The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, the lowest scoring Super Bowl of all time.
Both teams played a great defensive game, with the offense being blocked at every turn. The score was just 3-3 going into the fourth quarter, but then Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led a drive to end zone, making the score 10-3. Shortly after that, Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw an interception that led to the Patriots scoring another field goal, to make the final score of the game 13-3. Just before time ran down, Rams kicker Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein missed his final field goal attempt of the season, despite making 87% of field goals attempted during the 2018-2019 regular season.
The Patriots are not unfamiliar with controversy after “deflate gate” in 2015, when the Pats allegedly deflated footballs for an easier win over the Colts during the AFC Championship game. The big controversy of this game was Super Bowl LIII MVP, Julian Edelman. Edelman was suspended for the first four games of the regular season after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs in June. For some, this may bring question to the validity of his 141 receiving yards over ten catches, eight of them for critical first downs. In the first half of the game, Edelman had more receiving yards than the entire Rams roster.
Some of the low Rams stats are due to superstar Todd Gurley II’s lack of touches. Despite sitting out the last few games of the regular season with an injured knee, the running back was listed as healthy during January, and claimed he felt fine. Despite this, Rams head coach Sean McVay barely utilized Gurley, as he finished the game with only 34 rushing yards. The Rams definitely have a lot to take back and work on for next year, as they take another shot at a Super Bowl run. For the Patriots, its back to business as usual. With nine Super Bowl appearances in the past 18 years- six of them wins- all the Pats need to do is stick to head coach Bill Belichick’s game plan, and it is likely we will get to see them perform again in Super Bowl LIV.