New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title

New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title

Atlanta (CNN)The dynasty lives on.

Once again, the New England Patriots are champions, grinding to win Super Bowl LIII 13-3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta — and launching Tom Brady and Bill Belichick into a different stratosphere.They have now won six Super Bowls together, extending their record for the most by a head coach and starting quarterback combination. With the win, the Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl titles in NFL history.
    Brady now has won more Super Bowls than any other player in history, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley (five). Julian Edelman, the Patriots' do-it-all player, wins Super Bowl MVP”It probably won’t sink in for a very, very long time,” Brady said. “I’m just so blessed to play with the best teammates through the years from our ’01 team and all the way through now. I love all those guys. That’s what makes this special, man. It’s a brotherhood. All these relationships are so important in my life, and I can’t cherish it enough. It’s going to be a celebration tonight.”Read MoreAt 41 years old, Brady also is the oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, eclipsing Peyton Manning, who was 39 when he won Super Bowl 50.Belichick is the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl at age 66, and no head coach has won more Super Bowls than him. Now, he joins George Halas and Curly Lambeau as the only NFL head coaches with six championships since the league began postseason play in 1933.Belichick called this one “sweet.””I’m proud of our football team, coaching staff, this entire organization,” he said. “These guys worked so hard all year going all the way back to the offseason program in April and just grinding it out day after day. In the biggest moments when we had to play our best football and compete the hardest, they did it.”This was the pair’s ninth Super Bowl appearance together, the most title games for any head coach and starting quarterback duo in NFL history.Edelman named Super Bowl MVPBrady was 21-for-35 passing for 262 yards, and most of those yards went to wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is boosting his hall-of-fame resume. Edelman — who was named the game’s MVP — had 10 catches for 141 yards. In addition to already having the second-most receptions in postseason history, he’s now second all time in postseason receiving yards. He trails just the legendary Jerry Rice in both categories.Edelman, who in his college days was a quarterback at Kent State, was drafted by New England in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft. He is the seventh wide receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP.”It just matters that we won, man,” Edelman said. “It was a crazy year. We had a resilient bunch of guys. It was unreal, man.”After the win, among the crush of players, reporters and confetti, Brady and Edelman, who are close friends, shared a long embrace. Edelman, 32, missed all of last season with a knee injury and the first four games this season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.”He just played the best game he has all year,” Brady said. “So proud of him (and) what he’s accomplished coming back from his ACL (injury). He just fought it out, grinded it out just like everyone else.”

    A special moment for Tom Brady & @Edelman11 🏆 #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/MGzg6hETEU

    — NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2019 High-powered offenses, but few pointsThe Rams had the No. 2 scoring offense in the NFL, while the Patriots were ranked fourth. But instead of a shootout, scoring came at a premium.With 16 total points, it was the lowest-scoring game in Super Bowl history, and the Patriots’ 13 points is the lowest by a winning team in a Super Bowl. It’s also the first Super Bowl without a touchdown through the first three quarters. A Stephen Gostkowski 42-yard field goal was the only scoring in the first half. The 3-0 score was the second-lowest scoring first half in Super Bowl history. Only Super Bowl IX, when the Steelers led the Minnesota Vikings 2-0, was lower.Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein’s 53-yarder tied it with 2:11 left in the third quarter.Then came another classic Brady-led drive.New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosThe New England Patriots celebrate after the Los Angeles Rams missed a late field goal in Super Bowl LIII. The miss virtually assured the Patriots’ victory.Hide Caption 1 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosPatriots quarterback Tom Brady kisses his daughter, Vivian, during the postgame celebrations. Brady, at 41 years old, is the oldest starting quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl. In his 18 NFL seasons, he’s played in the Super Bowl nine times.Hide Caption 2 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosPatriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, the game’s Most Valuable Player, holds up the Lombardi Trophy.Hide Caption 3 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosAn overhead view of the postgame celebrations. The game was played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.Hide Caption 4 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosRams players sit dejected on the bench.Hide Caption 5 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosBill Belichick waves after winning his sixth Super Bowl as head coach.Hide Caption 6 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosEdelman and Brady celebrate the victory.Hide Caption 7 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosBelichick is doused on the sideline.Hide Caption 8 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosBrady and Rams quarterback Jared Goff greet each other after the final whistle.Hide Caption 9 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosEdelman celebrates on the field.Hide Caption 10 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosKyle Van Noy tackles Goff in the second half. Goff was sacked four times in the game.Hide Caption 11 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosRams head coach Sean McVay covers his face on the sideline.Hide Caption 12 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosPatriots defensive back Stephon Gilmore leaps for a fourth-quarter interception.Hide Caption 13 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosBrady celebrates Sony Michel’s fourth-quarter touchdown. It was the only touchdown of the game.Hide Caption 14 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosMichel is mobbed by teammates after running into the end zone from two yards out.Hide Caption 15 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosPatriots fans cheer during the second half.Hide Caption 16 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosThe Michel touchdown was preceded by a 29-yard pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski.Hide Caption 17 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosGoff throws a pass under pressure.Hide Caption 18 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosGoff looks up after throwing a pass from his own end zone.Hide Caption 19 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosRams kicker Greg Zuerlein connects on a 53-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 in the third quarter.Hide Caption 20 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosMcVay talks to Goff in the second half.Hide Caption 21 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosPatriots defensive back Jason McCourty breaks up a pass in the end zone that was intended for Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks in the third quarter.Hide Caption 22 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosEdelman tries to elude John Johnson III after catching a pass early in the second half. Hide Caption 23 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosPatriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower celebrates a sack in the third quarter. It was his second of the game.Hide Caption 24 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosRams running back Todd Gurley II is tackled by McCourty, left, and Deatrich Wise Jr. in the second half.Hide Caption 25 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosGurley gains a few yards in the third quarter.Hide Caption 26 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosRams punter Johnny Hekker was busy for much of the game as his team’s offense continued to stall. In the third quarter, Hekker booted a Super Bowl-record punt of 65 yards.Hide Caption 27 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosMcCourty breaks up a pass intended for Josh Reynolds in the second quarter. The Patriots had a 3-0 lead at halftime.Hide Caption 28 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosGoff had a rough first half, completing only five passes for 52 yards. He was also sacked twice in the half.Hide Caption 29 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosEdelman was one of the few offensive players to shine in a low-scoring first half. At halftime he had seven catches for 93 yards.Hide Caption 30 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosGoff is sacked by Hightower in the second quarter.Hide Caption 31 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosPatriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski misses a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter. He hit a 42-yarder in the second quarter for the game’s first points.Hide Caption 32 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosBrady fumbles the ball in the scoreless first quarter. It was the first time Brady has been sacked during this postseason. The Patriots recovered the ball.Hide Caption 33 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosRams cheerleader Quinton Peron looks on during Super Bowl LIII. This is the first Super Bowl to feature male cheerleaders. Hide Caption 34 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosRams linebacker Cory Littleton intercepts Brady’s first pass of the game.Hide Caption 35 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosPatriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is crunched by John Johnson III, left, and Nickell Robey-Coleman in the first quarter.Hide Caption 36 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosBrady drops back to the pass in the first quarter.Hide Caption 37 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosReferee John Parry displays the coin before the pregame coin toss. The Patriots called heads, but it came up tails and the Rams deferred to the second half.Hide Caption 38 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosAir Force jets fly over Mercedez-Benz Stadium before the start of the game.Hide Caption 39 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosGladys Knight performs the National Anthem.Hide Caption 40 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosA Patriots fan awaits the start of the game.Hide Caption 41 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosGame balls are stacked on the field before the game.Hide Caption 42 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosRams fans give each other a fist bump.Hide Caption 43 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title Photos: Super Bowl 2019: The best photosFans walk inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which was hosting its first Super Bowl. The stadium, which features a retractable roof, opened in August 2017.Hide Caption 44 of 44New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleNew England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th titleIt started with a completed pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski for 18 yards. The crowd, which was majority Patriots fans, started chanting, “Brady! Brady!”Brady then hit Edelman and Rex Burkhead for 13 and seven yards, respectively. Another throw to Gronkowski for 29 yards set up first-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Sony Michel ran it in from there for the touchdown with seven minutes to go.The drive was five plays, 69 yards, and it took two minutes, 49 seconds, in which Brady went 4-for-4 for 67 yards.Los Angeles tried to respond with a lengthy drive of its own, but quarterback Jared Goff was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore at the New England 4-yard line.A 41-yard field goal by Gostkowski sealed it with 1:12 to go.”That’s my fault,” Goff, in his third year at age 24, said of the interception. “I can’t put us in that situation. I knew they were bringing cover-zero blitz there, and I tried to hit Brandin (Cooks) on a go-ball, and Gilmore was too far off for me to make that decision. It was a bad decision by me, and I have to do better.”McVay: ‘I got out-coached’Super Bowl LIII marked a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, when New England defeated the then-St. Louis Rams 20-17 on February 3, 2002. The Rams, who moved back to Los Angeles in 2016, were aiming for their second Super Bowl title and their first back out West.Since the hiring of head coach Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in Super Bowl history at age 33, this was their second consecutive year in the playoffs.
      “Coach Belichick did an outstanding job,” McVay said. “There is really no other way to put it. I’m pretty numb right now, but definitely, I got out-coached. I didn’t do nearly good enough for our football team. The thing that is so tough about all of this is the finality to it.”Usually, you get a chance — if you go through some adversity, you can bounce back right away. This one is going to stick with you and it just stings in your gut.”