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Author: Jon Kuzma
The key to beating the Los Angeles Rams is taking away their running game. Sean McVay loves to call playaction passes and bootlegs but those designs only work if Todd Gurley and C.J Anderson are establishing a presence on the ground. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case for the Rams and you better believe Bill Belichick knew exactly what he was doing. By making Los Angeles one dimensional he already gave New England the upper hand in what would go on to be an underwhelming Super Bowl. Belichick didn’t stop there either and the next step was limiting Jared Goff. New England did that by generating a disruptive pass rush and Goff was sacked 4 times before the night was over. By accomplishing those two primary objectives the Patriots were able to rattle one of the best offenses in the league. McVay was being hailed as a once in a generation offensive innovator but the gap between Belichick and the 33 year old coach is pretty wide. Experience is key and we saw just how important it can be when you get into a clash of the titans match-up. There was one more thing that has to be mentioned about the Super Bowl champs and that’s what they did in the secondary. Stephon Gilmore was excellent and his interception late in the game was a pivotal moment in the victory. Gilmore wasn’t the only one who stepped up though. Jason McCourty had a touchdown saving pass break up against Brandin Cooks that was clutch. Cornerback Jonathan Jones also led the team in tackles (8 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL) so it was an all-around effort and the Patriots were good at all three levels defensively. This was a truly remarkable performance and only Belichick could’ve kept such a high octane team in check.
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Bill Belichick and Sean McVay coach the opposite sides of the ball but it was obvious Belichick was in complete control during Super Bowl LIII.