“Super Bowl-Patriots-Heroes Everywhere”
They earned it, this 6th Super Bowl Trophy, this New England Patriots team.
They deserve it, dismantling 3-top quarterbacks and their offenses in raising the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night.
The New England (13-3) win over the Rams was workman like, just typical Bill Belicheck football.
Game plans, big plays, tough-physical old school football.
The team that choked off Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense, the team that put a stop to the hi-octane offense of the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes, mugged the Rams and their quarterback Jared Goff in the Super Bowl.
Give credit to the Rams, they hung really tough for 56-minutes, but finally wilted late in the fourth quarter.
Give credit to the Pats defense, heroes everywhere on the field.
When they needed it, somebody stepped up. Everybody contributed.
When Tom Brady struggled against the Rams zone and man coverage packages in an anemic first half, his mighty mite WR-Julian Edelman saved the day with key catches to keep the offense on the field. When Edelman was done, he had an MVP trophy in his suitcase, and a 10-catch 141-yard night.
Unable to run, Sonny Michel found enough space late to bust off two key runs to burn the clock, and also score a TD, finishing with 98-yards.
Rob Gronkowski made key catches, and threw crushing blocks in the run game to help Michel and Rex Burkhead combine for nearly 130-yards on the ground.
That offensive front came together, after Brady was banged around in the first half. The QB was not touched in the second half, no hurries, no hits, no pressures.
Dont’a Hightower may have had the best game of his career on this big night. Two huge sacks, lots of pressures on Rams QB-Jared FGoff.
Stephon Gimoure broke up 1-TD pass in the end zone muscling the ball out, and came back on the same series and snuffed out a Rams drive with a pick at the 4-yard line.
Earlier Jason McCourty raced the length of the field to crunch Robert Woods in the end zone, dislodging what surely looked like a TD catch on blown coverage.
It may have been a field goal kicking contest for 54-minutes, but it was a defensive war for sure.
The Patriots finished with a (407-260) yardage advantage. They wore the Rams out whipping them in the first half, which led to total fatigue late in the game.
Stephen Gostkowski hammered home field goals of 41-and-42 that were the difference.
When they were finished, the Pats defense did to Goff, what they did weeks prior to Rivers and Mahomes. Goff was (5-15) at one point throwing the football, for 2-first downs. In the playoff win against Rivers, the Chargers QB was (5-17) during one stretch. Mahomes threw for (228) trying to play catchup with an offense that struggled.
Against an elite Rams offensive unit, New England had 4-sacks, 7-tackles for loss, 12-hits on the QB-6 pressures against the Rams and the young quarterback and his riverboat gambling coach.
From Bar Harbor to Bunker Hill, from Plymouth Rock up to Portland, and across the Green and White Mountains in New Hampshire-Vermont, they are celebrating again.
Another Super Bowl trophy in New England, carried by a legendary coach, his brilliant quarterback and a host of heroes who played great team football to beat the Rams on Sunday night.