Article by Justin Imler
Super Bowl 53 surely wasn't what most people expected by any means. I don't think i've seen that many punts in an NFL game in entire my life, but when it was all said and done, the New England Patriots came out victorious with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. This was the Patriots' and Tom Brady's sixth Super Bowl title, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers with the most Super Bowl wins in the NFL.
A lot of people, including myself, picked the Patriots to win the matchup, but I don't think anyone predicted it would happen in the fashion that it did last night. Overall it was a defensive battle the whole way, with a score of 3-3 heading into the final quarter of the season. To me it just seemed like both offenses were uncomfortable from the very beginning. Brady threw his only interception on his very first pass of the game, and Jared Goff just couldn't get into a groove.
One of the few standouts on offense was Julian Edelman who caught 10 catches for a game high 141 yards, thus winning him his first Super Bowl MVP. Some other key performances from the Patriots side was Sony Michel running the ball 18 times for 94 yards and the games only touchdown. Rob Gronkowski also had 6 catches for 87 yards, including a 30 yard reception late in the forth quarter which lead to the Michel go-ahead touchdown.
On the Rams side of the ball there wasn't too many standouts on offense. The defense was the key to keeping them in the game which was led by linebacker Cory Littleton who had 6 tackles and the game's only turnover, an interception on the opening drive. Like I already mentioned it just seemed like the Rams' offense was out of sync the whole game. Goff only completed 19 of his 38 pass attempts for 229 yards and 1 interception. Todd Gurley had 10 rushes for 35 yards and CJ Anderson added 7 carries for 22 yards. Wide receivers Brandon Cooks and Robert Woods had solid performances with Cooks hauling in 8 catches for 120 yards and Woods catching 5 passes for 70 yards.
Even though this game was so low scoring, it still set several Super Bowl records. Some of the most interesting ones being lowest overall combined score (16 points), most consecutive drives ending in a punt (8 - Rams), fewest touchdowns scored (1), and Super Bowl LIII was the only Super Bowl in history to not have a touchdown in the first three quarters.
Now that the Super Bowl and the 2018-2019 season is officially over, a few lingering questions from these two teams remain.
Was this Rob Gronkowski's last game?
There has been speculation all season that this might be his last year, Super Bowl in hand or not, but we still don't know for sure. Gronk was asked about his future after the game and he said that answer will come within the coming weeks, but for now he was just going to celebrate with his teammates. If you ask me I think he'll end up calling it a career. He's made several comments throughout the season saying things like he's isn't sure what his future holds, and that his body has taken a lot of damage over the years. No better way to go out than on top.
WHAT IS UP WITH TODD GURLEY?
I asked this question in my Super Bowl preview article and people, including myself, are more confused after this game than we were before it. The circumstances were very similar to the NFC Championship game; Gurley started the game, got stuffed on a few carries, then CJ Anderson comes in, still doesn't play all too well but there Gurley is, still on the sidelines. Is he injured? Is it all in his head? Or was this all McVay's call on who to play and when? We still don't know, but something has to be up because why else wasn't the best running back in football on the field the entire game?
Is this New England Patriots dynasty the best in all of sports, and how long will it last?
Every year people are out there saying the Patriots dynasty is over, and Brady is finally too old, but here we are, yet again at the end of the season with the Pats on top. I think I've come to terms saying, with confidence, that this New England Patriots dynasty is indeed the best in sports history. You can't argue what the combination of Brady, Belichick, and the ownership have done in this last decade and a half. They're simply in the Super Bowl conversation year after year with six victories to show for it. We simply have never seen anything like it. Plus Brady has come out and said he wants to play until he's 45, so after this year, how can anyone say it's coming to and end any time soon?
At the end of the day, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions again whether we like it or not. It's definitely well deserved and this upcoming offseason should be an interesting one to say the least, and you can bet that we'll be right here to cover the whole thing.
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