Patriots claim their 6th Super Bowl ring

Hilario Ismael Gomez, Reporter

Gritty, grimy and “boring.”

That’s how most viewed the 13-3 spectacle that was Super Bowl LIII on Feb .3 with punts and defensive stops highlighting the evening.

The offensive upturn of the NFL was seemingly put to a halt in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium by the New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, when he shut down the Los Angeles Rams and offensive guru Sean McVay. This season McVay has taken the Rams from struggling middle of the pack team to an offensive powerhouse with his use of new age concepts and a stable of superstars on his roster.

Names like Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and Cooper Kupp dominated sports circles this season because of the insane amount of production they were able to put up under McVay’s system.

With games such as the 54-51 victory over the 1st Seed (12-4) Kansas City Chiefs under McVay and the Ram’s belt and arguably the best quarterback to ever in Tom Brady suiting up for the Patriots, most expected the Superbowl to be an absolute explosion of points yet both defenses seemingly ruled the night.

With Brady’s first pass being an interception by Ram’s linebacker Cory Littleton, Tom Brady was not his usual superstar self because of a ferocious Rams front seven highlighted by generational talents at defensive tackle like Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh.

With the Donald running away with the Defensive Player of The Year Award at the 8th Annual NFL Honors Awards and the Suh being a perennial pro bowler with multiple teams across the league.

On the flipside, Jared Goff and the Rams offense were tied up and dazed all game long by phenomenal coverage and exotic blitzes and stunts cooked up by Bill Belichick and his former Defensive Coordinator and current Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores.

The absolute impenetrable walls these defenses became held until the 4th quarter before letting up a touchdown.

The game was ultimately decided on a few big plays by the Patriots and crucial mistakes by the Rams in the second half such as lapses in coverage and horrid pursuit angles in the run game.

A Sony Michel two-yard touchdown scamper that put the Patriots up 10-3 with 7:03 left more than ended the game for most but a late field goal by Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski put the proverbial nail in the coffin.

The Patriots win gives Bill Belichick and Tom Brady six super bowl championships in the 18 years they’ve been together and helps the Patriots tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history by a franchise.

Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP for his 10 receptions for 141 yards. This is a great turnaround of the season for Edelman, whose season began with a four-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs because of multiple failed drug tests.

With the NFL regular season wrapped up, it’s time to welcome the Draft season with events such as the NFL Scouting Combine beginning Feb. 25 and the NFL draft beginning April 25th.