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 place 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.
Almost a generation later, at a defensive game that never reached any great heights, the Patriots dominated play and could have won by a lot more. However, in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time, New England did 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 8th 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 arrival of a new age of football — where crime was seeking a setback to the old adage which teams finally must win championships with defence. Eventually, 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 from the 2018-19 season. 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, aided with a doubtful call by the officials at the final minutes of regulation time.
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