Some fans were bored with how Super Bowl LIII played out, but by the end it was a day for defense and clutch plays by the Patriots, who took care of business by winning their 6th Super Bowl title with a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
It was typical Bill Belichick, coming up with a game plan to put the squeeze on the high powered Rams offense, holding them to just one field goal and a total of 260 yards and 14 first downs.
The Patriots also held the Rams to just 3-of-13 on third downs, stopping them time and time again when it mattered the most.
The grumbling from the fans came from the fact that the game was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl to date, beating out Super Bowl VII, when Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins by a score of 14–7 in January 1973.
The game came down to the fourth quarter tied 3-3 after the Pats led the game 3-0 at the half.
In the final 15 minutes the Pats outscored the Rams 10-0, with rookie running back Sony Michel scoring on a 2-yard run with roughly 7 minutes remaining to give the Patriots a 10-3 lead.
Pats kicker Stephen Gostkowski sealed the win with a field goal late in the fourth quarter to make it a 13-3 game.
The winning drive for the Pats was beautifully done by QB Tom Brady, as he completed four consecutive passes to set up Michel’s touchdown plunge.
The drive opened with an 18-yard catch by Rob Gronkowski, who added a 29-yard diving catch at the two.
The MVP of the low scoring affair was Julian Edelman, who had a game-high 10 catches for a game-high 141 yards, many of them coming on third downs.
Brady, the 41-year old quarterback, threw for 262 yards and overcame an opening possession interception to be solid the rest of the way, not turning the ball over.
New England held the ball for 33:10, as they wore down the tough Rams defense with a mix of running the ball and going downfield often with Edelman being the star of the night.
As for the Rams, their offense was just not in sync, partially due to how good the Patriots defense played, throwing various looks at Jared Goff and company.
When the Rams did have their chances, they missed on them, like wide out Brandin Cooks, who had a chance at two touchdown catches, both of which hit his hands, although both of which would have required remarkable efforts.
Goff was off most of the night, and threw a critical pick down 10-3 on a 2nd-and-10 throw from the Patriots’ 27-yard line with a bit more than four minutes remaining, killing the best chance at a touchdown for the Rams.
“We fought through it more than anything,” Brady said. “What an unbelievable year.”