In 2019, the New England Patriots ground their way to history, beating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, to place a record-equalling 6th NFL title. Both teams had played in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 — if the Rams were based in St Louis — with a young rookie quarterback named Tom Brady leading the Patriots to an upset victory.
Nearly a generation later, at a defensive game that never reached any great heights, the Patriots dominated play and may well have won by a lot more. However, in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time, New England did enough, and got the work done to offer now-veteran quarterback, Tom Brady his 6th championship, the most of any player in NFL history. Coach Bill Belichick also made history, winning his Super Bowl ring — two as a coach for the New York Giants and six as the Patriots’ Head Coach.
Superbowl LIII was a mismatch in many ways. In 32 and 24 respectively, Rams’ coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff were up against wily veterans in Belichick and Brady. The Rams duo spent the previous two seasons heralding the coming of a new age of soccer — where crime was searching a blow to the old adage that teams ultimately must win championships with defence. At some point, the old adage prevailed.
The Patriots set up their’past versus the long run’ battle with the AFC Championship title victory using a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the only other team that outplayed the Rams from the 2018-19 season. For his part, the Rams took a controversial 26-23 overtime win over arguably the best team in the NFL at 2018-19, the New Orleans Saints, aided by a doubtful call by the officers at the final minutes of regulation time.
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