The 53rd Super Bowl was played between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, ending in a 13-3 Patriots victory. About 100 million people tuned in to watch the Feb. 3 Super Bowl this year, the lowest viewership in the past decade.
The major highlight of the game was Tom Brady and his sixth Super Bowl victory, the most by any player of all-time and the Patriots sixth overall victory, sending them into a tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most all-time.
The viewership wasn’t the only low that the Super Bowl held this year, as it was the lowest scoring Super Bowl in NFL history. Many fans complained of being completely uninterested and bored.
“I started to watch the game expecting the score to be at least 30 points per team by the end, but the more I watched the more I got bored. I eventually turned it off at halftime because I was so uninterested,” Claudio Amaya ‘22 said.
By the time halftime came around, the score was only 3-0 with the Patriots leading. In addition, both quarterbacks threw for fewer than 275 yards and an intercepted pass. (with an interception each.) Both starting running backs rushed for less than 100 yards, the lowest in the past five years.
The game started to pick up the pace as the clock wound closer to zero. By the end of the third quarter, the score was tied 3-3, and the Rams were building momentum.
In the fourth quarter, the Patriots’ Sony Michel, a rookie running back, scored a touchdown to make the game 10-3 with seven minutes left in the game. The Rams had a chance to score as they pushed down the field with their quarterback, Jared Goff.
They were within 20 yards of the end zone when Goff threw to their main receiver, Brandin Cooks, on the sideline. Under pressure from a Patriots defender, Goff threw the ball short and right into the arms of Patriots safety, Stephon Gilmore. Brady marched his team down the field, and the Patriots scored a field goal off the leg of Stephen Gostkowski, bringing the score to 13-3.
With the Rams now two possessions down and time running out, their chances were looking pretty slim. They made it all the way back to Patriots territory and attempted a field goal to try and make it a one possession game. Their last chance rested on kicker Greg Zuerlein, and he failed to make a 48 yard field goal with less than a minute left. Now the Patriots only had to kneel the ball once, and they would be crowned champions for a sixth time in 17 years.
While both teams’ offenses may have had a relatively unproductive night, there was the rare oddity when a wide receiver won the Super Bowl MVP. This year’s MVP, Julian Edelman, won after reeling in 10 catches for over 140 yards. He is the first wide receiver to win Super Bowl MVP since Santonio Holmes won it for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII, with his game winning touchdown catch against the Arizona Cardinals.
Super Bowl LIII may not have boasted the highest scores or most nail biting experiences of all time, but it still showed many new records, from Johnny Hekker’s 65 yard punt, to Brady’s sixth Super Bowl win and even Bill Belichick became the oldest coach to win. At the end of the day we were shown once again that Brady should never be counted out and truly is one of the greatest of all-time.