The Dynasty Continues


Paul W

The Patriots celebrating their victory.

By Devin Tse

Super Bowl LIII was widely anticipated as a high scoring affair. The Los Angeles Rams were the second ranked offense in the regular season, while the New England Patriots were placed fifth.

The first quarter began with the Patriots dictating the tempo as their marched up the field with several run plays. A key interception by Rams linebacker Cory Littleton halted the Patriots first drive of the game.

The Rams offense would have an ineffective game as star running back Todd Gurley only had 10 carries which resulted in a mere 35 yards. The defense of the Patriots would apply pressure to Jared Goff as he was uncomfortable pocket. For Goff he struggled to find his rhythm as constant hits and sacks forced his team to have short time possession.

Tom Brady and the Patriots would also have their offensive struggles. Pressure from Aaron Donald and coverage by Aqib Talib made the offense shaky as they were unable to enter the red zone for the majority of the game. At the beginning of the second quarter, a 42 yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski gave the Patriots the early lead. For the remainder of the first half, both teams played relentless defense as they constantly punted away the ball.

The third quarter continued the trend of defense as both teams were unable to enter the red zone until 2:11 mark of the quarter. A 42 yard field goal by Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein tied the game at three apiece.

In the final quarter, a pivotal pass deep left to Rob Gronkowski established the Patriots at the two yard line. Moments after Sony Michel rushed for a touchdown, which gave his team a 10-3 advantage. On the ensuing drive, Goff led the his team down the field but was halted by an interception from Stephen Gilmore.

After another field by Stephen Gostkowski, the Patriots secured the lead for the remainder of the game. With the win, Tom Brady becomes the only player with six Super Bowl victories and the Patriots tied the Steelers for most Super Bowls overall.