ATLANTA, GA- New England topped the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a game that dragged the high-def NFL back to the days of black-and-white TV. It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in the 53-year history of the game.
Tom Brady captured his record sixth NFL title by throwing for 262 yards, without a touchdown. The Patriots matched the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins, with six.
Julian Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards; he was the day’s only consistent offensive threat.
Brady engineered the game’s lone touchdown drive, a five-play, 69-yard march punctuated by an over-the-shoulder, 29-yard throw into the hands of tight end Rob Gronkowski. On the next play, Sony Michel scored on a 2-yard plunge with 7 minutes to play for a 10-3 lead.
But the real stars of this game were the New England defenders, who smothered Rams quarterback Jared Goff, holding him to 229 yards that felt like less.
After New England’s score, Goff moved the Rams down to the New England 28 with 4:30 left. But the third-year quarterback threw one up for grabs near the end zone and cornerback Stephon Gilmore stepped in front for the interception.
The Rams, who averaged 32.9 points a game this season, joined the Miami Dolphins from Super Bowl 6 in 1972 as the only the second team not to muster a touchdown in the title game.
While St. Louis fans may have had a hard time rooting for either team in this year’s Super Bowl given the Rams’ departure from the city for Los Angeles and New England’s Super Bowl win over the St. Louis Rams years ago, there is one silver lining from this year’s result: Webster Groves graduate Adrian Clayborn gets his first Super Bowl ring, two years after being on the losing end of another Patriots championship victory when Clayborn was on the Atlanta Falcons.