After four quarters of football, a Maroon 5 concert and a plethora of star-studded commercials, the NFL has a new champion, the New England Patriots.
The New England Patriots
The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams both advanced to Super Bowl 53 in overtime of their respective Conference Championship games. The Patriots dispatched Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs after the home team gave the ball to Tom Brady with far too much time left on the clock. The Patriots would them on to advance to their third straight consecutive Super Bowl.
The Rams on the other hand had a little more help from the officiating crew than the Patriots. A blown Defensive Pass Interference call late in the game would have given the New Orleans Saints the field position to drain the clock and kick a chip shot field goal. Instead, the Saints couldn’t capitalize and were sent to overtime, where they would fall to the Rams.
The game began slow, as the Patriots and Rams traded punts. Things looked rough for Tom Brady from the jump as his first passing attempt was tipped and subsequently picked off by Rams linebacker Cory Littleton.
Also slow from the jump was the Rams usage of Todd Gurley, who touched the ball on the opening play from the Rams, and then failed to see the field until the middle of the second quarter.
The Patriots broke the 0-0 tie in the second quarter when Stephen Gostkowski hit a 42-yard field goal and then got the ball back with just over two minutes left in the half. Up to this point in the game, the Patriots had 12 first down to the Rams 2.
Jared Goff looked about as uncomfortable as you can be when you’re getting pressured each snap. Connecting on only 5 of his 11 attempts through the air, for a measly 52 yards in the first half, Goff needed to wake up in the second half, as the Rams punted for
Thus ended the lowest scoring Super Bowl since Super Bowl IX.
Then Adam Levine reminded us that he’s the most talented Judge on The Voice.
After a lackluster third quarter, the Patriots finally crossed the goal line off a Tom Brady floater to Rob Gronkowski that should be hung in the Louvre. Sony Michel punched it in for 6, and the Patriots went up 10-3 in the Gostkowski extra point.
The ensuing drive from the Rams was the first time Jared Goff showed life in the game. And then he tossed an interception to Stephon Gilmore and that was all she wrote. A few more first down runs by Sony Michel and the Patriots were in the driver’s seat after a 41-yard attempt from Gostkowski went through the uprights. The 13-3 score would be enough to hold off the Rams.
Congratulations to the Patriots, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and all of Patriots nation!