LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots denied Los Angeles its first NFL title since the 1983 season after holding the Rams to a record-tying three points in a 13-3 loss in Super Bowl LIII.
The game’s only touchdown came one play after Brady’s 29-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski when rookie Sony Michel ran the ball for a two-yard touchdown.
Brady 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 and was later named Super Bowl MVP.
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.
GALLERY: Super Bowl LIII
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.
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