By Jack Zinman (Sports Editor)
This past Sunday, the Patriots and Rams faced off in a game that was hyped up ever since the AFC Championship game went final two weeks ago, and it is very safe to say that the game did not live up to the hype.
The game started out with the Patriots receiving the kick, and Cordarrelle Patterson had an exciting return of 39 yards to set up the Patriots at their own 40 and maybe, just maybe showed us a preview of how the game would go. But it unfortunately did not.
The Pats would drive down the field but Tom Brady would throw an interception to Corey Littleton on a horrible throw. Once again, that play could possibly foreshadow an exciting game, but it didn’t. After the exciting opening three minutes, the slugfest began.
Every drive after that went punt, missed field goal, punt, punt, punt, field goal by the Patriots, punt, punt, punt, turnover on downs, punt, and then the dreadful first half ended.
Maybe the scoring would pick up at the start of the second half, but the slugfest continued until the mid way point of the fourth quarter.
The opening drives of the second half went, punt, punt, punt, punt, and then the Rams tied up the game with a 53 yard field goal! And then the teams traded punts.
Up until that point it was the Johnny Hekker and Ryan Allen show. As a matter of fact, Johnny Hekker set a Super Bowl record with a 65 yard punt and at that point was the best play of the Super Bowl.
And then just very briefly, Tom Brady went into G.O.A.T. mode and led a 5 play 69 yard drive that was highlighted by a dime of a pass for 29 yards to tight end Rob Gronkowski to set the Pats up at the 2 yard line and have Sony Michel punch in the game winning touchdown to put the Pats up 10-3 with seven minutes left in the game.
Immediately after that, the Rams were driving and looked like they had a chance to tie the game until safety Duron Harmon applied pressure and forced Jared Goff to throw Stephon Gilmore the easiest and biggest interception of his career.
The Patriots got first down after first down until Stephen Gostkowski iced the game with a 41 yard field goal.
The Rams attempted a field goal with 10 seconds left to pull off a miracle but Greg Zuerlein cooked it left and the Patriots took a knee to capture yet another championship.
Some interesting stats are that Julian Edelman exploded for 141 yards on 10 catches and brought home the MVP trophy.
Rams receiver Brandin Cooks caught 8 passes for 120 yards.
Rookie star, Sony Michel, rushed for 94 yards and a TD, Dont’a Hightower led the game with two out of the four sacks for the Patriots.
Tom Brady passed for 262 yards on 21/35 passes. And on the other side, Jared Goff completed 19 passes on 38 attempts for 229 yards.
The Patriots hoisted their record tying 6th Lombardi Trophy and will have yet another championship parade on Tuesday, the 5th at 11 am, so Boston, fire up the duck boats, the Patriots are Super Bowl champions once again!