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Author: Jon Kuzma
The New England Patriots knew it wasn’t going to be easy and to be honest both team struggled to get any offense going in Super Bowl LIII. Luckily the Patriots had one guy who did step up in that scoring drought and it was veteran receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman was spectacular for New England racking up 10 receptions for 141 yards. It seemed like Tom Brady went to his reliable pass catcher on every single third down and the Rams struggled to make adjustments. This will go down as one of the single greatest receiver performances just because it was such a defensive battle. One player was cut above the rest and it ended up being the 32 year old Julian Edelman. Brady threw for 500 yards in last year’s Super Bowl but he only had 262 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception in this year’s event. It felt like watching Peyton Manning at the end of his career in the sense that the Patriots trusted their running game more than they have in the past. That’s because Brady is aging but clearly they can still get the job done with the greatest quarterback of all-time. The real star of the game though was Bill Belichick with x and os. He was far superior than Sean McVay and it showed on the field. Los Angeles never got in the end zone and it’s hard to win when you only put up 3 points. Jared Goff threw for 229 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception but it wasn’t good enough. Brandin Cooks did have 120 receiving yards but at some point someone has to get in for 6. Wade Phillips did keep the match-up close and LA had an opportunity to win it in the 4th quarter. However Brady and the Patriots’ offense would score 10 points and the Rams stalled out. The rest is history and it was clearly a special night for Edelman. It wasn’t the most exciting Super Bowl but at least the New England Patriots are heading back to Foxborough with their 6th championship.
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Julian Edelman’s MVP performance helped the New England Patriots win their 6th Super Bowl.