Bill Belichick thrilled to prove doubters wrong as Patriots clinch sixth Super Bowl

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Tom Brady and the Patriots won a sixth Super Bowl.

Head coach Bill Belichick had a defiant message for the New England Patriots’ detractors after winning his sixth Super Bowl with quarterback Tom Brady.

The Patriots’ 13-3 victory over Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday tied the Pittsburgh Steelers’ record for the most championships.

“It’s sweet,” Belichick told CBS. “Everybody counted us out from the beginning of the season, mid-season, but we’re still here.”

Belichick and Brady first combined for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2001. Wins followed in 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016 and Sunday night’s at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta was the latest success.

The lowest-scoring contest in the 53rd edition of the NFL’s showpiece final was built on defence – and Brady’s experienced leadership.

The 41-year-old threw for 262 yards and engineered the game’s only touchdown drive as Sony Michel punched the ball in to give New England the lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Brady told CBS: “It was an unbelievable year. We just fought through it more so than anything.

“It’s unbelievable to win this game. They played so well, the Rams’ defence they played their butts off.

“What a great defence, they had a great plan. They made it tough on every play.

“We just kept fighting and finally got a touchdown. The (Patriots) defence played the best game of the year.”

Julian Edelman – voted MVP with 141 yards receiving – and Rob Gronkowski also shined for New England.

The pair had 228 of New England’s 262 receiving yards, with both nabbing key receptions in the touchdown drive.

Starting at their own 31, the veteran quarterback found Gronkowski with a short pass for 19 yards, then, out of the gun, hit Edelman for a 13-yard completion.

Now at the Rams’ 38-yard line, Brady found Rex Burkhead with a short seven-yard pass before finding 87 again as Gronkowski beat two defenders to finish two yards shy.

This was the only red zone visit of the night and Michel took advantage of good blocking to score his sixth post-season touchdown.

Plaudits should also go to the New England defence, who contained Jared Goff to just 229 yards and the Rams to just three points – having scored an average of 32.9 per game in the regular season.

The strong Patriots defensive performance was capped off when Stephon Gilmore read Goff and secured a pick on the New England two-yard line with just over four minutes remaining.

Greg Zuerlein’s field goal was the Rams’ only score all night as the Patriots found the end zone for a 10-3 lead with seven minutes left.

Stephen Gostkowski made it a two-score game late in the fourth when he converted a 41-yard attempt.

For the Rams, it was do or die – and there was no way through the Patriots.

Rams head coach Sean McVay took responsibility for the defeat.

“I just never enabled us to get into a rhythm offensively,” he said onย nfl.com.

“They did a good job, and it seemed that any time we got a little bit of a positive play then we’d end up having a penalty or move ourselves back.

“So, I think a lot of it is a result of some of the things they did but then also the play selection.

“I was not pleased at all with my feel for the flow of the game and kind of making some adjustments as the game unfolded and with giving ourselves a chance at some success and put some points on the board.

“Credit to them, they did a good job, and I certainly didn’t do enough for us.”

Goff added: “I’m mad at myself. I wish I would’ve done things differently. I wish I could’ve made extra plays.”

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Tom Brady has won his sixth Super Bowl as the veteran quarterback led his New England Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

The 41-year-old threw for 262 yards and engineered the game’s only touchdown drive as Sony Michel punched the ball in to give New England the lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Julian Edelman – voted MVP with 141 yards receiving – and Rob Gronkowski also shined for New England, who now tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships.

The pair had 228 of New England’s 262 receiving yards, with both nabbing key receptions in the touchdown drive.

With the Patriots needing a score to tighten their grip on the Vince Lombardi trophy, Brady delivered.

Starting at their own 31, the veteran quarterback found Gronkowski with a short pass for 19 yards, then, out of the gun, hit Edelman for a 13-yard completion.
Now at the Rams’ 38-yard line, Brady found Rex Burkhead with a short seven-yard pass before finding 87 again as Gronkowski beat two defenders to finish two yards shy.

This was the only redzone visit of the night and Michel took advantage of good blocking to score his sixth postseason touchdown.

Plaudits should also go to the New England defence, who contained Jared Goff to just 229 yards and the Rams to just three points – having scored an average of 32.9 per game in the regular season.

The strong Patriots defensive performance was capped off when Stephon Gilmore read Goff and secured a pick on the New England two-yard line with just over four minutes remaining.

Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring championship game in the history of the NFL, and it was the Rams who has their tails up early when cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman tipped Brady’s pass and linebacker Cory Littleton slid in for an interception.

However Los Angeles were unable to capitalise going three-and-out – bringing in punter Johnny Hekker for the first of his six punts in the opening 30 minutes.

The Rams failed to convert a third-down in the first half, and finished the opening half with 57 yards on offence.

But crucially, the New England offence was unable to put anything on the board in the first quarter – Stephen Gostkowski missing a 46-yard field goal.

Gostkowski was true with the boot from 42 yards early in the second as the Patriots went into the locker room 3-0 up.

The second half started in a similar vain to the first with defences prevailing and punters drafted in on three-and-outs.

Hekker grabbed himself a Super Bowl record when he sent the ball down 65 yards on a third-quarter punt – beating the old record by a solitary yard.

On their ensuing possession, the Rams drew the game level as Goff drove his side 42 yards including a deep pass to Robert Woods for 18 yards.

A vital sack on third and seven meant Los Angeles had to settle for three, with Greg Zuerlein doing the honours.

It would turn out to be the Rams’ only score all night as the Patriots found the end zone for a 10-3 lead with seven minutes left before Goff was picked off with less than five remaining.

Gostkowski made it a two-score game late in the fourth when he converted a 41-yard attempt.
For the Rams, it was do or die.

A holding penalty brought the drive back before it had even begun, but as the 24-year-old pushed the Rams down the field, so the clock ticked down.

Zuerlein was drafted in for a 48-yard field goal attempt with eight ticks remaining, which would have reduced the deficit to seven.

The attempt veered left and Brady took a knee to secure the title.

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Don Crisman knows precisely when the streak began: Januaryย 15, 1967. The ticket price for the Super Bowl at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was $12.

On Sunday, Crisman, Gregory Eaton and Tom Henschel will attend Super Bowl 53 . They’re the last surviving members of the Never Miss a Super Bowl Club, the only known fans with a perfect attendance record for the NFL’s biggest game.

Ticket prices have soared through the years. Eaton said he paid $2,000 for his ticket to Sunday’s Rams-Patriots game.

It’s a unique club for the three who become mini-celebrities once a year.


Crisman is hoping his Patriots can win their sixth title. For now, Henschel’s Steelers have the record with six.








Eaton’s Detroit Lions have never made it to a Super Bowl. Year after year, he keeps his streak intact.



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