Analysis: The Patriots reign continues

On Feb. 3, the New England Patriots brought home their sixth title since quarterback Tom Brady started calling the shots in 2001. However, it was the defense, not Brady, that led the Patriots to their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

If you prefer offensive football, Super Bowl LIII probably did not keep you on the edge of your seat. The Patriots defense came in with a superb game plan, and they executed it to perfection. LA was held to only 57 yards of total offense in the first half of play. New England found found the perfect antidote to counter the run heavy and play-action pass offense of the Ram’s. Coach Bill Belichick’s defense shut down the Ram’s star running back, Todd Gurley, only allowing him 35 yards on 10 carries. However, the Patriots were not the only ones with a strong defensive scheme. The Rams allowed just one touchdown, a goal line rush from rookie sensation, Sony Michel. Brady, who is rightfully branded the greatest quarterback of all time, threw one interception and no touchdowns.

There was just one thing giving an edge to the Patriots, and his name is Julian Edelman. Edelman had a big day, catching the ball 10 times for a total of 141 yards. On the Patriots touchdown scoring drive, the Super Bowl MVP caught two big passes on critical third down plays.

It was another year of complete postseason domination by the New England Patriots. The Patriots were considered the underdog in many big games this year, but that was fuel for Belichick and Brady to lead their team to another Super Bowl win. Also, in case you were wondering, Brady is not done yet.