It wasn’t the high-flying shootout that so many of us expected, but at the end of the day, the New England Patriots will take it.
The only scoring in the first half came on a 42-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski in the second quarter, as the two teams went into halftime with the Patriots leading, 3-0. The Rams tied it up after a 53-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to tie things at 3-3. Zuerlein’s field goal was the first 50+ yard field goal in a Super Bowl in 15 years, and would wind up being the only points the Rams would generate in this contest.
New England finally put a ball into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter, courtesy of a 1-yard touchdown run by Sony Michel. That made the score 10-3 in favor of New England. On the ensuing drive, it looked like the Rams might be able to answer, but Jared Goff threw what was probably his worst pass of the game, a pass that was picked off by Stephon Gilmore at the New England 4-yard line.
The Pats managed to run out most of the clock from there, and set up a 4th-and-inches deep in Rams territory. Rather than going for it, Belichick called on Gostkowski again, and he put one just inside the left upright from 41 yards out to provide the final margin for the Patriots.
The Most Valuable Player award went to Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman, who had a monster game for New England. He finished the night with 10 catches for 141 yards and seemed to be open whenever Brady needed him all night long.
So, the Patriots dynasty continues, as they win their sixth Super Bowl title, taking down the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, 13-3.
And now, it’s time to start looking forward to September. Or at least the NFL Draft in about 11 weeks.