Super Bowl LIII: Second Quarter Observations Between Patriots and Rams

* Julian Edelman is the MVP of the game thus far, as the Pats have found a weakness in the Rams, that being corner Aqib Talib. Thus far it’s been a pitch and catch show between Brady and Edleman, as he’s got seven catches for 93 yards.

* With nothing going for the Rams offense, Johnny Hekker has been busy, with six punts already. He’s putting up 44.5 yards per punt, and four of his punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line.

* The Pats defense has been the story, as the Rams have not run the ball whatsoever, with just 25 yards on eight carries as a team. Todd Gurley has been a complete non-factor with three carries for 10 yards.

* With 77 yards, it will be up to Sean McVay and Zac Taylor to try and come up with some ways to stretch the field and be able to get the ball downfield. The game plan at this point clearly is not working.

* The Rams defense has stepped up as well, as they have made some good plays against Brady despite allowing 19:52 in time of possession to just 10:08 for the Rams.

* The two teams combined are 2-for-13 in third down conversions, the Pats are 2-for-7 in the first half, while the Rams are 0-for-6.

* Patriots have 12 first downs in the first half – the Rams just two. Ouch.

* The Rams are doing whatever they can to get pressure on Tom Brady, and while they have the one sack they have done a solid job on the wide outs (other than Edelman) and have held Gronk to 40 yards on four catches, including holding him on a fourth down play that could have led to more Pats points.

* As usual, credit Bill Belichick and the Pats coaches that have held the Rams offense to next to nothing in the first half.

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