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Patriots Capture 6th Super Bowl Title, Control Rams 13-3

February 03, 2019 - 10:34 pm

By Joe Schiller 

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots were destined to go down as one of the greatest dynasties of all time no matter the result of tonight’s game but this only furthered that notion.

It was an ugly and frankly boring defensive matchup throughout the better part of four quarters but for the sixth time, the Patriots are hoisting a Lombardi trophy. This time, it comes in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

The Patriots now tie the Steelers for the most Super Bowls in NFL history.

The game couldn’t have started off worse for the Patriots. Brady’s first pass was tipped and picked off by Corey Littleton. On the following drive, Stephen Gostkowski’s 46-yard field goal missed just left.

Offensive struggles were soon combated by an impressive defensive performance from Brian Flores’ unit. They forced six consecutive punts in the first half, holding the Rams offense to 57 total yards.

Gostkowski’s 42-yard field goal gave the Patriots a slim 3-0 halftime lead as fans were left consuming more coffee than alcoholic beverages to stay awake.

Jared Goff finished 19-of-38 for 229 yards and one interception. The second-year quarterback struggled in the spotlight and was constantly pressured in the pocket.

Todd Gurley was completely absent from the offensive game plan, totaling just 35 rushing yards on 10 carries. Offensive struggles continued for the Rams out of halftime before Greg Zuerlein connected on a 53-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 2:11 left in the third quarter.

As dry as the game was, it came down to the wire in the fourth quarter – the fitting scenario for Tom Brady. And like we’ve seen time and time again, No. 12 led his team to a touchdown when it mattered most.

Brady found Rob Gronkowski on a 29-yard touch pass and one play later, Sony Michel barreled his way into the end zone from two yards out to give the Patriots a 10-3 lead.

Julian Edelman was far and away the best player on the field Sunday night and earned MVP honors. After being suspended for the first four games of the regular season, Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards in the most important game of them all.

The Rams secondary couldn’t find an answer for the tough, gritty wide receiver and he made them pay.

Gostkowski’s 41-yard field goal with just over one minute left to play gave the Patriots a 13-3 lead and sealed their winning fate.

After the offensive explosion we saw this season, it’s only fitting the final game of the 2018-2019 season ended in a display of defensive brilliance.