Brady leads Patriots to another championship

Christopher Stoker, Staff Writer

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Super Bowl 53: young talent versus seasoned greatness. February 3, the Super Bowl occured at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. In this game, the New England Patriots faced off against the Los Angeles Rams.
Super bowl 53 marks Tom Brady’s ninth appearance in the Super Bowl, the most of any quarterback in history. Across the field, their Californian opponents were, for the most part, a young team. In fact, they have the second youngest team in the NFL, as well as the youngest coach. In addition, at age 24, the Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff was one of the youngest quarterbacks to ever start in a superbowl.
The Rams appearance in this game was particularly controversial. In the division championship, the Rams faced off against the New Orleans Saints. In the final minute of the fourth quarter, Nickell Robey-Coleman, a defensive back for Los Angeles, performed a defensive pass interference upon Tommylee Lewis, a wide receiver for the Saints. If this call had been made, it would have given the Saints a first down and prime field position, in which they would have most likely scored and taken the victory. Instead, they were defeated in overtime, so the Rams proceeded to the Super Bowl.
The game itself was far from an exciting one. One of the only true bright spots of the first half was Patriots receiver, Julian Edelman who caught seven passes for 93 yards. At the half, the Pats led the Rams 3-0, despite an early field goal miss from Patriots kicker Stephen Gotskowski.
The “excitement” continued into the third quarter with the only scoring being a field goal for the Rams by Greg Zuerlein for 53 yards. Also, the Rams’ punter, Johnny Hecker, set a new Super Bowl record for the longest punt.
In the fourth quarter, Brady’s arm brought the Pats to a goal line drive. The touchdown was punched in by Patriots running back Sony Michel. The Rams’ offense came to life after this drive, however, and Jared Goff threw an interception at a crucial position for the Patriots to clinch their victory.
At the end of the game, Julian Edelman was awarded the MVP award and Tom Brady received his sixth Lombardi trophy, the most of any quarterback.