Tom Brady had 262 passing yards Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta—141 of them to Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman—as the Patriots won their sixth title in the last 18 years and third in the last five.
It was the defenses (and punters) that surprisingly shined for most of the game, with the score just 3-3 going into the fourth quarter. Sony Michel finally scored the first and only touchdown of the night halfway through the fourth quarter to help give New England a 10-3 lead.
Stephon Gilmore ended the Rams' threat with an interception on the next possession, while Stephen Gostkowski sealed the win with his second field goal of the night.
The Rams won 15 total games this season during an unbelievable two-year transformation, but they fell just short of their first title since the 1999 season.
Quarterback Jared Goff was held to 229 passing yards and Todd Gurley finished with just 35 rushing yards as Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense shut down the No. 2 offense in football.
As much as fans of 31 other teams want the Patriots to stop winning, it's clear they aren't going anywhere.
Brady is 41 years old, but he continues to play at an extremely high level with his pinpoint accuracy when it mattered most.
He finished 21-of-35 for 262 yards in the win. To make matters worse for opponents, he refuses to call it quits.
"When I suck, I'll retire," the quarterback said in an interview that aired Sunday on NFL Network.
Winning his sixth career championship indicates this time isn't coming any time soon.
There has been discussion of the Patriots demise for several years now, pretty much coming any time the team loses a game. The whispers got louder this season when the team lost its fifth regular-season game, its most since 2009.
After losing in the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles last year, some thought we might have already seen Brady raise the Lombardi Trophy for the final time. The future Hall of Famer definitely didn't look quite as dominant in 2018 as we have seen in the past.
However, New England outplayed its opponents throughout the playoffs and did enough to bring home yet another Super Bowl.
We were once again reminded that as long as Brady is under center and Bill Belichick is on the sidelines, this squad will remain a favorite to win it all.
It should also be said that when we get into a situation next year where we wonder if the dynasty is finally over, just wait until the Patriots are officially eliminated from the playoffs.
When listing the best receivers over the past five years, Julian Edelman is rarely in the conversation. Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins and others have put up bigger numbers and are more imposing for an opposing defense.
However, the Patriots receiver showed why he is as valuable as anyone in the NFL with his effort Sunday.
Edelman was virtually the only offensive player doing anything in the first half, totaling seven catches for 93 yards before Maroon 5 took the stage. He kept it going after halftime to end up with 10 catches for 141 yards while being named Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl.
The road to Super Bowl LIV in Miami begins now with all 32 teams back in contention. The Patriots and Rams could be back next season, but every other team in the NFL will spend the offseason improving to potentially reach this point a year from now.