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Throwback night: Pats win Super Bowl the old-fashioned way

ATLANTA (AP) Graying but still gritty, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots came to the Super Bowl intending to stave off, for at least one more game, the inevitable onslaught of the NFL's future.

Job well done.

Pro football never looked flatter, older and more stuck in the days of the VCR than it did Sunday.

In a Super Bowl only New England could love, the Patriots won their sixth title by lumbering their way to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams - that young, brash, high-flying team with the 33-year-old coach and the 24-year-old quarterback who were, we thought, changing football before our very eyes.

If only we could've kept them open.

Among the Super Bowl records set: Fewest points by both teams (16); fewest points by the winning team (13); fewest combined points through three quarters (6); most consecutive drives ending with a punt (8 by the Rams); longest punt (65 yards).

The halftime show with Maroon 5 offered no relief - roundly ripped, including by an Associated Press reviewer who called it ''Empty. Boring. Basic. Sleepy.''

He could have said the same about the game. But give credit where it's due.

The defense designed by Belichick turned Rams quarterback Jared Goff into a jittery mess. He completed 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards, with an assortment of rushed throws, misread coverages and, in the tiny windows in which LA showed any sign of life, a pair of terrible passes.

One, trailing 3-0 in the third quarter, was late and high to wide-open Brandin Cooks in the end zone; the other, trailing 10-3 with 4:17 left in the fourth quarter, was high under pressure for an easy interception by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore that essentially ended the game.

''I know I definitely have a lot to learn from this one,'' said Rams coach Sean McVay, who, at 33, is exactly half the age of Belichick.

McVay has been the flavor of the month in the copycat NFL. Other teams have hired away three of his assistant coaches over the last two years, as the league tries to catch up with his newfangled offense that cracked 30 points in 13 games this season.

On Sunday, it managed one 53-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein and didn't take a snap inside the New England 20.

Gilmore's interception came minutes after Brady engineered the game's lone touchdown drive.

It was five plays and included four straight completions: 18 yards to Rob Gronkowski, 13 yards to Julian Edelman, seven yards to backup running back Rex Burkhead, then a 29-yard teardrop placed perfectly into the arms of Gronkowski, who was double-covered. Sony Michel ran it in from 2 yards for the touchdown with 7 minutes left.

''We couldn't get points on the board for one reason or another,'' Brady said, ''but in the end, it feels a lot better than last year, when we did get some points on the board.''

Last year, the Patriots fell 41-33 to Philly in a back-and-forth thriller that essentially featured one good defensive play: a sack and strip on Brady by Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham with the clock running down.

The year before, the Patriots scored 31 points in the second half and overtime for a riveting 34-28 comeback win over Atlanta and title No. 5.

Then, this.

New England's road to a sixth Lombardi Trophy - tied with Pittsburgh for the most - was never easy this season. The Patriots lost five times, didn't have home-field advantage through the playoffs and, after every loss, were beset by questions over whether the 41-year-old Brady and his 66-year-old coach might be winding down.

Through it all, though, they could score. New England averaged 27.2 points a game. And in the run through the playoffs, the offense scored 10 touchdowns and Brady barely got touched, and never got sacked.

They were not clicking like that Sunday at the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where 70,081 fans - most of them cheering for New England - watched the game.

Other than Edelman, whose 10 catches for 141 yards won him MVP honors and made him look like a combination of Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice considering everything happening around him, the Patriots were out of sync.

Brady's first pass got intercepted. He went 21 for 35 for 262 yards and a passer rating of 71.4 - more than 26 points lower than he averaged this season.

New England outgained Los Angeles 195-57 in the first half, but settled for two field goal attempts - one miss and one make - for a 3-0 lead at the break.

It was 3-3 heading into the fourth quarter - the fewest points through the first 45 minutes of any playoff game since a 1980 barnburner between the Bucs and Rams that LA won 9-0.

Maybe the biggest irony of all: The New England dynasty's five previous Super Bowl victories came by 3, 3, 3, 4 and 6. Two were decided on the last play. The other three came down to the final minutes.

Compared to that, this was a veritable runaway.

On a day when New England held LA running back Todd Gurley to 35 yards, when LA couldn't muster a drive longer than five plays for nearly three quarters, and when LA's Johnny Hekker (eight punts, 46.3 yard average) was his team's most effective player, a 10-point lead at the end felt like a million.

''It's a beautiful thing, man,'' said New England cornerback Jason McCourty.

And a game only the Patriots could love.

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Key Players
S. Michel 26 RB
94 RuYds, RuTD
15
FPTS
B. Cooks 12 WR
120 ReYds, 8 RECs
12
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:16
S.Gostkowski 41 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
9
plays
72
yds
3:05
pos
13
3
Point After TD 7:00
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 7:00
L.Waddle reported in as eligible. S.Michel left tackle for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
69
yds
2:49
pos
9
3
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:15
G.Zuerlein 53 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
10
plays
42
yds
4:22
pos
3
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 10:33
S.Gostkowski 42 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Cardona Holder-R.Allen.
7
plays
39
yds
3:29
pos
3
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 33:10 26:50
1st Downs 22 14
Rushing 6 2
Passing 12 11
Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Conv 3-12 3-13
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 407 260
Total Plays 68 60
Avg Gain 6.0 4.3
Net Yards Rushing 154 62
Rush Attempts 32 18
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 3.4
Net Yards Passing 253 198
Comp. - Att. 21-35 19-38
Yards Per Pass 7.2 5.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-9 4-31
Penalties - Yards 3-20 9-65
Touchdowns 1 0
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 5-40.6 9-46.1
Return Yards 40 39
Punts - Returns 2-2 2-12
Kickoffs - Returns 1-38 1-27
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 3/4 1/2
Extra Points 1/1 0/0
Field Goals 2/3 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-0 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Patriots 14-5 0301013
Rams 15-4 00303
253 PASS YDS 198
154 RUSH YDS 62
407 TOTAL YDS 260
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Brady 12 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 262 0 1 71.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.5% 4617 29 12 96.1
T. Brady 21/35 262 0 1 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Michel 26 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 94 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
227 1025 7
S. Michel 18 94 1 26 15
R. Burkhead 34 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 43 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
64 229 0
R. Burkhead 7 43 0 26 5
J. Edelman 11 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 115 0
J. Edelman 1 8 0 8 14
C. Patterson 84 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 235 1
C. Patterson 2 7 0 6 1
J. White 28 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
96 429 5
J. White 2 4 0 3 0
T. Brady 12 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 33 2
T. Brady 2 -2 0 -1 8
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Edelman 11 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 10 141 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 84 991 6
J. Edelman 12 10 141 0 27 14
R. Gronkowski 87 TE
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 87 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 769 3
R. Gronkowski 7 6 87 0 29 8
R. Burkhead 34 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 146 1
R. Burkhead 2 2 15 0 8 5
C. Patterson 84 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 261 3
C. Patterson 2 2 14 0 9 1
J. White 28 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 88 756 7
J. White 4 1 5 0 5 0
C. Hogan 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 532 3
C. Hogan 6 0 0 0 0 0
S. Michel 26 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 50 0
S. Michel 2 0 0 0 0 15
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Jones 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-14 3 2.0
J. Jones 6-2 1.0 0 0
S. Gilmore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-5 3 1.0
S. Gilmore 5-0 0.0 1 1
J. McCourty 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-17 1 0.0
J. McCourty 4-1 0.0 0 0
K. Van Noy 53 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-37 1 4.0
K. Van Noy 3-0 1.0 0 0
D. Wise 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-17 0 4.0
D. Wise 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Hightower 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-24 1 3.0
D. Hightower 2-0 2.0 0 0
D. Shelton 71 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-11 0 0.0
D. Shelton 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Flowers 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-26 0 7.0
T. Flowers 2-1 0.0 0 0
L. Guy 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-34 0 1.0
L. Guy 2-0 0.0 0 0
P. Chung 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-34 1 0.0
P. Chung 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. McCourty 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-24 1 0.0
D. McCourty 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. McClellan 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. McClellan 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Roberts 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-34 0 1.0
E. Roberts 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Jackson 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-3 3 0.0
J. Jackson 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Brown 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-22 0 0.0
M. Brown 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Gostkowski 3 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
29/35 50/51
S. Gostkowski 2/3 42 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Allen 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 43.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
69 44.9 24
R. Allen 5 43.0 3 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Patterson 84 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 38.0 38 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 29.2 95 1
C. Patterson 1 38.0 38 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Edelman 11 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 7.1 25 0
J. Edelman 2 1.0 7 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 229 0 1 57.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.9% 4917 32 13 98.3
J. Goff 19/38 229 0 1 7
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
266 1286 17
T. Gurley 10 35 0 16 3
C. Anderson 35 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 22 0
C. Anderson 7 22 0 5 3
R. Woods 17 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 162 1
R. Woods 1 5 0 5 7
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
B. Cooks 12 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 8 120 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 88 1324 5
B. Cooks 13 8 120 0 24 12
R. Woods 17 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 5 70 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 91 1289 6
R. Woods 10 5 70 0 18 7
J. Reynolds 83 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 430 5
J. Reynolds 7 3 28 0 11 2
C. Anderson 35 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 12 0
C. Anderson 3 2 12 0 9 3
G. Everett 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 320 3
G. Everett 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Gurley 30 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 -1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 60 579 4
T. Gurley 2 1 -1 0 -1 3
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
C. Littleton 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
96-39 4 4.0
C. Littleton 6-4 0.0 1 0
J. Johnson 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
87-39 4 0.0
J. Johnson 5-2 0.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-23 0 1.0
M. Brockers 5-2 0.0 0 0
M. Peters 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-12 3 0.0
M. Peters 5-2 0.0 0 0
L. Joyner 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-22 1 1.0
L. Joyner 4-2 0.0 0 0
D. Fowler 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Fowler 4-0 0.0 0 0
A. Talib 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-5 1 0.0
A. Talib 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Barron 26 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-22 0 1.0
M. Barron 3-5 0.0 0 0
S. Ebukam 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-15 1 3.0
S. Ebukam 3-0 0.0 0 0
N. Suh 93 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-24 0 4.0
N. Suh 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Franklin-Myers 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 3.0
J. Franklin-Myers 1-0 1.0 0 1
N. Robey-Coleman 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-13 1 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Donald 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-22 0 20.0
A. Donald 1-4 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Zuerlein 4 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
28/33 35/36
G. Zuerlein 1/2 53 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 46.3 5
SEASON NO AVG IN20
52 46.3 26
J. Hekker 9 46.3 5 65
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Natson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 27.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 19.3 27 0
J. Natson 1 27.0 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Natson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 6.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
28 10.4 60 0
J. Natson 2 6.0 13 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NE 40 2:54 5 27 INT
11:14 NE 12 5:40 11 60 FG Miss
3:24 NE 19 3:13 7 41 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:58 NE 37 3:29 7 39 FG
7:47 NE 17 1:36 3 8 Punt
3:57 NE 27 2:44 8 41 Downs
0:13 NE 2 0:16 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 NE 8 2:52 6 41 Punt
8:36 NE 29 2:03 3 5 Punt
2:11 NE 25 2:24 5 31 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:49 NE 31 2:49 5 69 TD
4:17 NE 4 3:05 9 72 FG
0:05 NE 38 0:05 1 -1 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:06 LAR 27 0:51 3 2 Punt
5:35 LAR 36 2:10 5 17 Punt
0:12 LAR 6 1:14 3 3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:29 LAR 28 2:39 5 23 Punt
6:14 LAR 45 2:17 3 -6 Punt
1:13 LAR 32 0:57 3 8 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 25 2:02 5 21 Punt
10:06 LAR 2 1:30 3 4 Punt
6:33 LAR 23 4:22 10 42 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:47 LAR 7 4:58 9 23 Punt
7:00 LAR 25 2:43 7 48 INT
1:12 LAR 25 1:07 6 45 FG Miss