New England Patriots win the 2019 Super Bowl
The New England Patriots have won the 2019 Super Bowl. The victory is their sixth in eighteen years and brings them level with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl titles.
The game perhaps didn’t turn out to be the spectacle hoped for. In fact, the 13-3 scoreline is the lowest in Super Bowl history. But that won’t matter the Patriots, whose defensive expertise is key to their success.
For the first ten minutes, it looked like there could have been a different outcome. After winning the toss, the Rams gave the Patriots the ball.
Tom Brady, playing in his third successive final, threw an off target first pass that was intercepted by Cory Littleton. That was the first intercepted opening pass Brady had made in his entire postseason career. That led to the Patriots calling two timeouts within the first 10 minutes and also missing a field goal to open the scoring.
Brady then threw another wayward pass, before being sacked by John Franklin-Myers. However, that was pretty much the highlight for the Rams. Even with Aaron Donald, defensive player of the year, the Rams could only inspire a bit of nervousness within the Patriot’s ranks in the opening stages.
Brady ground out some passes before Gotskowski scored a 42 yard field goal to open the scoring, though it had taken almost 20 minutes. Brady’s counterpart, Jared Goff, was finding the going even tougher, with the Rams looking a bit lost. All that led to a slim lead of 3-0 at half-time, the lowest scoreline in the last 44 years.
Despite the Ram’s struggles, the scoreline remained tight, as Goff finally started to string some passes together in the third. Eventually the score was leveled, when Greg Zuerlein kicked from 53-yards.
Then, cometh the hour, cometh the man. Brady had struggled to find passes most of the evening, but with ten minutes remaining, he made four in a row, the last of which a fine throw that found Gronkowski. The next play from the two yard line was taken home by Sony Michel to put the Patriots back in the lead again with minutes left.
Victory was assured with four minutes to go, after Goff was intercepted, and Gostkowski made it 13-3 with a field goal.
The match was anything but vintage. While for the neutral it was perhaps a disappointing spectacle, the defensive brilliance of the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick, perhaps the greatest NFL strategist, was what won the them their third successive Super Bowl.