In 2019, the New England Patriots ground their way to history, defeating 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 based in St Louis — with a young rookie quarterback named Tom Brady leading the Patriots to an upset victory.
Nearly a generation later, in a defensive game that never reached any great 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 offer now-veteran quarterback, Tom Brady his 6th championship, the most of any player in NFL history. Coach Bill Belichick made history, winning his 8th 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. In 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 age of soccer — where offense was searching a setback to the old adage that teams finally must win championships . The old adage prevailed.
The Patriots set up their’past vs the future’ battle with the AFC Championship title victory 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 their 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, assisted with a doubtful call by the officers in the closing minutes of regulation time.
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