Sportorial: Pats Defeat Rams in Superbowl LIII

The official logo of the Los Angeles Rams football team

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The official logo of the Los Angeles Rams football team

Chad Laurence, Staff Writer

On Feb. 3, The New England Patriots faced the Los Angeles Rams in Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta Georgia. It’s the 53rd Super Bowl to date and it was not one of the more exciting ones. Coming in as two of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL, it was expected to be a high scoring affair. Many were expecting more points than last year’s Eagles Superbowl win, but this was not the case as Super Bowl LIII was the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever.

The Rams were not unexpected to reach the championship, but the way they won to get to the big game was certainly surprising. Heading in to the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans to play the Saints, many analysts gave them little chance to win against the almost unbeatable Saints at home. With the game coming down to the wire and the Saints driving down the field to take the lead, and maybe the NFC Championship, a questionable no call forced a field goal instead of a touchdown and may have ultimately cost the Saints chance at the Super Bowl. The Pats are the most familiar to this stage, specifically Tom Brady. Heading into their seventh straight AFC Championship, they had their eyes set on their third consecutive Super Bowl Appearance. The hill was a high one to climb, as the MVP of the league, Patrick Mahomes, was sitting across on the other side of the field. The Pats roared out of the gates and led 14-0 at halftime en route to another Super Bowl. But the Chiefs were not going to go down without a fight. A huge fourth quarter forced the game into overtime and virtually the game was put into the hands of the coin toss. This was the case as the Pats won the toss and drove right down the field and right into Super Bowl LIII.

So, the stage is set. The dynasty, led by the greatest QB of all time in Brady, and the greatest coach of all time in Bill Belichick, vs. the young guns in QB Jared Goff, 24, and head coach Sean McVey, 33. There was one twist on the game, though. The team who has been here for three straight years were not the favorites. The team who snuck out of their NFC Championship game was favored over one of the greatest dynasties in sports history.

The talk leading up to the game all week was how the young Sean McVey and Jared Goff would handle the pressure of such a big stage. Patriots players are on record of saying that Goff will bleep his pants if we put the game in his hands. They were right. The high scoring offense was shut down by Belichick’s defense. The Rams could not move the ball at all and started the game with eight straight punts. One did set the NFL record for longest punt in Super Bowl history. Brady and the Pats were able to move the ball much better than the Rams, but they were unable to get touchdowns. At the end of the first half, Brady had 160 passing yards and the Rams had a total of 57 yards. The first half ended with a score of 3-0, thanks to the leg of Stephen Gostkowski. This was the first time in McVey’s career that he had been shut out at half. The second half was not better. The Rams were able to get a 42 yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to tie the game up at three in the third quarter. With the exception of that time, their drives would stall and they were forced to punt. This would be all the offense that the Rams would see this game. The same went for the Pats until a huge pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski set them up on the one yard line. A touchdown run by rookie RB Sony Michel gave the Pats a 10-3 lead. This is all that they needed as a late push by the Rams was ended with an interception by corner back Stephon Gilmore. A field goal by the Patriots sealed the deal and gave them their sixth championship in team history and Brady the most Super Bowl wins of all-time. The Patriots dynasty continues and we all know that the league is in trouble because until Brady and Belichick retire, the Pats will continue to win.