Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl LIII was an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2018 season. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Los Angeles Rams, 13–3. The game was played on February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the first Super Bowl played at that stadium, and the third one held in Atlanta.

The Patriots' victory was their sixth, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships. New England, after finishing the regular season with a 11–5 record, advanced to their 11th Super Bowl appearance, their fourth in five years, and their ninth under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Rams, who finishing the regular season with a 13–3 record under 30-year-old head coach Sean McVay and second-year quarterback Jared Goff, made their fourth Super Bowl appearance overall, and their first one since moving back from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016. Super Bowl LIII thus was a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, a 20–17 Patriots win over the Rams that gave the Belichick–Brady head coach–quarterback tandem their first Super Bowl championship. With the Rams now playing in Los Angeles instead of St. Louis, Super Bowl LIII marked the first Super Bowl appearance of a Los Angeles-based team since the Raiders' victory in Super Bowl XVIII, and the 13th meeting in a major sports championship between the Los Angeles and Greater Boston areas.

Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, eclipsing the previous record of 14–7 held by Super Bowl VII, and the lowest-scoring league championship contest since a 14–0 score was recorded during the 1949 NFL Championship Game. It also marked the first Super Bowl with no touchdowns scored by either team in the first three quarters, as the Patriots and the Rams held the contest to a 3–3 tie as they entered the fourth quarter. New England then scored 10 unanswered points for the victory, as their lone touchdown tied them with the New York Jets in Super Bowl III for the fewest touchdowns by a winning Super Bowl team. The Rams ended up as only the second losing team to not score a touchdown, tying the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught 10 passes for 141 yards, was named Super Bowl MVP.[5]

The broadcast of the game on CBS had the smallest Super Bowl audience in 10 years.[6] The halftime show was headlined by U.S. pop group Maroon 5, joined by rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott as guests.

Super Bowl LIII
Super Bowl LIII logo
New England Patriots (2)
(AFC)
(11–5)
Los Angeles Rams (2)
(NFC)
(13–3)
13 3
Head coach:
Bill Belichick
Head coach:
Sean McVay
1234 Total
NE 03010 13
LAR 0030 3
DateFebruary 3, 2019
StadiumMercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
MVPJulian Edelman, wide receiver
FavoritePatriots by 2.5[1]
RefereeJohn Parry
Attendance70,081
Ceremonies
National anthemGladys Knight[2]
Coin tossBernice King[3]
Halftime showMaroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi[4]
TV in the United States
NetworkCBS
AnnouncersJim Nantz (play-by-play)
Tony Romo (analyst)
Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn and Jay Feely (sideline reporters)
Gene Steratore (rules analyst)
Nielsen ratings41.1 (national)
57.4 (Boston)
44.6 (Los Angeles)
U.S. viewership: 98.2 million est. avg.
Cost of 30-second commercial$5.25 million
Radio in the United States
NetworkWestwood One
ESPN Deportes Radio (Spanish language)
AnnouncersKevin Harlan (play-by-play)
Kurt Warner and Mike Holmgren (analysts)
Ed Werder and Tony Boselli (sideline reporters)
Kenneth Garay (play-by-play- ESPN Deportes Radio)
Sebastian Martínez Christensen (analyst- ESPN Deportes Radio)

Background

Host-selection process

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, host venue of Super Bowl LIII

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Jan 2018
Peach Bowl Pre-game (39431667481)

On May 19, 2015, the league announced the four finalists that would compete to host Super Bowl LIII in 2019, LIV in 2020, and LV in 2021. NFL owners voted on these cities on May 24, 2016, with the first round of voting determining the host for Super Bowl LIII, the second round deciding a different site for Super Bowl LIV and the third round deciding the site for Super Bowl LV. The four finalists for Super Bowl LIII, all in the Southeastern United States, were:[7][8]

After three votes, Atlanta was awarded Super Bowl LIII at the NFL owners' meeting on May 24, 2016. The losing candidates, except for New Orleans which removed itself from the voting for all games except Super Bowl LIII due to event conflicts in 2020 and 2021, were then pitted against Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California for Super Bowl LIV and Super Bowl LV hosting rights. Miami eventually won the rights to host Super Bowl LIV and Los Angeles won the rights to host Super Bowl LV.[9][10] However, on May 23, 2017, NFL owners opted to award Super Bowl LV to Tampa and give Super Bowl LVI to Los Angeles after it was announced that Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park would open in 2020 due to construction delays. New Orleans would be awarded Super Bowl LVIII.[11]

The NFL unveiled the official logo for Super Bowl LIII in February 2018; it is a navy blue-tinted version of the design introduced at Super Bowl LI, and the overall branding of the game featured use of blue and red. The host committee logo featured a stylized overhead rendition of Mercedes-Benz Stadium's roof.[12]

Teams

New England Patriots

The Patriots finished the 2018 season with an 11–5 record to earn the #2 seed in the AFC and their 17th season with at least ten wins in their 19 years under 66-year-old head coach Bill Belichick. They went on to join the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills as the only teams in NFL history to ever reach three consecutive Super Bowls. Though the team had only two Pro Bowl selections, they scored 436 points (fourth in the league) while giving up only 325 (seventh fewest).[13]

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earned his 14th Pro Bowl selection at age 41, finishing the season with 4,355 passing yards and 29 touchdowns, with only 11 interceptions, while also rushing for 35 yards and two more scores on the ground.[14] These totals made him just the second quarterback in NFL history to amass 70,000 career passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. His top receiver from the previous season, Brandin Cooks, was traded to the eventual Super Bowl rival Rams, but Julian Edelman, who had missed the previous season with an torn ACL injury, returned to catch 74 receptions for a team-leading 850 yards and six touchdowns, while also returning 20 punts for 154 yards.[15] Other key receivers included Chris Hogan (35 receptions for 553 yards and three touchdowns) and Josh Gordon (40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns), though Gordon would end up leaving the team to focus on his mental health after 11 games when faced with a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Tight end Rob Gronkowski added 47 receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, the running game featured a dynamic new weapon, rookie halfback Sony Michel, who lead the team with 931 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, along with veteran James White who racked up 1,176 yards from scrimmage while leading the team in receptions (87) and total touchdowns (12). On special teams, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson returned 23 kickoffs for 663 yards and a touchdown, an average of 28.8 yards per return (third in the NFL), while also catching 21 passes for 247 yards, rushing for 228 yards and scoring four touchdowns on offense.[13]

On defense, defensive end Trey Flowers led the team with 7.5 sacks and also forced three fumbles. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy led the team in total tackles (92), while also recording 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. In the secondary, safety Duron Harmon lead the team in interceptions for the second year in a row with four, while Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles. Safety Patrick Chung also made an impact with 84 total tackles to go with an interception and a fumble recovery.[13] The Patriots secondary also featured twin brothers Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty, who both had an interception each. Devin had 82 tackles, while Jason had 70.[16]

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams finished the 2018 season earning the #2 seed in the NFC, before knocking off the Dallas Cowboys and top seeded New Orleans Saints to earn their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history.[17] The Rams went from 2004 to 2016 without recording a winning record. After relocating from St. Louis back to Los Angeles and posting a dismal 4–12 season in 2016, the team's fortunes changed with the hiring of 30-year-old head coach Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in NFL history.[18] Under McVay and second year quarterback Jared Goff, who recovered from a lackluster winless rookie season to record a triple digit passer rating, the Rams improved to an 11–5 record in 2017. Then in 2018, they won their first eight games and finished the year with a 13–3 record, tying the Saints for the best record in the NFC.

The Rams offense ranked second in the NFL in both points scored (527) and yards gained (6,738).[19] Goff continued to improve in his third season, setting new career highs in passing yards (4,688, fourth in the NFL), passing touchdowns (32), passer rating (101.1), rushing yards (108) and rushing touchdowns (two). His top receiver was Robert Woods, who caught 86 passes for 1,219 yards and 6 touchdowns. Brandin Cooks, an off-season pickup from the Patriots via trade, also made a big impact with 80 receptions for 1,204 yards and 5 scores. The team's #3 receiver, Cooper Kupp, suffered a season ending injury after catching 40 passes for 566 yards in 8 games, forcing Goff to rely heavily on other targets like Gerald Everett (32 receptions) and Josh Reynolds (29). Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley was the team's leading rusher with 1,251 yards (fourth in the NFL) and 17 touchdowns, while also catching 59 passes for 580 yards and five more touchdowns. His 17 rushing touchdowns led the league, while his 22 total touchdowns gave him 132 points, fifth in the NFL. Running back C. J. Anderson, who made the Rams his third different team in 2018 after signing up with them in December, also was a key aspect of the running game, finishing the season with 405 yards and leading the team in rushing in both of their playoff victories. On special teams, JoJo Natson returned 26 punts for 280 yards, while kicker Greg Zuerlein made 87.1% of his field goals, including a franchise postseason record 57-yard kick to defeat the Saints in overtime in the NFC championship game.[20]

The Rams defense featured Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who led the league in sacks with 20.5, as many sacks as the rest of the team combined. He also had 59 tackles (25 for loss), four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Veteran defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was second on the team with 4.5 sacks, while also getting 59 tackles and recovering two fumbles. Pro Bowl linebacker Cory Littleton led the team in total tackles with 125, while also picking up four sacks, three interceptions and blocking two punts. The Rams also had a strong secondary, led by John Johnson (119 tackles and four interceptions), Marcus Peters (three interceptions), Lamarcus Joyner (78 tackles) and Aqib Talib.[21]

Playoffs

In the playoffs, the Patriots earned a first-round bye as the AFC's second overall seed. In the divisional round, they defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 41–28, scoring touchdowns on five of their first six possessions. Brady passed for 343 yards and a touchdown, while running back Sony Michel rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns.[22] They then defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 37–31 in the AFC Championship Game, scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime. The Patriots held a 14–0 lead at halftime, before the Chiefs rallied to take the lead 21–17 in the fourth quarter. From there, both teams took turns taking the lead, until the Chiefs forced overtime with a 39-yard field goal by Harrison Butker to tie the game 31–31. In overtime, Rex Burkhead scored a two-yard touchdown to win the game. Michel ended up rushing for a combined total of 242 yards and five touchdowns in the Patriots' two playoff games, setting an NFL record for postseason rushing touchdowns by a rookie.[23] In the AFC championship game, the Patriots defense held Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce, who had both gained over 1,300 receiving yards during the season, to a combined total of just four receptions for 65 yards.[24]

Meanwhile, the Rams also had a first-round bye as the NFC's second overall seed. They started off the divisional round by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 30–22. The Rams gained 273 yards on the ground with running backs Todd Gurley and C. J. Anderson rushing for over 100 yards each.[25] They then defeated the New Orleans Saints 26–23 in the NFC Championship Game, scoring a game-winning field goal in overtime. The Saints jumped out to an early 13–0 first quarter lead, before the Rams rallied to close the lead to 13–10 at halftime. In the fourth quarter, Greg Zuerlein tied the game at 20–20, with just over 5 minutes remaining. The Saints moved the ball to the Rams' 13 yard line, but could not gain a first down. On third down, quarterback Drew Brees threw a pass to receiver Tommylee Lewis, who was covered by Nickell Robey-Coleman. Though Robey-Coleman knocked Lewis to the ground and the pass fell incomplete, no penalty was called and the Saints' Wil Lutz kicked a 31-yard field goal to take the lead. The Rams took possession and sent the game to overtime with a 48-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein. In overtime, Brees threw an interception on their first drive and Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal to win the game.[26]

Pre-game notes

The game was a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI between the Patriots and the Rams; the Rams at the time were based in St. Louis.[27] However, only one player, Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady, remained on either roster from that contest. Bill Belichick, the Patriots' head coach in the previous contest, also remained in that position for this game.[28] Super Bowl LIII featured record setting age differences between each team's starting quarterbacks and head coaches, pitting 41-year-old Brady against 24-year-old Jared Goff, as well as 66-year-old Belichick against 33-year-old Sean McVay.[29]

The then-St. Louis Rams won their sole Super Bowl title in Atlanta, Super Bowl XXXIV, hosted at the now-demolished Georgia Dome in 2000, which was located adjacent to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.[30][31]

As the designated home team in the annual rotation between AFC and NFC teams, the Rams elected to wear their royal blue and yellow throwback uniforms for the game, which they have previously worn for six home games including a home playoff game during the 2018 season.[32][33][34] The Patriots wore their standard white away uniforms.[35]

Boston and Los Angeles teams of other professional sports have met in the championship rounds, popularizing the "Beat L.A." chant and the hashtag "#BeatLA".[36][37] The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have contested a record twelve NBA Finals. Furthermore, Los Angeles Galaxy and New England Revolution have contested three MLS Cups.[38] The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers faced off in the 2018 World Series, and with the Patriots and Rams meeting in Super Bowl LIII, it was only the second time in 50 years that two cities' MLB and NFL teams have competed for the league title in the same season (or calendar year), the first time being in 1969 when the New York Jets and Baltimore Colts competed for Super Bowl III in January 1969 followed by the 1969 World Series featuring the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles.[39][40] The Patriots faced another Los Angeles-based team in the same playoffs, the Chargers in the divisional round, en route to their Super Bowl meeting with the Rams.[41][42][43]

Associated events

Pre-game events and entertainment were centered around Downtown Atlanta, with State Farm Arena having hosted Super Bowl Opening Night, the Georgia World Congress Center hosting the Super Bowl Experience and Super Bowl Live at Centennial Olympic Park. State Farm Arena also hosted the inaugural Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, a three-night concert series that was headlined by Ludacris and Migos (night 1), Aerosmith (night 2), and Bruno Mars and Cardi B (night 3).[44][45] The show competed with a "Super Saturday Night" concert held by DirecTV at a temporary venue near Atlantic Station, headlined by the Foo Fighters and featuring Roger Taylor, Zac Brown, Tom Morello, Perry Farrell and Dave Koz as special guests.[46]

The NFL officially launched its centennial commemorations at Super Bowl LIII, ahead of its 100th season.[47][48][49] A themed, two-minute advertisement was aired during the game.[50][51]

Broadcasting

United States

CBS broadcast Super Bowl LIII as part of an annual cycle between the three main broadcast television partners of the NFL, marking the 20th time it has broadcast the game.[52] As with CBS's most recent Super Bowl (Super Bowl 50), ESPN Deportes aired a Spanish-language broadcast of the game (the audio of which was simulcast on CBS's SAP channel).[53] CBS's coverage utilized a total of 115 cameras, including 8K resolution cameras (for the first time in a U.S. network sports telecast) in the end zones, as well as field-level and "up close" augmented reality graphics (with the latter generated from a wireless, handheld camera).[54][55]

Digitally, the game was available via the CBS Sports app, CBSSports.com, the Yahoo! Sports app, Tumblr app, the NFL app and through CBS's subscription service CBS All Access.[56] The Yahoo! Sports app and Tumblr app streams are part of a long-term deal between then NFL and Verizon Media.

Westwood One affiliates carried the game on radio for free, with SiriusXM carrying the game in eight languages and hometown broadcasts, and the main feed on Sirius XM NFL Radio.[56]

Advertising

With a base price slightly higher than US $5 million for a 30-second ad, the cost of commercial time remained even with the previous three events. There were fewer spots sold overall in comparison to the previous Super Bowl; CBS aired more than double the number of promos for its own programming (as well as that of its subscription service CBS All Access) than NBC did at Super Bowl LII.[57]

Anheuser-Busch made its largest-ever advertising purchase for a single Super Bowl, with a total of eight different commercials of various lengths (covering five-and-a-half minutes of airtime) across seven product brands, including three being advertised during the game for the first time.[58][59] CBS rejected an ad from medical cannabis company Acreage Holdings advocating for legalization.[60]

For the first time in its history, the NFL itself won USA Today's Super Bowl Ad Meter survey determining the best commercial aired during the game, with an advertisement launching a campaign celebrating its 100th season.[61]

Lead-out programs

CBS's lead-out program was the series premiere of the talent competition series The World's Best.[62] After late local programs, CBS also aired a special Sunday-night episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[63]

Ratings

Initial overnight Nielsen Ratings measured a 44.9 rating for the game, down 5% from the previous year and the lowest rating for a Super Bowl since Super Bowl XLIII ten years prior.[64] 98.2 million viewers were measured, the fewest since Super Bowl XLII.[65] Jemele Hill of The Atlantic attributed the low ratings "to the game being the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever, moderate national interest in the Rams, the lingering bad taste from the huge blown call in the NFC Championship Game, and Patriots fatigue".[66] In New Orleans, whose Saints had lost the NFC Championship in part because of the blown call, ratings were down 51% compared to Super Bowl LII as Louisianans boycotted and refused to watch the game.[67] Outside the Boston market, where the 57.1 overnight rating was the highest among local markets, the highest-rated markets were in Richmond, Virginia and Buffalo, New York (the latter having traditionally high ratings for sporting events and being the home of the Patriots' division rivals the Buffalo Bills); Los Angeles was near the national average.[68] A downturn of approximately 5% was noted during the halftime show.[68]

International

In Canada, the game was aired by CTV, CTV 2 and TSN.[69] Unifor purchased time on the Canadian broadcast to air an attack ad criticizing General Motors' decision to close the Oshawa Car Assembly plant, defying demands from the company to pull the ad because they deemed it to be misleading.[70][71]

In Australia and New Zealand, ESPN Australia aired an ESPN-produced broadcast of the game that featured the Monday Night Football commentary crew of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland.[72]

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the game was broadcast on the free-to-air channel BBC One, and paid-subscription channels Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports USA.[73][74]

Entertainment

The musical artists who agreed to perform at the show—including Gladys Knight, Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi—were criticized by media outlets, other artists, and members of the public for performing at Super Bowl LIII because of the NFL's alleged blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick for protesting police brutality by kneeling during the pre-game national anthem.[75][76][77][78] Several artists, including Jay-Z and Cardi B, turned down offers to perform at the game in support of Kaepernick.[79]

Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies became the first male cheerleaders to perform at a major US sporting event.[80] Scott Winer was the first openly gay cameraman to film the Super Bowl.[81]

Pre-game

The NFL had Mercedes-Benz Stadium's retractable roof open for the pre-game ceremonies, then closed it prior to kickoff.[82]

Atlanta natives Chloe x Halle performed "America the Beautiful".[83] Gladys Knight performed "The Star-Spangled Banner".[84][75] D.C. resident Aarron Loggins performed a sign-language interpretation for both songs.[85]

Bernice King—the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.—and civil rights movement leaders Andrew Young and John Lewis participated in the coin toss ceremony. King had the honors of flipping the coin.[86]

Halftime show

On January 13, 2019, the NFL announced that pop band Maroon 5 would headline the Super Bowl LIII halftime show. They were joined by Big Boi of Outkast and Travis Scott as guests.[87][76] A short clip featuring the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants and a clip from the 2001 episode "Band Geeks" was aired as a tribute to series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died in November due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as a response to a petition on Change.org calling the NFL to have the song "Sweet Victory" performed at the halftime show.[88] The full clip of the "Sweet Victory" song, including a dedication to Hillenburg, was played inside the stadium prior to the game.[89]

Game summary

First half

The Patriots received first possession as Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 38 yards to the Patriots' 39-yard line and the team picked up 27 yards with their next five plays. But on Tom Brady's first pass attempt of the day, Nickell Robey-Coleman deflected the ball into the hands of linebacker Cory Littleton for an interception. Following a punt, the Patriots drove 45 yards in 11 plays, the longest a 19-yard catch by tight end Rob Gronkowski. But once again they failed to score, this time as a result of Stephen Gostkowski missing a 46-yard field goal attempt. The Rams were again unable to move the ball and again the Patriots threatened to score when Brady completed a 25-yard pass to Julian Edelman at the Rams 45-yard line. But on the next play, Brady was sacked by defensive end John Franklin-Myers and fumbled the ball. Center David Andrews recovered the fumble, but the team was only able to get to the Rams' 40 before 4th down and had to punt with 18 seconds left in the first quarter.

After forcing another three-and-out, the Patriots managed to drive 39 yards in seven plays, most of which came from another 25-yard completion from Brady to Edelman. Gostkowski finished the possession with a 42-yard field goal, giving the team a 3–0 lead with 10:29 left in the second quarter. After the next three drives ended in punts, the Patriots took the ball and drove 36 yards to the Rams 32-yard line. But on a 4th-and-1 conversion attempt, Brady threw an incomplete pass with 1:16 left on the clock.

The two teams went into their locker rooms with the Patriots leading, 3–0, the second lowest halftime score in Super Bowl history and the lowest since the 2–0 halftime score in Super Bowl IX after the 1974 season.[90] In the entire first half, the Rams had gained just 57 yards and two first downs, both record lows for coach Sean McVay. This was also the first time that McVay's Rams had ever been shut out in a first half.[91]

Second half

The defensive trend continued into the second half as both teams punted twice (one of them was a Super Bowl record 65-yard punt by the Rams' Johnny Hekker). With 6:33 left in the third quarter, the Rams opened their first drive of more than five plays and their first not to end in a punt, moving the ball 42 yards in 10 plays. On the third play of the drive, Jared Goff completed a 15-yard pass to Brandin Cooks and later made his first third-down conversion with an 18-yard pass to Robert Woods on 3rd-and-6. On 3rd-and-7 from the Patriots' 26-yard line, Goff was sacked for a 9-yard loss by Dont'a Hightower, but Greg Zuerlein connected on a 53-yard field goal, the second-longest in Super Bowl history, to tie the game at 3–3 with 2:11 left in the third quarter. The Patriots took the ball back and drove to the Rams' 44-yard line, but were halted there and punted on the first play of the fourth quarter. For the first time in Super Bowl history, both teams had gone three quarters without scoring a touchdown.[92]

After forcing the Rams to punt, the Patriots mounted the longest drive of the game as Brady completed an 18-yard pass to Gronkowski, a 13-yard pass to Edelman, a 7-yard pass to running back Rex Burkhead and a 29-yard pass to Gronkowski, bringing them to the Rams' 2-yard line. On the next play, Sony Michel gave the Patriots the lead with a touchdown run, extending his rookie postseason rushing touchdown record to six. With the extra point by Gostkowski, the Patriots had a 10–3 lead with seven minutes left in regulation. On the first play of the Rams' next drive, Goff completed a 19-yard pass to Cooks and later converted a 3rd-and-9 with an 11-yard throw to Josh Reynolds. On the next play, his 17-yard completion to Woods moved the ball to the Patriots' 27-yard line. But with just over 4 minutes left in the game, Goff threw a pass that was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore on the 3-yard line.

The Rams now needed to force a punt or turnover, but were unable to contain the Patriots on the ground. On the second play of the Patriots' possession, Michel stormed through the line for a 26-yard run. After he picked up 10 more yards with his next two carries, Burkhead's 26-yard run gave the Patriots a first down on the Rams' 33-yard line. Three plays later, Gostkowski kicked a 41-yard field goal, giving the Patriots a 13–3 lead with 1:12 left on the clock. Taking the ball back on their own 25, Goff completed a 10-yard pass to Woods, as well as completions to Cooks for gains of 24 and 21 yards, moving the ball to the Patriots' 30-yard line. With 8 seconds left, the Rams decided to kick a field goal, which would have been followed by an onside kick, but Zuerlein missed wide left from 48 yards and the Patriots ran out the last few seconds of the game clock.[93]

Totals

Brady completed 21 of 35 passes for 262 yards, with one interception. Edelman was his top target with 10 receptions for 141 yards, while Gronkowski caught six passes for 87 yards in his final NFL game (he announced his retirement in March of 2019). Michel was the top rusher of the game with 94 yards and a touchdown. Gilmore had five solo tackles and an interception. Goff finished the day 19-for-38 passing, for 229 yards and an interception. Cooks was his top receiver with eight receptions for 120 yards. Littleton had 10 tackles (six solo) and an interception. Hekker punted nine times for 417 yards, an average of 46.3 yards per punt, and put five punts inside the 20. The Rams were only the second team in Super Bowl history to fail to score a touchdown, the first having been the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI after the 1971 season.[94]

Brady became the first player to win six Super Bowls, surpassing Charles Haley's five.[95] Brady also, at age 41, became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl and Bill Belichick became the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl, at age 66.[95] Edelman was named the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player,[96] the first wide receiver so recognized since Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl XLIII after the 2008 season.[97] Despite holding the Rams to just three points, no Patriots defender received a vote.[98]

Box score

Final statistics

Statistical comparison

Statistic[99] New England Patriots Los Angeles Rams
First downs 22 14
First downs rushing 6 2
First downs passing 12 11
First downs penalty 4 1
Third down efficiency 3/12 3/13
Fourth down efficiency 0/1 0/0
Total net yards 407 260
Net yards rushing 154 62
Rushing attempts 32 18
Yards per rush 4.8 3.4
Yards passing 253 198
Passing–completions/attempts 21/35 19/38
Times sacked–total yards 1–9 4–31
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Punt returns–total yards 2–2 2–12
Kickoff returns–total yards 1–38 1–27
Interceptions–total return yards 1–0 1–0
Punts–average yardage 5–43 9–46.3
Fumbles–lost 1–0 1–0
Penalties–yards 3–20 9–65
Time of possession 33:10 26:50
Turnovers 1 1
Records set
(Unless noted as "NFL Championships," all records refer only to Super Bowls)
Most appearances, team 11 New England Patriots
Fewest points scored, winning team 13
Most consecutive drives ending with a punt 8 Los Angeles Rams
Fewest touchdowns, first 3 quarters (both teams) 0 Super Bowl LIII
Fewest touchdowns (both teams, game) 1
Fewest PATs (both teams, game) 1
Fewest kickoff returns (both teams, game) 2
Fewest points, first 3 quarters (both teams) 6
Fewest points (both teams, game) 16
Most appearances, player 9 Tom Brady (New England)
Most appearances, starting player 9
Most wins, player 6
Most NFL championships won, player 6
Most pass attempts, player (career) 392
Most pass completions, player (career) 256
Most passing yards, player (career) 2,838
Oldest quarterback, player 41 years, 183 days
Oldest quarterback, starting player 41 years, 183 days
Oldest quarterback to win 41 years, 183 days
Most appearances, head coach 9 Bill Belichick (New England)
Most appearances, coach 12
Most appearances, any capacity 12
Most won, head coach 6
Most won, coach 8
Most won, any capacity 8
Oldest head coach, winning team 66 years, 293 days
Most appearances, kicker 6 Stephen Gostkowski (New England)
Most receptions, tight end 23 Rob Gronkowski (New England)[100]
Youngest head coach 33 years, 10 days Sean McVay (Los Angeles Rams)
Longest punt 65 yards Johnny Hekker (Los Angeles Rams)
Records tied
Most wins, team 6 New England Patriots
Most first downs by penalty, team 4
Fewest touchdowns scored, winning team 1
Fewest points, first half 0 Los Angeles Rams
Fewest points scored, team 3
Fewest touchdowns scored, team 0
Fewest points, first quarter (both teams) 0 Super Bowl LIII
Fewest passing touchdowns (both teams) 0
Fewest fumbles lost (both teams) 0
Most NFL championships won, head coach 6 Bill Belichick (New England)
Most receptions, first half 7 Julian Edelman (New England)
Most field goals, career 7 Stephen Gostkowski (New England)

Individual statistics

Patriots passing[99]
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT Rating
Tom Brady 21/35 262 0 1 71.4
Patriots rushing[99]
Car2 Yds TD Lg3 Yds/Car
Sony Michel 18 94 1 26 5.2
Rex Burkhead 7 43 0 26 6.1
Julian Edelman 1 8 0 8 8.0
Cordarrelle Patterson 2 7 0 6 3.5
James White 2 4 0 3 2.0
Tom Brady 2 −2 0 −1 –1.0
Patriots receiving[99]
Rec4 Yds TD Lg3 Target5
Julian Edelman 10 141 0 27 12
Rob Gronkowski 6 87 0 29 7
Rex Burkhead 2 15 0 8 2
Cordarrelle Patterson 2 14 0 9 2
James White 1 5 0 5 4
Chris Hogan 0 0 0 0 6
Sony Michel 0 0 0 0 2
Rams passing[99]
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT Rating
Jared Goff 19/38 229 0 1 57.9
Rams rushing[99]
Car2 Yds TD Lg3 Yds/Car
Todd Gurley 10 35 0 16 3.5
C. J. Anderson 7 22 0 5 3.1
Robert Woods 1 5 0 5 5.0
Rams receiving[99]
Rec4 Yds TD Lg3 Target5
Brandin Cooks 8 120 0 24 13
Robert Woods 5 70 0 18 10
Josh Reynolds 3 28 0 11 7
C. J. Anderson 2 12 0 9 3
Todd Gurley 1 −1 0 −1 2
Gerald Everett 0 0 0 0 1

1Completions/attempts
2Carries
3Long gain
4Receptions
5Times targeted

Starting lineups

Tom Brady 2017
Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady
Jared Goff
Rams starting quarterback Jared Goff
New England Position Position Los Angeles Rams
Offense[99]
Chris Hogan WR Josh Reynolds
Julian Edelman WR TE Tyler Higbee
Trent Brown LT Andrew Whitworth
Joe Thuney LG Rodger Saffold
David Andrews C John Sullivan
Shaq Mason RG Austin Blythe
Marcus Cannon RT Rob Havenstein
Rob Gronkowski TE WR Robert Woods
Tom Brady QB WR Brandin Cooks
Sony Michel RB QB Jared Goff
James Develin FB HB Todd Gurley
Defense[99]
Deatrich Wise Jr. RE DE Michael Brockers
Malcom Brown DT NT Ndamukong Suh
Lawrence Guy DT Aaron Donald
Trey Flowers LE WILL Dante Fowler Jr.
Kyle Van Noy LB OLB Samson Ebukam
Dont'a Hightower LB ILB Cory Littleton
Stephon Gilmore RCB ILB Mark Barron
Jonathan Jones DB SS John Johnson
Devin McCourty S FS Lamarcus Joyner
Patrick Chung S CB Aqib Talib
Jason McCourty LCB CB Marcus Peters

Officials

Super Bowl LIII had seven officials.[101][102] The numbers in parentheses below indicate their uniform numbers.[103]

  • Referee: John Parry (132)
  • Umpire: Fred Bryan (11)
  • Down judge: Edgar Camp (134)
  • Line judge: Jeff Bergman (32)
  • Field judge: Steve Zimmer (33)
  • Side judge: Eugene Hall (103)
  • Back judge: Terrence Miles (111)

Celebration

On the morning of February 5, a Patriots celebration duck boat parade was held in Boston, starting at Boylston Street and ending at City Hall Plaza.[104] It was attended by an estimated 1.5 million fans.[105]

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External links

1973 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1973 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 36th year with the National Football League and the 28th season in Los Angeles. The Rams were 7–0 at home for the first time since 1945. On the road, the Rams were 5–2.

The Rams donned new uniforms, which remained in use until 1994, their final season in Los Angeles, and though they moved to St. Louis in 1995, the uniform tradition continued until 1999, where they won Super Bowl XXXIV, and will wear them for Super Bowl LIII. The uniforms would return for their home games in 2018 and 2019

The Rams finished the season with a brilliant 12-2 record and won the NFC West and appeared in the playoffs for the first time in the post-merger era. However, in their first post-merger playoff game, they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 27-16. This would be the first of 8 straight division titles for the Rams, spanning from 1973-1979.

66 Scenes from America

66 Scenes from America (Danish: 66 scener fra Amerika) is a 1982 Danish documentary film directed by Jørgen Leth. It presents a variety of short scenes with no connecting narrative. People are shown engaged in ordinary activities with minimal direction. Leth described it as containing "large and small things, events, people, thoughts and feelings". The original plan for the film was to include 40 different scenes, but once filming began it was expanded to 66.

The film's best-known scene shows artist Andy Warhol eating a Whopper hamburger from the fast food restaurant chain Burger King. The scene is the longest in the film, in part because Warhol did not realize he was expected to say his name immediately after he finished eating, and Leth did not edit out the awkward pause that resulted. In 2019, Burger King aired an excerpt from the scene as a advertisement during Super Bowl LIII.

Band Geeks

"Band Geeks" is an episode of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. It is the second part of the 15th episode of the second season, and the second half of the 35th episode overall. It originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on September 7, 2001. It was written by C. H. Greenblatt, Aaron Springer, and Merriwether Williams, and the animation was directed by Frank Weiss. Springer served as storyboard director, and Greenblatt served as storyboard artist. The song "Sweet Victory" by David Glen Eisley was featured in the episode and was later released on the album SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Album in 2005.In this episode, Squidward tells a lie, claiming that he has a marching band, after his high school rival Squilliam Fancyson brags about being a successful bandleader. Squilliam offers to let Squidward and his band cover for him at the Bubble Bowl, a sporting event. Squidward accepts eagerly, but realizes he does not have a band. He recruits various citizens of Bikini Bottom to play in his band, but they perform terribly in rehearsal, which makes Squidward quit. SpongeBob, disgraced, gets the band together and they give the performance of their lives. At the Bubble Bowl, Squidward is successful in front of his rival.

The episode received critical acclaim, with praise being directed towards its humor, Squidward's portrayal, and the uplifting ending; it is considered by critics and fans to be among the best episodes of the entire series. "Band Geeks" received a nomination and won at the 2002 Golden Reel Awards for Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation.

Brandon King (safety)

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Chris Hogan (American football)

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Fred Bryan

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Joe Cardona

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John Parry (American football official)

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Johnny Hekker

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Sean McVay

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Super Bowl LIII halftime show

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Several musicians reportedly turned down offers to perform the show due to their support for Colin Kaepernick—who has accused the NFL and its franchises of colluding against him due to his national anthem protests against police brutality. As such, Maroon 5, Big Boi, and Scott were criticized by fans and critics for accepting the invitation. In response to the controversy, Scott only agreed to participate if the NFL made a donation to a charity supporting social justice, and Maroon 5 later announced a similar donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.In response to an online petition, a brief clip featuring the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants (referencing an episode that, itself, centered around a halftime show) was shown as a tribute to the show's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, who had died in November 2018.The show itself received largely negative reviews, with critics considering it to be boring and underwhelming, and arguing that the choice of Maroon 5 was intended to be "safe" and uncontroversial in the wake of the Kaepernick controversy.

Super Bowl LIV

Super Bowl LIV, the 54th Super Bowl and the 50th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, will decide the league champion for the league's 2019 and 100th centennial season. The game is scheduled to be played on February 2, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. This will be the 11th Super Bowl hosted by the South Florida region and the sixth Super Bowl hosted in Miami Gardens, with the last one being Super Bowl XLIV ten years earlier. The game will be televised nationally by Fox.

Super Bowl LV

Super Bowl LV, the 55th Super Bowl and the 51st modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, will decide the league champion for the 2020 NFL season. The game is scheduled to be played on February 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida (with the exact date pending potential changes to the NFL calendar). This will be the fifth Super Bowl hosted by the Tampa area, with the last one being Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, and the third one held at Raymond James Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS. It will be the third time that the Super Bowl is in the same state in back to back years with Super Bowl LIV taking place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Super Bowl LVI

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With Super Bowl LVI tentatively scheduled to be held on February 6, 2022, the game overlaps with the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Beijing, China.

Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award

The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, or Super Bowl MVP, is presented annually to the most valuable player of the Super Bowl, the National Football League's (NFL) championship game. The winner is chosen by a panel of 16 football writers and broadcasters and, since Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, fans voting electronically. The media panel's ballots count for 80 percent of the vote tally, while the viewers' ballots make up the other 20 percent. The game's viewing audience can vote on the Internet or by using cellular phones; Media voters are asked to vote with about five minutes remaining in the game, but are allowed to change their mind when the game ends. They can nominate one player from each team, with instructions to count their vote for the player on the winning team. Voters cannot select an entire unit.The Super Bowl MVP has been awarded annually since the game's inception in 1967. Through 1989, the award was presented by SPORT magazine. Bart Starr was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Since 1990, the award has been presented by the NFL. At Super Bowl XXV, the league first awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy, named after former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, to the Super Bowl MVP. Ottis Anderson was the first to win the trophy. The most recent Super Bowl MVP, from Super Bowl LIII held on February 3, 2019, is New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who had 10 receptions for 141 yards.Tom Brady is the only player to have won four Super Bowl MVP awards; Joe Montana has won three and three others—Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Eli Manning—have won the award twice. Starr and Bradshaw are the only ones to have won it in back-to-back years. The MVP has come from the winning team every year except 1971, when Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley won the award despite the Cowboys' loss in Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts. Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only time co-MVPs have been chosen. Including the Super Bowl XII co-MVPs, seven Cowboys players have won Super Bowl MVP awards, the most of any NFL team. Quarterbacks have earned the honor 29 times in 53 games.

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is the day on which the Super Bowl, the National Football League (NFL)'s annual championship game, is played. It is usually observed on the first Sunday in February and is sometimes referred to as an unofficial national holiday. The 53rd annual event, Super Bowl LIII, occurred on February 3, 2019. Festivities for Super Sunday typically involve groups of people gathering to watch the game. Both "Super Sunday" and "Super Bowl Sunday" are registered trademarks of the National Football League.

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP NE LAR
2 10:29 7 39 3:29 NE 42-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski 3 0
3 2:11 10 42 4:22 LAR 53-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein 3 3
4 7:00 5 69 2:49 NE Sony Michel 2-yard touchdown run, Gostkowski kick good 10 3
4 1:12 9 72 3:05 NE 41-yard field goal by Gostkowski 13 3
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