ATLANTA (CBS SF/AP) — San Mateo’s own Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have won Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams, who failed to score a touchdown in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever.
New England topped the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a game that dragged the high-def NFL back to the days of black-and-white TV.
The contest featured many Bay Area NFL stars. The Rams’ Novato-bred QB Jared Goff simply couldn’t find a rhythm in the pocket and succumbed to Brady, who captured his record sixth NFL title by throwing for 262 yards, without a touchdown. The Patriots matched the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins, with six.
Julian Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards; he was the day’s only consistent offensive threat.
Brady engineered the game’s lone touchdown drive —a five-play, 69-yard march punctuated by an over-the-shoulder, 29-yard throw into the hands of tight end Rob Gronkowski. On the next play, Sony Michel scored on a 2-yard plunge with 7 minutes to play for a 10-3 lead.
But the real stars of this game were the New England defenders, who smothered Rams quarterback Jared Goff, holding him to 229 yards that felt like less.
After New England’s score, Goff moved the Rams down to the New England 28 with 4:30 left. But the third-year quarterback threw one up for grabs near the end zone and cornerback Stephon Gilmore stepped in front for the interception.
The Rams, who averaged 32.9 points a game this season, joined the Miami Dolphins —from Super Bowl 6 in 1972— as the only the second team not to muster a touchdown in the title game.
WATCH FAN REACTIONS FROM THE BAY AREA QBS’ HOMETOWNS:
- San Mateo Football Fans Celebrate Brady’s 6th Championship
- Novato Football Fans Remain Optimistic After Rams’, Goff’s Super Bowl Loss
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