Super Bowl LIII: What you might have missed

Anthony Paoli, Staff Writer

Putting his stamp on the game of football as the greatest of all time, the Patriots’ Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl ring, becoming the only player in the history of the National Football League to win six Super Bowls.

With their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta, Georgia, the Patriots have now won three Super Bowls in the last five years. They have now tied the Pittsburgh Steelers with six Super Bowl wins, the most in NFL history.

With two high powered offenses, many predicted this game to be a high scoring affair. However, it turned out to be just the opposite. It took until the second quarter until any team was able to put points on the board when Patriots kicker Stephan Gostkowski finally made a field goal to put his team up 3-0. The rest of the second quarter passed without another score, making Super Bowl LIII the second lowest halftime score in the history of the Super Bowl.

The third quarter was much of the same as it wasn’t until two minutes left in the quarter when the Rams’ kicker Greg Zuerlein nailed a 53 yard field goal to tie te game at three a piece.

Entering the fourth quarter tied, it was the Patriots who eventually got the first touchdown of the game. Rookie running back, Sony Michel, punched the ball in from the two yard line with seven minutes remaining in the game.

The Rams were starting to drive the field, something they struggled to do all game up to this point. Then, on a second and ten play from the 27 yard line, Jared Goff heaved up a ball as he was falling back with pressure in his face. The ball fell short of his intended receiver Brandin Cooks and landed right in the arms of Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore. With 4 minutes left, the game was all but over.

The Patriots were able to run the clock down, handing the ball off to Michel over and over, exploiting the Rams suspect run defense. The Patriots drove the entire length of the field before Gostkowski hit another field goal with a minute remaining, making it a 13-3 game, and putting the game out of reach for the Rams.

The 13-3 final score was a Super Bowl record low of 16 points, beating the previous record of 21, held by the Dolphins vs Redskins.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP after the game. Edelman was one of the few offensive bright spots in the entire game. He finished with 10 catches for 141 yards and was Tom Brady’s go to guy whenever a big play was needed.

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