In 2019, the New England Patriots floor 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. Both teams had played in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 — if the Rams were still based in St Louis — with a young rookie quarterback named Tom Brady leading the Patriots to an upset victory.
Almost a generation later, at a defensive match that never reached any fantastic heights, the Patriots dominated play and could 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 also made history, winning his Super Bowl ring — two as a defensive coach for the New York Giants and six as the Patriots’ Head Coach.
Superbowl LIII was a mismatch in so many ways. At 32 and 24 respectively, Rams’ coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff were up against wily specialists in Belichick and Brady. The Rams duo spent the previous two seasons heralding the arrival of a new era of football — where crime was seeking 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 vs the future’ clash with an AFC Championship title victory using a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the only other team that outplayed the Rams in the 2018-19 season. For his part, the Rams took out a contentious 26-23 overtime win over arguably the best team in the NFL in 2018-19, the New Orleans Saints, aided with a doubtful call by the officials in the final minutes of regulation time.
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