Patriots Outlast, Outperform Rams in Superbowl Rematch

Jack Horan, Staff Writer

Super Bowl 53 has come and gone, a defensive battle between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots.The Patriots came out on top, defeating the Rams 13-3 and making quarterback Tom Brady the most successful Super Bowl player of all time with his sixth ring.

With this Super Bowl victory, Bill Belichick became the oldest coach to ever win the Super Bowl and Brady became the oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Brady now has more Super Bowl rings than 30 NFL teams.

The game started off slow and was a defensive battle from the start. During the first drive, Brady’s pass was intercepted by Rams cornerback Cory Littleton. When the Patriots got the ball back after a Rams punt, kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 43-yard field goal, which was the first field goal ever missed in the Mercedes Benz Dome.

The game was scoreless after the first quarter, and remained scoreless until 12:29 in the second quarter when Stephen Gostkowski successfully completed a 42-yard field goal. There were no other scores during the first half, which concluded the lowest scoring half in Super Bowl history.

The halftime show was highlighted by one moment: when Spongebob introduced Travis Scott which led to him singing his popular song “Sicko Mode.” Maroon 5, and OutKast member Big Boi also performed at the Super Bowl halftime show, which was not very popular to many fans.

But as always the commercials were the star of the Super Bowl. The Bud Light commercials were perhaps the most entertaining and amusing, with the Corn Syrup joke with other beer companies and the announcement for the last season of Game of Thrones and a commercial commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the NFL, showing the past and the present stars of the NFL was also very fun to watch.

The third quarter of the game was more of the same. With 2:11 left in the third quarter the Rams finally put points on the board with kicker Greg Zuerlein nailing a 52-yard field goal to tie the game 3-3

But as the fourth quarter approached, the game leaned heavily towards the Patriots. With 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter the first touchdown of the game was finally scored.  Sony Michel ran two yards for a touchdown to end a successful drive with catches from tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman. And the Rams didn’t have a great response to the score, as Jared Goff was picked off by Stephon Gilmore with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Patriots iced the game with a 41-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.

As the clock hit zero, the Patriots were Super Bowl champions, tying the Steelers record with six Super Bowl wins. The Super Bowl MVP was Julian Edelman who had 10 catches for 141 yards including some key catches late into the game.

This Super Bowl was the lowest scoring Super Bowl in history and was certainly a historic one with Brady and Belichick securing their place in NFL history. Experience played a major role for the Patriots who looked ready and confident from the start while the Rams looked nervous.

The Super Bowl was heavily criticized by fans because of the lack of scoring and the poor offensive play by both teams. “This Super Bowl was a total dud, both Brady and Goff sucked,” junior Vincent Du said. “It was just way too boring to watch.”

Though many fans were arguing about who should have been in the Super Bowl, one thing is clear: Tom Brady is the most dominant playoff player in NFL history.