Can we just take a minute and grasp the amazing careers Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have had so far? Bill Belichick has won 8 super bowls so far in his career, EIGHT, that is ridiculous he is closing in on Bill Russell levels of dominance and winning. Tom Brady has won 6 now and has been to 9. Excluding his rookie year which he didn’t play and 2008 when he tore his ACL week one, he has been to the Super Bowl for ½ of his career, 9 out of 18 years he has played in the Super Bowl. This is an era of unparalleled dominance for the Patriots this is basically 20 years of owning the NFL and letting teams fight for second place.
So the Super Bowl was basically the Patriots defense giving a big middle finger to all the haters this year and repaying Tom Brady for being terrible last year. Tom Brady threw for 505 yards and 3 touchdowns last year and the defense couldn’t stop anything. The redeemed themselves big time this year. Holding the second-best offense in the league this year to 3 points. One singular 47-yard field goal. Jared Goff was under duress all night by the Patriots front 7. Dont’a Hightower is entrenching himself in Super Bowl history, he had 2 sacks while getting constant pressure, after the notorious strip sack of Matt Ryan in Super Bowl 51 and game saving tackle of Marshawn Lynch in Super Bowl 49. Kyle Van Noy had a great game as well. Stephon Gilmore could’ve been MVP of this game. On a weekend where Ty Law was inducted into the hall of fame Gilmore honored the number 24 but putting up a Law like game. He had 5 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and 3 passes broken up.
Belichick pays attention to all the small things, like harping on special teams plays 24/7. Ryan Allen and Matthew Slater had a phenomenal game as well. Multiple time Allen delivered a perfect punt and Slater downed it to pin the Rams deep in their own territory. Gostkowski, playing with a heavy heart after the passing of his grandfather came through with 2 field goals and many great kickoffs.
If you’ve been paying close attention, I haven’t mentioned the offense yet, because they didn’t do much. Julian Edelman had a great game, reinforcing my theory that a great beard like that is a source of unlimited power. The running game played well, Sony Michel especially as he scored the only touchdown of the game to cap off his stellar playoff run. Tom Brady did face pressure most of the night as Wade Phillips was able to continue his success at game planning for Brady, he did a good job moving Suh and Donald all over the defensive line to confuse the Patriots offensive line at times.
Was the game boring? Yeah maybe a little at times but I’d say more tedious/irritating than anything. In an era of offensive explosion defenses reigned supreme in the Super Bowl. In a year shrouded in negativity from the outside for the Patriots they came closer as a group and pushed through to beat the top three DVOA ranked teams in the playoffs (DVOA compares a team’s season to the calculated average adjusted to the defenses they played so the Chiefs, Rams and Chargers were viewed as the top 3 teams in relation to this stat). At the end of the day there was no luck, perseverance, discipline and experience reigned supreme once again for the now 6 time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.