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For Brady, Patriots, it’s one for the thumb

Posted by Eric Fisher On February 3

Their sixth championship wasn’t a masterpiece, but the Patriots aren’t complaining.

Only one touchdown was scored during Super Bowl LIII, but that was enough for the Patriots to prevail against the Rams, 13-3, and claim their sixth Super Bowl title.

Sunday’s victory was historic for several reasons. The Patriots tied the Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories by one franchise. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the first player to win six Super Bowls. Bill Belichick moved into a tie with George Halas and Curley Lambeau for the most NFL championships by a head coach. Belichick, 66, also became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.

The game was also historic because the combined 16 points are the fewest in Super Bowl history. That was surprising because the Rams and Patriots ranked second and fourth, respectively, in points scored this season.

Although the Patriots shut down the Rams offense, they weren’t able to take advantage of their opportunities against the Rams’ excellent defense. The Patriots entered halftime clinging to a 3-0 lead. The Rams tied the score on Greg Zuerlein’s 53-yard field goal with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter.

Brady couldn’t get much going against the Rams, but, when the fourth quarter rolls around, Brady is still Brady. HE completed all four of his pass attempts for 67 yards during a five-play, 69-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter. Brady’s passes, including a 29-yarder to tight end Rob Gronkowski in double coverage moved the ball to the 2-yard line. Rookie Sony Michel scored on a 2-yard run with exactly 7 minutes remaining for the game’s only touchdown.

The Rams responded with their best drive of the game, but, one play after Jared Goff nearly connected on a 27-yard pass in the end zone to Brandin Cooks, Stephon Gilmore intercepted a similar pass attempt to Cooks that floated in the air due to pressure on Goff.

Brady and the offense increased the Rams’ deficit by driving 72 yards, taking time off the clock and setting up Stephen Gostkowski’s 41-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining.

Receiver Julian Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards, including eight for first downs, and was named Super Bowl MVP. But it was the defense that played the largest role in the Patriots’ victory. Goff completed 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards, but a lot of that yardage came during the fourth quarter. Goff had just 52 yards passing during the first half. The Rams managed just 62 yards rushing for the entire game.

The victory wasn’t pretty, but the Patriots weren’t concerned about style points. All they cared about was wrapping up their sixth Super Bowl title, especially after the Eagles denied them that accomplishment last season.


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