Atlanta, Georgia – (AP) – It’s a six-pack for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. The Pats are Super Bowl champions for the sixth time following a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams. It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in the 53-year history of the game, and the first in which neither team reached the end zone until the fourth quarter. The Patriots didn’t go ahead to stay until a five-play, 69-yard drive that ended with Sony Michel’s two-yard touchdown run with seven minutes remaining. Brady threw for 67 yards on the drive, including passes of 18 and 29 yards to Rob Gronkowski.
Brady was intercepted on his first pass before finishing 21 of 35 for 262 yards. Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman was his primary target, grabbing 10 passes for 141 yards. Michel had 94 yards on 18 carries for the Patriots, who join the Steelers as the only teams with six Super Bowl titles. The Rams had a chance to tie it shortly after Michel’s go-ahead TD. They advanced to the New England 27 before Jared Goff was picked off with about 4 minutes to play. The Patriots turned the miscue into a game-clinching field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
The Rams managed just 260 net yards, most of it coming after the midway mark of the third quarter. Los Angeles didn’t score until Todd Zuerlein (ZUR’-lyn) drilled a 53-yard field goal with 2:11 left in the third period. Goff was 19 of 38 for 229 yards for the Rams, who managed just 62 yards on the ground despite the presence of Todd Gurley. The Patriots tied a Super Bowl record for fewest points allowed, matching the mark set by the Cowboys in a 24-3 win over the Dolphins in Super Bowl 6. New England is also the first team since the 1972 Dolphins to win a Super Bowl the year after losing one.
Judah Newby will have the complete run down of the game on Portland’s Morning News with Steve and Rebecca.