Patriots win sixth Super Bowl, 13-3 over the Rams

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Six points would have been enough.

But even without style points, the Patriots proved the more substantive team, winning their sixth Super Bowl title with a 13-3 win over the Rams.

Rookie Sony Michel‘s touchdown in the fourth quarter was the only one of the game, and they were able to run enough late in the game to prevent the Rams from having a chance. Stephen Gostkowski‘s 41-yard field goal with 1:12 was enough to ice the game.

The Rams with their last chance drove into field goal position, but Greg Zuerlein missed a 48-yard field goal to end the drama.

The Patriots defense was good throughout , but it’s hard to call them dominant, as it was more of a case of the Rams and coach Sean McVay underperforming.

Whether something was wrong with Todd Gurley (35 yards on 10 carries) or not, the Rams couldn’t survive a dismal night from quarterback Jared Goff, who was 19-of-38 for 229 yards and an interception late, never gaining any kind of rhythm.

And while the Patriots didn’t flash offensively themselves (it was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time), they made enough of the timely plays they’ve been known for during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady run.

From Rob Gronkowski‘s 29-yard reception which set up Michel’s touchdown to the always-open Julian Edelman, the Patriots were able to play keep-away for long enough.

For all their dramatic wins over the years, this one was different. There was drama without excitement, a slow buildup. But that’s the same way they’ve stacked up trophies, as many as the Steelers now, with no indication this might be the last one.

146 responses to “Patriots win sixth Super Bowl, 13-3 over the Rams

  1. AMAZING!!!

    In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the excellence of this Great Football Team.

    New England Patriots and Tom Brady:

    PRIOR to DEFLATEGATE: 5 AFC Championships WINS and 3 Super Bowl WINS.

    AFTER DEFLATEGATE: 4 AFC Championships WINS, and 3 Super Bowl WINS.

  2. Bwah-ha-ha! The most BORING Super Bowl ever.

    That’s what the NFL gets for allowing (fixing) the illegitimate Rams in the game instead of the rightful NFC Champ Saints.

  3. I have to believe everyone outside of NE will agree that this was one of the worst Super Bowls not involving MIN. Goodell needs to be held accountable. Screw over the real good teams and you get this.

  4. thepftpoetinreverse says:
    February 3, 2019 at 10:05 pm
    Like it or not… do we all realize that we will never… ever…. ever… see anything like this again in our lives? Hate them or love them… it’s true.
    —-
    Unless they win #7 next year.

  5. Tom Brady, Coach Bill and the Pats are the greatest dynasty/coach/player ever to play football. As a Niners fan, and a fan in general, I appreciate this greatness. Awesome job, Pats!

  6. Rams shouldn’t have been in this game. They didn’t belong and they got whipped.

    NFL deprived us of a Brees/Brady Super Bowl and it would’ve been one of the all-time great games in football history.

  7. Great game Rams fans. Nice to see an old school defensive battle. Fins are getting a good coach too.

  8. Horrible SB, can’t remember the last really bad one!
    But Belichick & Brady did what they always do – take what the opposing team gives you & never panic!
    I really really hope Flores doesn’t back out of the Miami job – his D put on a clinic against what was supposed to be high flying Rams Offense.

  9. Ugly game, but the old man came through with throws to Gronk and Edelman, the run game was clutch at the end and the defense made Goff miserable. Well Steelers you have some company in the 6th ring category.

  10. Pats were the best team on the field today.

    Rams D and special teams kept them in it but Goff was dreadful, the oline was poor and there was no room to run. 527 points in the regular season, 3 in the Super Bowl, way to fizzle out.

  11. Forget boring super bowls. That may have been one of the most boring games I ever watched. When the announcers are predicting punters and kickers for MVP in the 4th quarter…

  12. If someone told me the Patriots would only score 13 points I would have bet the house that the Rams would have won the game.

  13. Moronic Pats fans will still claim Brady is the GOAT when he did jack squat in this game and was horrible in their firsf win! Nobody touches Montana in the big game and Peyton in the regular season! The only GOAT is Belicheat… And nobody still gives a crap!

  14. Congrats to the Pats. Definitely the best franchise in the history of the game. Brady is the GOAT, and Bellichick is the best HC ever. Love em or hate em, you have to admit it.

  15. Football Gods were not going to let a team that didn’t deserve to be there win it. Saints would have beaten the Patriots, NO DOUBT!!!!! WHO DAT!!!!!!

  16. The NFL needed to press RESTART GAME after the 3rd quarter.

    Super Trash. And I like defense but come on might as well have played the game in a blizzard.

    The offenses were especially offensive especially in this era were receivers run free after 5 yards.

  17. And the Rams will miss the playoffs next year and be in cap hell for the next 4 years. This is the peak

  18. Hard to call them dominant? Nonsense. If they hadn’t slipped into prevent, the Rams probably wouldn’t have sniffed the end zone in garbage time.

  19. Random thoughts:

    Kudos to the Ram’s defense, they took on the greatest quarterback in history, and kept him out of the endzone for most of this game.

    Yes it was an offensive snooze-fest, but those were two solid defenses and an incredible defensive show.

    The Patriots defense showed up HUUUUUUGGGGEEEEEE. Gilmore’s interception was a game-saver.

    Julian Edelman is simply amazing.

    Goff proved to be average, at best, and wilted in the spotlight.

    Tom Brady was, well, Tom Freaking Brady. The man has won SIX Super Bowls!!!! He made the passes he HAD to make.

  20. I have to believe everyone outside of NE will agree that this was one of the worst Super Bowls not involving MIN. Goodell needs to be held accountable. Screw over the real good teams and you get this.

    I am pretty sure 31 other NFL teams would of loved to have been the winner of this worst Super Bowl game ever.

  21. Haha..whatever gets you through life…

    “but it’s hard to call them dominant, as it was more of a case of the Rams and coach Sean McVay underperforming”

  22. Like a good mystery movie with lots of static tension. As a Pats fan, I must say I enjoyed this game. Nice to see a D battle.

  23. Not every game is thriller or well played. That was a slug fest and one bad play by either team could have turned it. Both defenses came to play. In the end the Pats earned the win, great catch by Gronkowski then the running game .

    No controversial calls in the game either.

  24. I can’t resist saying if the rightful team were in the SB we would have seen a better game. That said, the Pats were superb tonight and they earned number 6 on the field. BB is just amazing.

  25. The Saints would have represented the NFC a lot better. So would the Eagles and Bears for that matter.

  26. An historic night… Brady becomes first player to win 6 rings and the Rams become the first team to lose both the NFC Championship and a Super Bowl in the same post-season. Congrats to both!

  27. What!! The boy genius, the offensive mastermind, the guru could only scheme to get his team to score three points! How could that be? The experts said a lot of points would be scored this game!!

  28. As a Jets fan I really tip my hat to the pats again great team will always hate you but respect you. As for the Rams f you! Talked all that crap after even knowing the missed call against the saints and nothing to show for it in the SB. While most people said Rams were taking it I was worried how they’d hold up due to their inexperience which was why I wanted it to be Saints and NE smh the Chargers are the better team in LA

  29. I was at the 2008 Sun Bowl between Pitt and Oregon State that ended (mercifully) 3-0, and that’s the only game I can think of more boring than this Super Bowl.

    Still, a win is a win. Six championships for New England, that is amazing.

  30. I guess I should have been one of the fotm Pats fans years ago. 17 years later I might have learned to actually like them. Soooo sick of them.

    But congratulations. Good defense.

  31. bassplucker says:
    February 3, 2019 at 10:23 pm
    The Saints would have represented the NFC a lot better. So would the Eagles and Bears for that matter.

    ************************

    Says the Bear slap. Saints yes but Trubisky would have thrown at least 3 picks and then got injured because he tried to run instead of passing…so in short…Saints yes! Bears no!

  32. So…..what happened to boy-genius McVay?? 3 points? And really only a couple decent drives. Goff isn’t the only one who will have to answer some tough questions.

  33. I didn’t have a horse in this race, so I’m happy that I’ve seen 2 superstar athletes in my 2 favorite sports win 6 titles. I saw each of Jordan’s 6 titles and now I’ve seen each of Brady’s 6 titles. Like it or not, the Pats dynasty is nothing short of miraculous. We will never see another like it, at least in the NFL. Congrats Pats fans.

  34. Moronic Pats fans will still claim Brady is the GOAT when he did jack squat in this game and was horrible in their firsf win! Nobody touches Montana in the big game and Peyton in the regular season! The only GOAT is Belicheat… And nobody still gives a crap!
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    How did they get to this game, again?
    And jack squat included a game winning clutch drive where he went 4 for 4. That’s what greatness is.

  35. A friend of mine is a huge Pats’ fan. We were saying that if Todd Gurley, was not Todd Gurley, the Rams would not be able to move the ball. Sorry Rams’ fans Gurley makes that offense go, Goff is just along for the ride. I’m curious if there will be an investigation into Gurley Gate, dude was hurt in every game? The Rams kept pretending it was conditioning, yet they had a tubby CJ Anderson as the feature back in every playoff game??? Lol. TG at 30% would have run circles around Anderson. You do have to give the Rams D a lot of credit. They kept them in the game until the end.

  36. That was like watching a throwback game from the 40’s or 50’s in high definition instead of grainy black and white.

    Worst. Super. Bowl. Ever. ZZZZZZ…..

  37. The Super Bowl was 2 weeks ago in the AFC Championship game. But this game only proved that.

    Rams should lose any chance to play in a SB for the next 5 years. 3 points? In this era of football? Gag!

  38. The Rams bet the farm on accumulating top free agents because Goff is still on his rookie contract. When he renews his contract in next or couple years, the will have to blow up the team! That’s why BB is the best in this salary cap era.

  39. Well the worst case scenario has occurred. The amazing New England Patriots have won yet another super bowl. Oh the joy! The experts, naysayers and crybabies have declared all season that the Patriots were finally done and Brady’s cliff was upon us. Wrong again! Oh the joy!

  40. How can anyone call that boring. It was a defensive war. Both defenses played lights out. Those taking pot shots at Brady need to look again. The Rams D was for real. Donald is pure disruption and havoc.They had Brady sweating bullets the entire game. Sure Brady managed to overcomeit by just enough to get the win, but that because he is goat. Still that is the toughest time any defense has given him in any of his Superbowls. Rams D has nothing to hang their heads on. And then the Pats D? Wow! If anyone has said to me in mid season that the D would be this tough in the postseason no way would I have believed them. I honestly thought they were the weak link. Boy was I wrong.

    The NFL has been trying to make football into a shootout but those type games get repetitive when they all are that way. A good old time football trench war was refreshing for a change.

  41. Another nail biter of a game. It is very tough to be a Patriots fan when they are in the Super Bowl.

    I was hoping they would open up a big lead, but I really knew better.

  42. Coffeehog says:
    February 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm
    How can anyone call that boring. It was a defensive war. Both defenses played lights out. Those taking pot shots at Brady need to look again. The Rams D was for real. Donald is pure disruption and havoc.They had Brady sweating bullets the entire game. Sure Brady managed to overcomeit by just enough to get the win, but that because he is goat. Still that is the toughest time any defense has given him in any of his Superbowls. Rams D has nothing to hang their heads on. And then the Pats D? Wow! If anyone has said to me in mid season that the D would be this tough in the postseason no way would I have believed them. I honestly thought they were the weak link. Boy was I wrong.

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    Absolute masterpiece by that defense. No other way to put it.

    That KC-Rams game was a snooze fest. That’s not football. This was. I like defense. 🙂

  43. To the classy New England fans, and the diehards who stuck with their team and went to watch crappy games in crappy weather in November and December at Foxboro Stadium in the early 90s before Kraft brought the team, i congratulate you all. Enjoy it, soak it all up.

    From a Ravens fan

  44. For a team to be unworldly dominant for so long in a salary cap league says 1 thing louder than everything else….the coaching in the NFL outside of New England is so bad, so awful, so hideous that it is mind boggling. How can the coaching be so poor that no one can compete with this team?

  45. Boring game but you watched it all? You haters are awesome the way you say that outside of NE nobody cared about the game.. I guess Georgia is part of NE now.. That was a home game.Thanks for watching it in yours.

  46. I said this two weeks ago. If the Rams tried to “do what we do,” they would lose. McVey tried to do what he has done all year instead of putting in new stuff, and Belichick worked him and Goff.

    Unless a team has a physical mismatch that can’t be schemed around, that approach is never going to work against that coach because he’s prepared for everything you’ve done on tape. They could have played 8 quarters, and the Rams still would have never scored enough to beat them.

  47. Boring game but you watched it all? You haters are awesome the way you say that outside of NE nobody cared about the game.. I guess Georgia is part of NE now.. That was a home game.Thanks for watching it in yours.
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    Most of the public tix were purchased from the NE states. CA and the west coast largely stayed home as they didnt want to travel from coast to coast.

  48. Who are you to put the loss on McVay alone? wow. That sucks. He is a top coach. He’ll continue to show that.

    -PATS fan

    PS – Brooks33blog – you are the SECOND Ravens fan tonight to show true sportsmanship and character. THANK YOU and god bless a non-hater. Good Luck Ravens2019

  49. Don’t upset the Voo Doo witches in New Orleans. Justice was served doubly in that the Rams were held to a field goal and the NFL got a boring game for those who favor high scoring offensive games. 1 touchdown in the game. Pats had 4 sacks vs. 1 Rams sack. Officiating was as good as we can expect.

  50. Coffeehog says:
    February 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm
    How can anyone call that boring. It was a defensive war. Both defenses played lights out. Those taking pot shots at Brady need to look again. The Rams D was for real. Donald is pure disruption and havoc.They had Brady sweating bullets the entire game. Sure Brady managed to overcomeit by just enough to get the win, but that because he is goat. Still that is the toughest time any defense has given him in any of his Superbowls. Rams D has nothing to hang their heads on. And then the Pats D? Wow! If anyone has said to me in mid season that the D would be this tough in the postseason no way would I have believed them. I honestly thought they were the weak link. Boy was I wrong.
    The NFL has been trying to make football into a shootout but those type games get repetitive when they all are that way. A good old time football trench war was refreshing for a change.

    —–

    I actually agree with this. Sure, Brady’s stats weren’t the greatest, but his and many other QBs’ stats are lower against a Wade Philips defense. What mattered in the end is that he figured it out, and also like this person said, the LA Rams Defense is for real, and definitely has tightened up since that shootout against the Chiefs. I total agree that the NFL wants offensive shootouts, and perhaps it was good that a good old fashioned defensive war happened instead.

  51. Coffeehog says:
    February 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Still that is the toughest time any defense has given him in any of his Superbowls.

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    Amazes me how many people just don’t know their Super Bowl history.

    In Brady’s first Super Bowl vs the Rams his offense could only muster 13 points despite 3 turnovers by the Pats defense. Against the Eagles the Pats defense had 4 turnovers and Brady’s offense only scored 24 points. 14 and 17 points in two tries vs the Giants in Super Bowls. Just 13 points for Brady’s offense in this one. That’s a 16.2 points per game average for Brady offenses in 5 Super Bowl games.

  52. As a Patriots fan I never thought we would have to worry about the Patriots equalling the Steelers Super Bowl wins.

    The Steelers have always been the ideal. Listen Steelers Fans, since the 1970’s your team has been the epitome of the best NFL team with the best fans.

    Please permit us to revel in a new realityl I hope NE Fans behave themselves. You have been GREAT Champions.

  53. Incredible. Just incredible. I can’t believe what I’ve witnessed. I don’t deserve this, do I? Am I dreaming? Please don’t wake me. I had these guys written off a hundred times this year. Shame on me. Thanks, boys. I’m just speechless, witnessing all this in the prime years of my life. #blessed

  54. Feel bad for the Rams defence.They deserved better. Mc Vay and Goff = deer in the headlights.
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    I thought the same thing. The Rams seemed jittery and lacking in confidence whereas the experience and discipline of NE really showed. They were the best team.

  55. Congrats to the true Pats’ fans.

    Maybe with the Pats tying it up at 6 wins in the Super Bowl era, the Steelers will wake up, and start playing real football again. Here’s to many good battles ahead while our teams go for seven.

  56. You can never count us out. everyone doubted us even some-of our own in New England after the pitt/mia rough patch.

    Today I proudly hold my head high and state that as a member of PATS nation we are champs.

    No one can chance this until next year when we have our chance to defend.

  57. sigbouncer says:
    February 3, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Amazes me how many people just don’t know their Super Bowl history.

    In Brady’s first Super Bowl vs the Rams his offense could only muster 13 points despite 3 turnovers by the Pats defense. Against the Eagles the Pats defense had 4 turnovers and Brady’s offense only scored 24 points. 14 and 17 points in two tries vs the Giants in Super Bowls. Just 13 points for Brady’s offense in this one. That’s a 16.2 points per game average for Brady offenses in 5 Super Bowl games.

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    Nice cherry pick since his team scored 28, 32, 33, and 34 in the other 4 games
    That’s 30 per game if you subtract the pick 6 he threw vs Atlanta.

    It amazes me that people try feebly to nitpick a QB who now has 5 game winning drives in his 6 Super Bowl wins.

  58. No one’s talking about Jason McCourty’s touchdown-saving breakup on that throw to a wide-open Cooks in the endzone. At that point in the game, the Rams would’ve had the lead, 7-3.

  59. This NFL season felt like something new, fresh, exciting, different.

    And what’s the end result? The least interesting scenario.

    Brady AGAIN. Belichick AGAIN.

    The NFL really needs a new storyline.

    Instead, it’s 12 more months of the more stale and tiresome dynasty ever

  60. I’m cracking up at all of the crybabies that can’t handle good defense in a game. Mostly coming from the less than sports writers, they sound like someone killed their dog. They don’t seem to even understand how football works. Sure it would be nice to have a mix, but this is an important part of football and sometimes you have two of the best doing their best.

  61. Did Belichick give the rest of NFL the blueprint on how to neutralize the Rams offense? Or did the Rams offense just choke?

  62. It wasn’t my favorite game ever, but I thought it was good. Defensive battles can be entertaining, and I thought this one was. The low score kept it tense. It was a chess match and battle of field position. Pretty impressive that the Pats’ D was able to hold the Rams to 3 points – I doubt anyone expected that.

    Main issues: McVay didn’t seem to have an answer – why not let Goff get his rhythm with some quick passes, high percentage stuff? And Goff was holding the ball way too long. It seemed like they didn’t have a RB ready as an outlet receiver for him. Help your young QB – where were the adjustments?

    The officiating was good enough – nothing major that I saw.

  63. Patriots fans – if your team does not even make the playoffs for the next 50 years, you will have nothing to complain about. You’ve had your time and share of fun. It’s about time for something else.

  64. 345snarkavenue says:
    February 3, 2019 at 11:37 pm
    That is the standard of officiating that we want to see in every game
    ======================
    1000 times this!

    Too bad it took over a decade to happen.

  65. vaphinfan says:

    February 3, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Did Brady finally win a sb without a top 10 defense finally….no.

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    Pats have actually won a few SBs without a “top ten defense”. And they been to a lot of SBs without a “top ten defense”.

    Pats defense DVOA in SB appearance years:
    2018 – 16th
    2017 – 31st
    2016 – 16th
    2014 – 12th
    2011 – 30th
    2007 – 11th
    2004 – 7th
    2003 – 2nd
    2001 – 13th

    Some good, some bad, lots in between. Overall, nothing too special.

  66. kenmasters34 says:

    February 4, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Did Belichick give the rest of NFL the blueprint on how to neutralize the Rams offense? Or did the Rams offense just choke?

    =============================

    The Todd Gurley usage is still something no one can figure out. Pats linebackers were not good in coverage this year against fast, pass catching RBs. The fact Gurley had only 1 reception for -1 yards is just bizarre. The Chiefs started scoring in the AFCCG once they figured this out in the second half. Not sure if Gurley was hurt or McVay just completely overthought it.

  67. Pats have actually won a few SBs without a “top ten defense”. And they been to a lot of SBs without a “top ten defense”.

    Pats defense DVOA in SB appearance years:
    2018 – 16th
    2017 – 31st
    2016 – 16th
    2014 – 12th
    2011 – 30th
    2007 – 11th
    2004 – 7th
    2003 – 2nd
    2001 – 13th
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    Worth noting; that 2013 Patriots defense was complete and thorough garbage and still came within a Welker drop of winning the SB.
    In ’03, that 2nd ranked defense gave up 29 Super Bowl points to the legendary Jake Delhomme. Took a Brady/Adam V last minute drive to win. That #2 defense was hardly great when it counted most.

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