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Congratulations to the New England Patriots, once again Super Bowl champions!

Ed Malyon wrote a ripping account for The Independent of the 53rd Super Bowl. With a score of 13-3, the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever, the Los Angeles Rams proved to be formidable opponents. Excerpts follow:

It certainly wasn’t pretty but it was undoubtedly clever. The New England Patriots out-thought and out-schemed the Los Angeles Rams to seal the sixth Super Bowl win of the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era, the old-timer pair dismissing the challenge of the Rams’ upstart head coach, 33-year-old Sean McVay, and 24-year-old Jared Goff at quarterback, who looked utterly lost on the biggest stage. 

Brady, in winning a record-breaking Lombardi trophy, smashed his own mark for the oldest-ever winner as well a host of other records. He boasts the most touchdowns, the most passing yards, the most completions, the most appearances and the most wins in Super Bowl history. He is a one-man history machine who, at 41, is not done rewriting those books …

With the game on the line and just minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, this game still hung in the balance not because we had enjoyed the spiralling offensive battle predicted but because the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in recent history had seen just three points apiece. Then Tom Brady went back to basics, the Patriots ran a hurry-up offense with an identical formation three times in a row but Brady picking a different target each time. A lofted pass to Rob Gronkowski, caught on the two-yard line, was ultimately the crucial play.

Sony Michel ran in the first touchdown of the 53rd Super Bowl in the fourth quarter, but Gronkowski’s play was the one that dragged the wolves to the door. Michel just blew a straw house down and the Pats never looked back.

Three full hours after it started, the Super Bowl had its first touchdown but scoring wasn’t really the story of this game. It was an unexpected tale of disguised coverages and outright frustration, the Rams baffled by what was thrown at them and the Patriots smart enough to keep throwing it while they did just about enough on offense …

Congratulations, Tom Brady!

Brady himself predicted what a good player he would be nearly 20 years ago (click on image to see it in full):

Israel was particularly pleased about the Patriots’ win:

The Telegraph reported:

Julian Edelman was the one shining light on offence, on either team. He worked himself open time after time, resulting in a monstrous 10 catches for 141 yards and the Super Bowl MVP award – he’s just the seventh wide receiver to win it.

Well done, chaps. Look forward to seeing you at the White House once again — and in Super Bowl LIV next year!

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