Pats top Rams in Super Bowl LIII

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Pats top Rams in Super Bowl LIII

Photo from NFL, 2019

Photo from NFL, 2019

Photo from NFL, 2019

Ryan Levy, The Delphi Staff, Class of '19

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On Sunday, February 3rd, the New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

For the third year in a row, the Patriots have made it back to the Super Bowl led by star quarterback Tom Brady who was looking for Super Bowl win number 6. On the other side, the Rams were led by speedy running back Todd Gurley and defensive MVP Aaron Donald. The Rams were looking to make a comeback as they haven’t been in the Super Bowl since 2001 when they lost to no other than the New England Patriots. Knowing how successful Tom Brady has been over the years, it’s safe to say that the Los Angeles Rams were the underdogs in this matchup.

Most people (including myself) expected Tom Brady and the Pats to go off on an absolute tear within the first two quarters of the game, but that wasn’t the case. The first quarter provided nothing amusing as it ended with a score of 0-0. However, Tom Brady’s first pass of the game resulted in an interception by Ram’s linebacker Corey Littleton. This seemed to light a spark for the Ram’s offense, but it didn’t lead to any points going on the board. The second quarter wasn’t much different other than the Patriots scoring a field goal from kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Going into halftime, the New England Patriots were on top 3-0. With both teams being unable to score a touchdown, the second half provided a different outcome in dramatic fashion.

In the third quarter, the defenses were strong, but this time, the Rams were able to break through with a field goal by kicker Greg Zuerlein. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the New England Patriots’ rookie Sony Michael scored the first and only touchdown of the game. With just under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Patriots were on top by a score of 10-3. Still having a shot at redemption, Jarred Goff was able to lead his receivers to the 27 yard line. Now, with almost four minutes left in the game, a the Rams needed a touchdown to keep their Super Bowl winning chances alive. Unfortunately, cornerback Stephon Gilmore’s interception of Goff made these chances very slim as the defense needed to keep New England from scoring any more points. The defense was unable to do this as another field goal from Stephen Gostkowski sealed the win for the Patriots with a score of 13-3.

With this win, the Patriots, and Tom Brady, have earned their sixth Super Bowl Championship. A stellar performance by wide receiver Julian Edelman, who had 10 catches and 141 yards, led him to be named the game MVP despite not scoring a touchdown. Although it was an uninteresting game, Super Bowl LIII was most definitely a historical one. Rams coach Sean McVay was the youngest person to ever coach a Super Bowl, Rams punter Johnny Hekker punted for 65 yards, which is the longest punt in Super Bowl history, and the 13-3 outing was the lowest score for a Super Bowl game. Although it was a tough loss to a very tough team, the Rams are looking to redeem themselves next season and hope to come out on top.