Foxborough, Massachusetts - It's that time of the year again! The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions for the sixth time in franchise history after defeating the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 13-3! The score was actually the lowest in the history of the Super Bowl and the Rams became just the second team in Super Bowl history to score no touchdowns. There was also only one red zone play during the entire game! So it's safe to say that the narrative of Super Bowl LIII is that it was a old school defensive matchup.
As for the offense of the Patriots, it was definitely a middling affair where the team never really got into a roll. Stephen Gostkowski missed his first field goal, but he made two others, one from forty-two yards and the other from forty-one. The first was to give the Patriots the lead and the second cemented the victory for New England.
Tom Brady, who has been impressively iconic in post-seasons and in Super Bowls went just 21-35 for 262 passing yards and an interception. He did not throw a touchdown during the game! However, he did win his sixth Super Bowl title, which leaves him alone in first place for the most touchdowns by a single NFL player, separating him from Charles Haley.
The leading receiver for Brady was Julian Edelman, who caught ten receptions for 141 yards, which was an impressive enough effort to earn him the Super Bowl MVP trophy and further immortalize his post-season legacy. Rob Gronkowski also turned back the clock for a lot of power runs off of six receptions for 87 yards, including a long reception to bring the Patriots to the goal line and was arguably the most crucial offensive play of the game and one of the most important in Gronk's career.
Even Ryan Allen had an impact on the game with a number of well-placed punts to pin the Rams deep in their own territory.
The Patriots absolutely shut down the Rams rushing game as Patriots running back Sony Michel out-rushed the entire Rams offense by 32 yards. Michel was also responsible for New England's lone touchdown of the game, a two yard run.
But alas, defense was the story for New England as the only score allowed by the unit (coached by an unflappable combination of Bill Belichick and Brian Flores) was a fifty-three yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein. The defense also made a number of critical plays and there's no denying that many on that front could have just as easily been the MVP of the game as they limited Todd Gurley to 35 rushing yards and Jared Goff to 229 passing yards.
Jason McCourty might have made the most important play of the game as he ran the width of the field to break up a wide open touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks in an impressive feat of speed. Dont'a Hightower was also over the field, making contact with Goff three times and sacking him twice. Kyle Van Noy also leveled Goff with a brutal sack and four total tackles. Jonathan Jones led the Patriots with eight total tackles, as well, and even Patrick Chung managed to record four tackles before leaving the game with a broken arm.
The most impressive defensive effort probably came from cornerback Stephon Gilmore who racked up five total tackles, all solo, and a crucial nail-in-the-coffin interception on Goff, late in the fourth quarter.
All in all, it was a team effort for the Patriots to win this game with their best defensive performance in franchise Super Bowl history. It was a slower, ground and pound sort of game, but the outcome was perfect! For the sixth time, which ties an NFL record with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champions! The parade is on Tuesday; let's party!