New England Patriots Beat Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII

Julian Edelman named Super Bowl MVP

By: Jonathan Chan

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night.

The future Hall of Famer had the ball in his hands as time expired, as the Patriots tied the Steelers for the most Super Bowls in NFL history.

With the victory, Bill Belichick becomes the oldest head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl at the age of 66.

Julian Edelman was the Patriots’ best player and deserved his Super Bowl MVP award. The receiver finished with 10 catches for 141 yards.

It was a defensive game all the way through, becoming the first Super Bowl in history with no touchdowns through the first three quarters.

Sony Michel broke the touchdown drought at 7:00 of the fourth quarter, punching in a two-yard touchdown to take a 10-3 lead. Michel finished the game with 94 yards on 18 carries. The first year running back out of Georgia set the record for most playoff touchdowns by a rookie, with six and became the first Patriots rookie to score a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Michel’s TD came immediately after a spectacular 29-yard catch from Rob Gronkowski, who finished the game with six catches for 87 yards.

Brady struggled all night, completing just 21-of-35 passes for 262 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. Pressure from the Rams defensive line made it difficult for him to get into a rhythm. However, the four-time Super Bowl MVP came alive for the game-winning drive, completing multiple passes to Edelman and Gronkowski to set up the TD.

Jared Goff could not get much going for the Rams, completing 19 -of-38 passes for 229 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. Goff had under 100 yards passing through the first three quarters, finally passing the century mark on a dump off to C.J. Anderson early in the fourth.

Goff got Los Angeles into New England territory late in the game but threw an interception to Stephon Gilmore with 4:24 in the fourth. On the ensuing drive, New England proceeded to drive down the field and kick the game-sealing field goal with 1:12 remaining.

Todd Gurley was once again unable to get anything going gaining just 35 yards on 10 carries. His backfield mate Anderson gained 22 yards on seven carries.

Stephen Gostkowski opened the scoring, kicking a 42-yard field goal at 10:29 of the second quarter to give New England a 3-0 lead.

Los Angeles could not create any offense before somewhat coming alive on their third drive of the second half, doubling their first down count, before Greg Zuerlein tied the game at 3-3 with a 53-yard field goal with 2:11 remaining in the third.

The battle in the trenches did not disappoint, but in the end, Aaron Donald was unable to sack Brady. However, he was in his face on several plays and the pressure led Brady to underthrow several receivers on what should have been easy completions. 

The Patriots came out of the gates hot, gaining two first downs in their first four plays following a 38-yard kick return from Cordarelle Patterson. Brady ended threw an interception on a cross-field pass intended for Chris Hogan. It was the first time in his postseason career Brady has thrown an interception on his first passing attempt.

Edelman dominated the first half, catching seven passes for 93 yards. Brady did not look good, throwing several poorly thrown balls including the interception to Corey Littleton on his first attempt. New England left at least three points on the field, with Gostkowski missing a 46-yard field goal.

The first half was uneventful for the Rams, gaining just 57 total yards and two first downs on six first-half possessions. Contrary to what Sean McVay said all week long, Gurley was limited early, getting just three carries in the first half.

 

Both defenses were excellent in the first half, with the Rams limiting the Patriots to three points despite their 9:46 advantage in time of possession. New England pressured Goff early and often, sacking the third-year QB twice as the Rams were shut-out in the first half for the first time under Sean McVay.