By William Hathaway
On Feb. 3, the New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history, shutting down the high scoring Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Super Bowl 53 will go down as the lowest scoring big game in history, netting only 16 points. As he has over the past 17 years, quarterback Tom Brady lead the Pats, passing 21-35 for 262 yards and one interception. However, this time he would not take home the MVP trophy, as it went to wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught 10 of Brady’s passes for 162 yards.
For the first three quarters, the score was tied 3-3, with New England getting a field goal from Stephen Gostkowski and LA getting one from Greg Zuerlein. After a defensive lockdown, Brady finally got a big play, tossing a ball to tight end Ron Gronkowski inside the Rams’ 3 yard line. From there, running back Sony Michel would score a 2 yard touchdown that would ultimately be the only one in the game.
LA QB Jared Goff struggled all day, with nonstop pressure from the Patriots defense. On his best chance to score, he threw an interception to cornerback Stephon Gilmore. From there, Gostkowski would tack on another field goal late, and with Zuerlein missing one after, the game was over.
With the sixth Super Bowl crown, the Patriots are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history. Brady now stands alone with the most title wins with six, breaking a tie with Charles Haley. Head coach Bill Belichick has won his sixth as a head coach, but eighth overall, with two as a New York Giants coordinator. He will need a new defensive coordinator for his Pats however, as Brian Flores will now be the Miami Dolphins’ head coach. Meanwhile, Rams head coach Sean McVay, the youngest to ever coach in the big game, will need a new QB coach, as Zac Taylor will now lead the Cincinnati Bengals.
In other NFL news, the Hall of Fame announced its newest members, and they include former New York Jets center Kevin Mawae, record breaking tight end Tony Gonzalez, former Patriots cornerback Ty Law, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, and cornerback Champ Bailey.