Ethan Smith, News Editor
The Patriots waltzed into Atlanta and defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53 on Sunday, the sixth Super Bowl title for the franchise.
QB Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl title as an individual, becoming the first
player in the history of football to do so. Brady won his first Super Bowl for the Patriots against the Rams back in 2002, as he was the MVP of that contest.
The game was dominated by the defensive side of the ball as it was the first Super Bowl
to not have a touchdown scored throughout the first three quarters of the game.
The game was tied 3-3 going into the fourth quarter and was on pace to be the lowest scoring Super Bowl of all time. The fourth quarter, and most of the game, was dominated by the Patriots. The Pats outscored the Rams 10-0 in the fourth, with RB Sony Michel scoring the game winning TD late in the fourth quarter.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski would extend the lead with under two minutes remaining, leading to the final score of 13-3.
As for the Rams, QB Jared Goff struggled in his first appearance in a Super Bowl in his young career. He completed half of his passes, throwing for 229 yards, but his late interception to CB Stephon Gilmore ended up sealing the game for New England. The interception was indicative of Goff’s performance as he missed open pass attempts and struggled under pressure throughout his entire performance.
Todd Gurley also struggled to find his regular season form, carrying only 10 times for 35 yards.
WR Brandin Cooks was a lone bright spot for the Rams offense as he caught eight passes for an impressive 120 yards.
The Super Bowl was not the offensive performance that many expected, let alone one of the lowest-scoring contests in Super Bowl history. Brady was credited for winning his sixth Super Bowl title, but the Pats defense stepped up when it needed to, shutting down one of the top offenses this season.
The belief that the Saints would have had a much better game than the Rams was immediately brought to fruition after the game’s result, but the 2018-2019 NFL season reached its conclusion on Sunday, and a familiar taste is left in the mouth of NFL fans heading into the offseason, a Patriots Super Bowl title defense heading into next season.