6 for 12: Tom Brady and the Patriots defeat the Rams at Super Bowl LIII
In the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, the Patriots have once again come out on top
If there is one thing easier to cash in on than the National Anthem prop bet, it is the Patriots showing up during a Super Bowl. For the sixth time, Tom Brady and the Patriots are champions of the NFL, outlasting the young St. Louis Rams 13-3 inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game would end up being the lowest scoring one in NFL history.
In a battle of the elder statesmen v. the young student, Brady was able to outlast Jared Goff. Unlike his past few Super Bowl appearances, Brady did not have a throwing touchdown. The 41-year-old finished the night 21-of-35 with 262 yards. He did have one interception.
“It was an unbelievable year,” Brady stated after the game. “We fought through it. The Rams’ defense played a great game, but we finally got a touchdown, and our defense played its best game of the year.”
Goff ended the night with 229 yards while going 19-for-38 with an interception of his own.
Defense was indeed the name of the game, as the score was tied 3-3 heading into the fourth. The Patriots’ defense had 34 tackles and one interception while the Rams had 43 and an interception of their own. Time after time two teams with primarily weak defenses to end the year managed to create a dynamic that held the game to a tight finish.
It was during the fourth quarter where everything shined for the Patriots. After a 29-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, Sony Mitchel ran the ball into the endzone with about seven minutes remaining in the game. Stephen Gostkowski, who missed a shot earlier in the night, hit a 41-yard field goal with 1:12 left in the game. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein, who was one of the most reliable kickers all season, missed a 48-yard FG with five seconds left in the game to end it. If he was to make it, the Rams may have had a chance with an onside kick.
Brady was very diverse with the ball, passing it to Gronkowski six times for 87 yards, Rex Burkhead twice for 15 and Julian Edelman ten times for 141 yards. The latter ended up winning Super Bowl MVP, as he had close to 100 before the first half even ended.
10 catches. 141 yards. And a @SuperBowl MVP! 🐿
— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2019
The aforementioned Gronkowski does not know what the future holds for him after this season. There have been thoughts of retirement, and WWE is extremely interested in the tight end.
As for the Rams, only Brandin Cooks shined with 120 yards on eight catches. C.J. Anderson had only 12. It was Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley that really didn’t play a factor in this game, as he only ran for 35 yards. It appeared he may have been injured, as he was kept out of many plays throughout the game.
In the end, a number of records were broken by New England. Brady became the oldest QB to win a Super Bowl while also becoming the only player to win six rings, breaking the tie he had with Hall of Famer Charles Haley.
Coach Bill Belichick, 66, becomes the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl after outlasting the younger Sean McVay. He also ties George Halas and Curly Lambeau as the only coaches with six titles.
It is another win for the Belichick/Brady duo, one we might never see again. After falling short against the Eagles last season and fighting through multiple injuries and various other distractions, the Patriots are back on top of the football world.
The Rams must now go back to the drawing board, while knowing that their young team is capable of making it back to the Super Bowl sooner rather than later. As for the Patriots? They will be celebrating throughout the next few days after winning Boston its second title in just a few months. After that, however, it is back to business as usual. It is, after all, the Patriot way.
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