In 2019, the New England Patriots floor their way to history, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, to place a record-equalling 6th NFL title. The two teams had previously played in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 — if the Rams were still based in St Louis — with a young rookie quarterback named Tom Brady leading the Patriots to an upset victory.
Almost a generation later, at a defensive match that never reached any fantastic heights, the Patriots dominated play and could well have won by many more. However, in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time, New England did sufficient, and got the work done to give now-veteran quarterback, Tom Brady his 6th championship, the most of any player in NFL history. Coach Bill Belichick made history, winning his Super Bowl ring — two as a defensive coach for the New York Giants and six as the Patriots’ Head Coach.
Superbowl LIII was a mismatch in so many ways. At 32 and 24 respectively, Rams’ coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff were up against wily specialists in Belichick and Brady. The Rams duo spent the previous two seasons heralding the coming of a new age of soccer — where crime was seeking a setback to the old adage that teams finally must win championships . Eventually, the old adage prevailed.
The Patriots set up their’past vs the future’ clash with an AFC Championship title victory with a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the only other team that outplayed the Rams in the 2018-19 season. For their part, the Rams took out a contentious 26-23 overtime win over arguably the best team in the NFL at 2018-19, the New Orleans Saints, aided by a dubious call by the officers in the final minutes of regulation time.