If you’re a New England Patriot, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick fan, a minority, you’re ecstatic, appreciative of Sunday’s Super Bowl game. If not, you’re among the haters, the majority of football fans who are tired of the Patriots’ dominance of post season play, their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, their nine AFC Championships/Super Bowl appearances since 2001 and their six overall Super Bowl wins during this period of time.
Sunday’s low-scoring but monumental 13-3 victory, making Belichick, 66, the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl, closed out a New England season in which Brady, 41, defeated one of the potential stars of the future, after defeating another one the week before. He beat two of the NFL’s youngest, top ranked millennial quarterbacks back-to-back to attain another Super Bowl win.
The two in question are the Los Angeles Rams’ Jarod Goff, appearing in his first Super Bowl on Sunday, ranked third in offense during the regular season, and Patrick Mahomes, appearing in his first AFC Championship for the Kansas City Chiefs the week before. Mahomes was voted league MVP in only his second year as a player and first year as a starter after leading KC to a second place offensive ranking.
Although the Rams amassed 527 points during the season, 32.9 in 16 games, 19.7 during the post season, they could only score a field goal in the third quarter against New England’s defense.
It was a game of defense on both sides, a total of one touchdown and three field goals from both teams combined. New England had scored 41 post season points against the Los Angeles Chargers and 37 against the Chiefs.
The Rams totaled 30 post season points against the Dallas Cowboys and 26 against the New Orleans Saints.
“The defense played the best game of the year,” said Brady about his team. And so did the Rams.
Los Angeles didn’t allow New England into the Red Zone until 7:36 into the fourth quarter. A 29-yard pass from Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski (6 receptions, 87 yards) to the Rams’ 2-yard line finished off by an up the middle touchdown run by rookie Sony Michel. One of his most important of his 18 carries (94 yards) this day.
But overall, it was timely catches by Pats receiver Julius Edelman, the game’s MVP, that moved New England down field.
With only 10 receptions, 141 yards, the Brady to Edelman combination was key to New England’s sixth Super Bowl win. Efficient describes it.
For Edelman, “It just matters that we won,” he said.