Last night we got a great game, if you love defense, punting and virtually no offense. The Patriots took down the Rams 13-3 and Bill Belichick reminded the world he is the GOAT by severely out-coaching Sean McVay.
It was an extremely rough night for the Rams, especially QB Jared Goff. Goff was 19/38 for 229 yards, 0 TDs and what was basically the game sealing interception when the Rams were on their best drive of game and about to be in the red zone. Goff posted a 57.9 passer rating and was sacked 4 times. The Rams also could not get their run game going. Todd Gurley, who is clearly still hurt despite what the team says, had 10 carries for 35 yards. CJ Anderson has 7 carries for 22 yards, neither RB was able to get anything going. In the receiving game Brandin Cooks lead the way with 8 catches for 120 yards, Robert Woods had 5 catches for 70 yards and Josh Reynolds had 3 catches for 28 yards. The Rams explosive offense was completely shut down by the Pats defense who had their best game of the year. On defense Aaron Donald had 5 tackles, 0 sacks and 1 QB hit, a disappointing game for him. Suh and Fowler also had bad games, unable to touch Brady. Chris Littleton picked off Brady and Peters and Talib also played pretty well. The Rams defense did its part, but the offense did not.
The Patriots also didn’t play amazing on offense, but they did enough to get the job done. Tom Brady was 21/35 for 262 yards 0 TDs and 1 early INT. He was sacked once, the first of the whole playoffs, and posted a 71.4 passer rating. Brady did lead the team on a pivotal drive in the 4th which resulted in the only TD of the game. Brady connected with Gronk on 2 big plays leading to them getting to the 2 yard line before punching it in. Sony Michel, who scored that only TD, had 94 yards and 1 TD. Julian Edelman had 10 catches for 141 yards and Gronk had 6 catches for 87 yards. It wasn’t a great game offensively, but they did enough to get it done. On defense, Jonathan Jones, Kevin Van Noy and Dont’a Hightower (2) all had sacks. Stephon Gilmore had the pivotal INT late in the game and played well all game. This was a defensive battle and a coaching battle and Belichick definitely won that battle.
Julian Edelman took home the Super Bowl MVP and I agree with that. I was saying him or Sony Michel, but I’m fine with Edelman taking it. Gilmore also would’ve been a fine choice. Like I said earlier, Edelman posted 141 yards on 10 catches. After suffering a torn ACL and missing last year’s Super Bowl and being suspended the first four games of this year, what a story for Edelman. He was definitely the best player on offense for both teams and he deserved to take home the MVP.
Tom Brady now has ring number 6, more than any other QB ever. The Patriots are now tied with the Steelers for most Super Bowls ever, and they may go down as the greatest dynasty ever. Love him or hate him, no one can deny the greatness of Tom Brady. He may not have played amazing in that game last night, but he did what he had to do to win. He had a good year and in the regular season he threw for 4,355 yards, 29 TDs, 11 INTs and completed 65.8% of his passes. I’ve said before Tom isn’t the GOAT and that’s mostly because I’m not a huge fan, but I’m ready to admit to myself that he is indeed the GOAT.
So it was not the most exciting Super Bowl, in fact it was the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever, but it was a good defensive battle. Now we wait patiently for next season and to see if the Patriots will once again return to this stage looking for #7.