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Puppy Bowl 2024 winner recap: Team Ruff adorably upsets Team Fluff



It was a ruff match!

The winner of the 2024 Puppy Bowl was officially decided on Sunday, when Team Ruff managed to overtake Team Fluff hours before the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Fransisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

In a very close game, Team Ruff eked out a narrow victory over Team Fluff, with 72 points to 69.

This year’s win marks Ruff’s fourth victory over Fluff.

As previously reported by The Post, the teams consist of 131 dogs from nearly 73 different shelters across the country — six of the furry friends, for the first time, have special needs.

This year’s Puppy Bowl, which marks the contest’s 20th anniversary, also featured a chow chow/American Staffordshire terrier from the US Virgin Islands, a first in the competition’s history.

“Puppies are taking over the show’s production by operating the cameras and lighting, directing from the control room, stage managing on the studio floor and even coaching Team Ruff and Team Fluff,” Warner Brothers said in a statement.

As previously reported by The Post, both Team Fluff and Tema Ruff consist of 131 dogs from nearly 73 different shelters across the country and six of the furry friends, for the first time ever, had special needs. Warner Bros. Discovery

The studio added that the purpose behind the chaotic skirmish — aside from giving viewers the chance to watch puppies frolic for 3 hours — is to get each and every single one of the participants adopted.

Puppy Bowl XX was presided over by referee Dan Schachner, who has overseen the struggle for the Lombarky trophy for the last 13 years.

According to the Brooklyn resident, the most challenging part of his job is finding new ways to call interference.

This year’s Puppy Bowl, which marks the contest’s 20th anniversary, is also set to feature a chow chow/American Staffordshire terrier from the US Virgin Islands, a first in the competition’s history. Warner Bros. Discovery

“The most challenging part of the job is coming up with different ways to say the same thing,” Schachner, 49, told The Post.

“You know how the Eskimos have 50 different words for snow? We have a million different ways to say ‘piss interference,’ ‘fertilizing the field.’ So, coming up with new and interesting calls is definitely a challenge.”

Schachner told The Post that he also plans to adopt one of the furry friends —  a puppy named Whistle who will also serve as his assistant referee.

Puppy Bowl XX will be presided over by referee Dan Schachner, who has overseen the struggle for the Lombarky trophy for the last 13 years. Animal Planet
The studio added that the purpose behind the chaotic skirmish — aside from giving viewers the chance to watch puppies frolic for 3 hours — is to get each and every single one of the participants adopted. Strohmeyer/Animal Planet/Splash

Schachner ruminated that he had to prepare for everything.

“You’re watching untrained puppies on a field with chew toys. So you’re constantly being surprised,” he laughed. “I’ve seen dogs leap a foot and a half in the air, when I didn’t think they could. I’ve had dogs decide to opt out of playing, and just hang out snoozing. I’ve had dogs that decided to jump off the field and into a cameraman’s lap.

“I’ve had dogs put their little snouts in my pocket and steal my penalty flag … we’re constantly on our feet,” he added.

Despite “field” being the size of “a large living room,” the Puppy Bowl still requires a massive 100-person crew as well as a team of animal wranglers and vets.

“It is a tremendous operation,” he said. “We can’t have more than eight to 10 on the field at once. So, subs are coming in all the time. If a dog seems too tired or too rambunctious, we’ll sub them out.”



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