The Recent England Patriots produced a defensive masterclass to beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 and equal Pittsburgh Steelers’ epic of six Massive Bowl titles.
The victory also gave Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a sixth Massive Bowl ring – an outright epic for an particular person player, eclipsing the label he shared with Charles Haley.
Invoice Belichick – the most worthwhile coach in Massive Bowl history and now, at 66, the oldest man to amass it – all but again came up with the most attention-grabbing gameplan in Atlanta as the Patriots stifled a Rams offence that averaged 32.9 ingredients per recreation in the humble season.
The defensive strength of every aspect resulted in the bottom-scoring Massive Bowl of all time, with the 16 total ingredients scored conveniently below the outdated epic of 21, situation as Miami defeated Washington 14-7 in 1973.
The rating used to be upright 3-0 till slack in the third quarter thru Stephen Gostkowski’s 42-yard field goal.
The Patriots’ defence piled the stress on 24-year-oldschool quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams had to punt from their first eight possessions. Sean McVay’s aspect lastly obtained their offence transferring in the third and drew level thru a fifty three-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein.
Nonetheless Brady lofted a excellent 34-yard dash to Pick Gronkowski to situation up Sony Michel to burrow over the road for the game’s most attention-grabbing landing with seven minutes left. Gostkowski added gloss with a slack field goal as the Patriots floor out a exhausting-fought occupy.
“It used to be a whimsical year, we fought thru it extra than the leisure,” acknowledged 41-year-oldschool Brady. “They [the Rams] played so well, their defence used to be giant, they made it tricky on each play.”
Sooner than the game the American Nationwide Anthem used to be performed by legendary soul singer Gladys Knight, whereas the worn half-time notify duties fell to Maroon 5, whose situation alongside Travis Scott and Huge Boi met with most attention-grabbing a lukewarm reception.
- Relive the Patriots’ historical occupy
- Maroon 5’s Massive Bowl notify fails to make a decision fire
- Male cheerleaders feature at Massive Bowl for first time
Brady all but again recovers from gradual delivery
Brady used to be struggling as a lot as Goff in the early stages as the Rams produced a sequence of defensive plays that clearly fazed the oldschool.
For the most indispensable time all season, Brady threw an interception on the Patriots’ opening drive and he used to be forced to name two timeouts to relieve him adjust to the Rams’ gameplan.
Brady has made a behavior of recuperating from a gradual begins in Massive Bowls – in the nine he and Belichick grasp reached together, the Pats grasp scored upright three first-quarter ingredients – and once he made the wanted changes, the improvements came.
And after Brady picked out a 25-yard dash to Julian Edelman, later named the game’s Most powerful player, Gostkowski’s field goal from 42 yards opened the scoring.
Certainly, if it used to be no longer for the stable hands of Edelman there would barely were any offence to talk of in the most indispensable half, with Brady in most cases hitting his dash-to man as the wide receiver moved into 2nd space on the all-time list of put up-season NFL receiving yards.
And even supposing the Rams lastly obtained a foothold in the game thanks to Zuerlein’s field goal, Brady took control when it mattered most, orchestrating the game-worthwhile drive midway thru the closing quarter.
He chanced on Edelman once and Gronkowski twice – the professional pair en path to combining for 228 of Recent England’s 262 receiving yards – sooner than rookie working attend Michel punched in his sixth landing of the put up-season.
Massive Bowl MVP – Julian Edelman (Patriots)
Goff feels the warmth in Atlanta
Though the Rams’ defence posed Brady some early considerations, the Patriots had also managed to shut down the Rams’ working recreation, striking the impetus on Goff, 24, to search out a resolution thru the air.
Nonetheless the most indispensable half performed with the Rams having claimed most attention-grabbing two first downs and 57 yards of offence, having been in possession nearly half so long as the Pats – upright over 10 minutes when when compared with the Pats’ 19 minutes and 52 seconds.
It may perchance were even worse. Dont’a Hightower will have to grasp claimed an interception from the very first play of the 2nd half, sooner than a pair of runs from Todd Gurley – so spectacular in the humble season but anonymous in the play-offs – lastly gave the Rams some respite.
Nonetheless from their next possession Goff used to be forced to throw out of bounds from his grasp waste zone and it used to be no longer till there used to be no longer as a lot as five minutes last in the third quarter that the Rams managed to rework on third down for the most indispensable time.
Goff spotted Brandin Cooks originate accurate thru that drive, upright for Jason McCourty to manufacture a a truly powerful sort out as Cooks attempted to manufacture the select deep in the pinnacle zone, even supposing the Rams gained some reward with Zuerlein’s field goal.
And even after Michel put the Pats attend in entrance, the Rams can grasp hit straight attend with a landing had Cooks held on to a 24-yard dash into the nook, but Goff tried a identical dash along with the next play and Stephon Gilmore intercepted to deal a fatal, decisive blow.
‘It kills. It hurts’ – what they acknowledged
Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick: “It is candy. All individuals counted us out, from the starting of the season to midseason, but we’re unruffled right here.”
Rams head coach Sean McVay: “I’m subtle numb upright now. Positively I obtained out-coached, and I didn’t abolish on the subject of ample for our football team.”
Patriots wide receiver and MVP Julian Edelman: “It wasn’t subtle, but I’m going to take grasp of that dreary occupy over a subtle loss any day.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: “I’m so happy for my team-mates. Here’s a dream arrive only for all of us.”
Rams quarterback Jared Goff: “It kills. It hurts… It hurts me shiny how well our defence played, in opposition to that team, in opposition to Tom, and us no longer conserving up our waste of the cut price. It is our job to rating ingredients and we didn’t abolish that tonight.”
Fewest touchdowns, longest punt – the most indispensable stats in numbers
- 1 – fewest touchdowns scored in a Massive Bowl
- 6 – Massive Bowls gained by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Invoice Belichick. Every are recordsdata
- 13 – fewest ingredients scored by a worthwhile team in Massive Bowl history
- 32.9 – life like ingredients scored by the Rams in the humble season
- 41 – Brady is the oldest player to delivery, and to amass, a Massive Bowl
- 65 – yards, longest punt in Massive Bowl history by Rams’ Johnny Hekker
- 66 – Belichick is the oldest coach to amass a Massive Bowl
- 141 – total receiving yards for MVP Julian Edelman
- 199 – Take grasp of of the 2000 draft worn to model Brady to the Patriots
- 237 – profession NFL wins for Brady, the most ever, overtaking oldschool Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri
What of the Massive Bowl half-time notify?
Comets, drones, marching bands and Spongebob Squarepants: Maroon 5’s Massive Bowl half-time notify had all the pieces… other than an emotional connection, writes BBC Song reporter Price Savage.
The LA band delivered an intriguing, breathless history of their excellent hits – from This Delight in to Ladies Delight in You – but in contrast to the copious pyrotechnics, their situation didn’t select fire.
Singer Adam Levine threw himself into the notify, shedding to his knees, bashing out guitar solos and working up and down the M-formed stage – however the band tried to cram in too a lot fabric (nine songs in 13 minutes) to make a coherent, palatable notify.
It didn’t relieve that they’d to manufacture room for rapper Travis Scott, who arrived on stage by “break-landing” in a comet, and native star Huge Boi, formerly of Outkast, who drove onto the field to build Kryptonite and I Delight in The Draw You Transfer.
Be taught extra of Price’s half-time notify file.