‘These are dogs in their purest form.’ 

Martha Stewart, who coached last year's champions, Team Ruff, and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, who coached Team Fluff, hosted the televised event while wearing their team's jerseys

Martha Stewart, who coached last year's champions, Team Ruff, and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, who coached Team Fluff, hosted the televised event while wearing their team's jerseys

Martha Stewart, who coached last year’s champions, Team Ruff, and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, who coached Team Fluff, hosted the televised event while wearing their team’s jerseys

Previous winning team Team Ruff - coached by Martha Stewart last year - couldn't maintain the winning streak and Team Fluff snagged victory at the very end

Previous winning team Team Ruff - coached by Martha Stewart last year - couldn't maintain the winning streak and Team Fluff snagged victory at the very end

Previous winning team Team Ruff – coached by Martha Stewart last year – couldn’t maintain the winning streak and Team Fluff snagged victory at the very end

Other special guests included First Lady Jill Biden the new First Family puppy, Commander, who made his TV debut

Other special guests included First Lady Jill Biden the new First Family puppy, Commander, who made his TV debut

Other special guests included First Lady Jill Biden the new First Family puppy, Commander, who made his TV debut

More than 100 adoptable dogs from 67 shelters across 33 states returned to the turf Sunday afternoon to drag chew toys around a miniature field in the bowl's biggest competition yet

More than 100 adoptable dogs from 67 shelters across 33 states returned to the turf Sunday afternoon to drag chew toys around a miniature field in the bowl's biggest competition yet

More than 100 adoptable dogs from 67 shelters across 33 states returned to the turf Sunday afternoon to drag chew toys around a miniature field in the bowl’s biggest competition yet

There were nine special needs dogs featured during the game, including Benny, a wheelchair-bound Labradoodle (pictured)

There were nine special needs dogs featured during the game, including Benny, a wheelchair-bound Labradoodle (pictured)

There were nine special needs dogs featured during the game, including Benny, a wheelchair-bound Labradoodle (pictured)

Benny at Puppy Bowl XVIII

Benny at Puppy Bowl XVIII

Benny at Puppy Bowl XVIII

The only rule in Puppy Bowl is simple: Drag a chew toy into the end zone

The only rule in Puppy Bowl is simple: Drag a chew toy into the end zone

The only rule in Puppy Bowl is simple: Drag a chew toy into the end zone

The only rule in Puppy Bowl is simple: Drag a chew toy into the end zone. 

Schachner said any other calls are made up on the fly. And to avoid chaos, only a handful of pups are on the turf at a time, he added.    

Previous winning team Team Ruff – coached by Martha Stewart last year – couldn’t maintain the winning streak and Team Fluff snagged victory at the very end. 

With time running out in the last stretch of the game, Team Fluff was down by 3, according to Discovery.  

Team Fluff’s Chorizo took the toy and with only 7 seconds left, ran to the end zone. 

Touchdown!  

Puppy Bowl has always served as a football alternative for Super Bowl Sunday, but its main purpose is to find these furry pets a forever family. 

The Puppy Bowl has a 100 percent adoption rate and adoptions at the shelters providing the pups increase after the event. 

‘Every Puppy Bowl ends with every single dog being adopted,’ Schachner said. ‘Our goal is to showcase as wide of a variety as possible.’

Previous winning team Team Ruff - coached by Martha Stewart last year - couldn't maintain the winning streak and Team Fluff snagged victory at the very end

Previous winning team Team Ruff - coached by Martha Stewart last year - couldn't maintain the winning streak and Team Fluff snagged victory at the very end

Previous winning team Team Ruff – coached by Martha Stewart last year – couldn’t maintain the winning streak and Team Fluff snagged victory at the very end

With time running out in the last stretch of the game, Team Fluff was down by 3, according to Discovery. Team Fluff's Chorizo took the toy and with only 7 seconds left, ran to the end zone. Touchdown!

With time running out in the last stretch of the game, Team Fluff was down by 3, according to Discovery. Team Fluff's Chorizo took the toy and with only 7 seconds left, ran to the end zone. Touchdown!

With time running out in the last stretch of the game, Team Fluff was down by 3, according to Discovery. Team Fluff’s Chorizo took the toy and with only 7 seconds left, ran to the end zone. Touchdown!

Source: dailymail

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