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Patriots top Rams for sixth Super Bowl title in Belichick-Brady era

Posted: 9:22 PM, Feb 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-03 22:22:24-05
Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams

ATLANTA — The New England Patriots won a sixth Super Bowl title in nine appearances under coach Bill Belichick and with Tom Brady at quarterback.

Super Bowl LIII became the first without a touchdown through three quarters in NFL history. The Patriots broke through and found the end zone midway through the fourth quarter en route to a 13-3 victory in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history.

New England, which beat the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime two weeks earlier in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium, led 3-0 at halftime against the Los Angeles Rams.

Missouri Western graduate Greg Zeurlein's 53-yard field goal in the third quarter tied the game and provided the Rams' only points in the loss, tying the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI for the fewest points scored by any team in a Super Bowl.

Rookie Sony Michel's 2-yard touchdown with 7 minutes remaining provided the game-winning points, while Stephen Gostkowski added a 41-yard field goal to ice the victory with 1:12 remaining. He also connected on a 42-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

Brady, who improved to 6-3 in Super Bowls, finished 21 of 35 for 262 yards with an interception on his first pass of the game. His favorite target, wide receiver Julian Edelman, finished with 10 catches for 141 yards.

Brady's counterpart, Rams third-year quarterback Jared Goff, finished 19 of 38 for 229 yards and an interception in a game dominated by defense. Los Angeles wide receiver Brandin Cooks, a former Patriot, snagged eight passes for 120 yards.