In 2019, the New England Patriots floor their way to history, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, to place a record-equalling 6th NFL title. Both teams had previously played in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 — when the Rams were still 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 match that never reached any great heights, the Patriots dominated play and may have won by many 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 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 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 past two seasons heralding the arrival of a new era of football — where crime was searching a setback to the old adage which teams ultimately must win championships . The old adage prevailed.
The Patriots set up their’past vs the future’ battle with the 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 their part, the Rams took out a controversial 26-23 overtime win over arguably the best team in the NFL at 2018-19, the New Orleans Saints, aided by a doubtful call by the officers in the final minutes of regulation time.
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