In 2019, the New England Patriots ground their way to history, beating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, to post a record-equalling 6th NFL title. The two teams had previously played in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 — when 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 fantastic heights, the Patriots dominated play and may well have won by many more. However, in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time, New England failed enough, and got the work done to give now-veteran quarterback, Tom Brady his 6th championship, the most of any player in NFL history. Coach Bill Belichick 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. At 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 era of soccer — where crime was seeking a setback to the old adage which teams ultimately must win championships with defence. The old adage prevailed.
The Patriots set up their’past vs the future’ battle with the AFC Championship title success with a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the only other team that outplayed the Rams from the 2018-19 year old. For his part, the Rams took a contentious 26-23 overtime win over arguably the best team in the NFL at 2018-19, the New Orleans Saints, assisted by a doubtful call by the officers at the closing minutes of regulation time.
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