Patriots beat LA Rams to claim Super Bowl
Updated 14:47, 04-Feb-2019
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The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday in Super Bowl to capture the National Football League championship for a record-tying sixth time.

The total of 16 points scored in the game was the lowest ever in a Super Bowl, surpassing Miami's 14-7 win over Washington in 1973.

Tom Brady, 41, became the first player ever to win six Super Bowls, 17 years after leading the Patriots to his first title way back in 2002.

"We've been this far and lost which is really tough," a jubilant Brady said.

"We had a lot of resolve the last couple of weeks I wish we played a little better on offense but we won. Super Bowl champs."

Brady also re-stated his desire to play at least another season.

"How could this not motivate you? It's what it's all about," he said.

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., February 3, 2019. /VCG Photo

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., February 3, 2019. /VCG Photo

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick meanwhile said the team had been determined to dispel suggestions they were a dynasty in decline.

"It's sweet," Belichick said. "Everybody counted us out from the beginning of the season, mid-season, but we're still here."

Brady – already widely regarded as the greatest quarterback the National Football League has ever seen – provided the decisive moment to break open the game midway through the fourth quarter.

With the score finely balanced at 3-3, Brady picked out tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 29-yard completion that left the Patriots just two yards from the line.

It was the first time in the game that either side had advanced to 1st and goal in a defense-dominated game that failed to live up to its billing.

The Patriots were in no mood to waste the hard-fought opportunity, and rookie running back Sony Michel crashed over for what turned out to be the crucial score.

The Rams looked to have finally found some fluency as they chased a touchdown to level, but quarterback Jared Goff was picked off by corner Stephon Gilmore to leave the Patriots in sight of victory.

The Patriots marched up the field on the subsequent possession and Stephen Gostkowski's second field goal with 1min 16sec remaining made it a two-score game.

The New England Patriots react at the end of the fourth quarter after defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., February 3, 2019. /VCG Photo

The New England Patriots react at the end of the fourth quarter after defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., February 3, 2019. /VCG Photo

The Patriots' triumph saw them join the Pittsburgh Steelers with six Super Bowl titles, the most by any franchise.

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP for a series of crucial receptions that kept the Patriots on the front foot at critical moments.

Source(s): AFP ,Reuters