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Inside Super Bowl LIII: Biggest moments from Patriots' run to six

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Hasselbeck surprised defenses dominated in Super Bowl (0:40)

Tim Hasselbeck's biggest takeaway from Super Bowl LIII was the defenses, as the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3. (0:40)

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champions for the sixth time with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

We tracked everything you needed to know about Super Bowl LIII, from the memorable plays on the field to the scene at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to the best commercials and tweets as the Patriots and Rams battled for the NFL's ultimate prize.

Jump to: Pregame | First half | Halftime | Second half

More coverage: Patriots' defense leads way | Rams likely contenders for years to come | 2019 predictions | Too-early 2019 Power Rankings | Inside Pats' defensive masterpiece | 5 more boring Super Bowls | Rewriting record books

Postgame

Count Batman (and Pittsburgh native) among those not happy with another Patriots Super Bowl win.

Jon Bon Jovi to ESPN.com: "The organization is just running well these days. Tommy's getting along with Bill. (Bill's) getting along with Kraft. Kraft's being nice to him. It seems like they're peace-ing it out. Winning will do that to you."

Ian O'Connor, ESPN Senior Writer108d ago

The Rams entered today as the second-best pass rush win rate team in the league, but posted a PRWR of just 24% in the Super Bowl -- their worst PRWR game of the season. Of course, they were going against the best pass block win rate team in the league, the New England Patriots. PRWR and PBWR are ESPN metrics powered by NFL Next Gen Stats.

Seth Walder, ESPN Analytics108d ago
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Brady: 'We played our best when it mattered the most'

Tom Brady reflects on the Patriots' season with Sal Paolantonio after Brady won his sixth Super Bowl against the Rams.

The GOAT at his locker after winning sixth Super Bowl.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who had big reception late in fourth quarter, said he's "only worried about having good time tonight," not his future.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago
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Sights and sounds of the Patriots' Super Bowl celebration

From Tom Brady's kiss with Giselle to Rob Gronkowski going wild with his brothers, the Patriots make the most of their Super Bowl victory celebration.

Tom Brady said Patriots had to "grind it out" tonight against defense. He also said MVP Julian Edelman "is a fighter and did great job coming back from ACL."

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

The drama even made Captain America sweat.

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Prop bets to look out for in Super Bowl LIII

Doug Kezirian breaks down the prop bets for the Super Bowl, including the longest TD and whether Johnny Hekker will throw a pass.

Rams WR Brandon Cooks, who played on last year's losing Patriots Super Bowl team, said about falling short again, "We just wasn't capitalizing. We made it harder on ourselves with penalties."

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

The more reps you get the more comfortable you get. β€” Todd Gurley on his lack of work in the Super Bowl.

Heather Burns, ESPN.com108d ago

The Patriots gather on platform to receive the Lombardi Trophy.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago
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Belichick: 'You can't say enough about Tom Brady'

Bill Belichick breaks down how important Tom Brady is to the Patriots' organization and explains what makes him so special.

The Patriots are the third team to beat the No. 1 (Chiefs) and No. 2 (Rams) scoring offenses in the conference championship and Super Bowl, along with the 1966 Packers and 1969 Chiefs. The 1966 Packers and 2018 Patriots are the only teams to beat 30 point-per-game opponents in the conference championship and Super Bowl.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Fourth quarter: Patriots 13, Rams 3

Patriots win sixth Super Bowl with 13-3 win over Rams

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Score: Patriots 13, Rams 3

Gostkowski connects on a 41-yard field goal to put the Patriots up by 10 points with 1 minute, 12 seconds remaining.

This is the second-lowest-scoring Patriots game through three quarters (in terms of combined points) in the Tom Brady era. The only time there were fewer combined points in a Brady start through three quarters was in Week 14 of 2003 against the Dolphins (Pats led 3-0, won 12-0).

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Patriots sent zero pressure on the Stephon Gilmore INT. No safety help. And Jared Goff left the throw short. That's a turnover every time with the CB playing off-coverage.

Matt Bowen, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

Score: Patriots 10, Rams 3

A 29-yard completion to Rob Gronkowski sets up the first red-zone possession of the game for either team. Sony Michel scores on a 2-yard touchdown run on the next play for the first TD of the game with seven minutes remaining. It's the sixth rushing TD this postseason, extending his own record for the most by a rookie in the playoffs. And it's the most rushing touchdowns by any player in a single postseason since Terrell Davis in 1997, who had a postseason-record eight. The Patriots are 7-0 when Michel scores this season.


Third quarter: Patriots 3, Rams 3

Score: Patriots 3, Rams 3

The Rams' scoring drought is over with 2 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the third quarter after Greg Zuerlein hits a 53-yard field goal. The Rams had three first downs on the scoring drive, matching their total from their first eight drives of the game. It is also the second longest in Super Bowl history behind Steve Christie's 54-yarder in Super Bowl XXVIII.

Patriots starting safety and team captain Patrick Chung, who was knocked out of the game with a right arm injury early in the third quarter, will not return. Read more.


Best commercial?

Or was it this?


Halftime

The Patriots' defense has been the story of the first half, limiting the Rams to just 21 offensive snaps and playing lights-out football. The Rams are 0-for-6 on third down. It's a good thing for New England, because Tom Brady has been shaky on offense, and getting away from the running game later in the half put even more pressure on Brady. The Patriots have a decided time-of-possession edge (19:52 to 10:08), so the Rams' stamina bears watching in the second half.

Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

So much for a shootout in Super Bowl LIII. The Patriots and Rams combined for the second-lowest scoring half in Super Bowl history. The lowest scoring half came in Super Bowl IX, when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings combined for two points. Read more.

The Rams' offense has failed to find a rhythm and has produced 57 total yards in the first half of Super Bowl LIII, as they trail the Patriots, 3-0, at halftime. Jared Goff has appeared out of sync with his playmakers and has been sacked twice. The Rams' defense, however, played a superb first half. Cory Littleton intercepted Tom Brady on the opening series, later John Franklin-Myers sacked Brady, and then Aaron Donald laid a monstrous hit on the five-time Super Bowl champion. But the Rams must solve their offensive woes in the second half if they want to defeat the Patriots.

Lindsey Thiry, ESPN108d ago

Patriots dominated the Rams in the first half with 195 total yards to 57 for the Rams. And Goff only has 52 yards passing. Patriots also own 19:52 to 10:08 edge in time of possession. Of course none of this means anything as New England only leads 3-0. And in the Belichick-Brady era, all eight of their Super Bowls have been decided in the fourth quarter.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

The in-game over/under at MGM sportsbooks is down to 30.5 at halftime. Patriots lead 3-0. The total closed 56 at most Vegas sportsbooks.

Ben Fawkes, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

ESPN Stats & Info: The Rams went 0-of-6 on 3rd down in the first half. They are the sixth team with no 3rd-down conversions in the first half of a Super Bowl. The previous five teams all lost.

Seth Walder, ESPN Analytics108d ago

Second quarter: Patriots 3, Rams 0

Johnny Hekker has been busy, with five punts already. He cashes the OVER at Westgate, which was only three punts.

Ben Fawkes, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

Two weeks ago, the Patriots shut out the Chiefs in the first half after Kansas City had never been shut out in the first half under QB Patrick Mahomes. This week, they're 3:57 away from shutting out a Rams team that has never been shut out in the first half under Sean McVay.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Per ESPN Stats & Info: Rams have blitzed Brady on just 1 of 17 dropbacks so far. They've gotten pressure (sack or duress) on 2 dropbacks.

Seth Walder, ESPN Analytics108d ago

Patriots WR Julian Edelman is already up to 74 yards receiving on five receptions in the first half. Edelman has had room to get off the line clean inside of the numbers, and his route running is on point.

Matt Bowen, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

Score: Patriots 3, Rams 0

Gostkowski comes through this time, connecting on a 42-yard field goal with 10:29 left in the second quarter. It caps a seven-play, 39-yard drive that took up 3 minutes, 29 seconds.


First quarter: Patriots 0, Rams 0

The Patriots have already burned two timeouts in the first quarter. The last time they ran an offensive play with one or fewer timeouts in a first quarter was back in 2009, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They haven't done it in the playoffs under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

Kickers were 31-of-31 on field goals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season prior to Stephen Gostkowski's miss from 46 yards.

Heather Burns, ESPN.com108d ago

Still scoreless after a missed 46-yard field goal by the Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski.

Tom Brady had odds of +270 to throw an interception before a TD (TD was a -340 favorite) at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. A surprising early underdog cashes.

Ben Fawkes, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

Pre-kickoff betting lines closed at NE -2.5 and O/U 55.5‬ at FanDuel sportsbook at The Meadowlands.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com108d ago

After four straight running plays to open the game, Tom Brady is intercepted on his first pass when Nickell Robey-Coleman gets his hands on a ball intended for Kevin Hogan. The deflection is caught by Cory Littleton, giving the Rams the ball at their own 27-yard line.

Pregame

Our national anthem. Just a few minutes to kickoff.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Roof at Mercedes-Benz opening for flyover and national anthem.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

DraftKings' New Jersey sportsbook has taken approximately $240,000 in bets on the Super Bowl coin flip, with 55 percent of the money wagered on Heads.

David Purdum, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

The scene at one of the primary areas of the FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands just over an hour out from kickoff of Super Bow LIII. Multiple lines are available throughout the building, with no significant wait times for bettors. In the lead-up to the game, the action is leaning towards the Patriots and the over on the point total.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com108d ago

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein, who has been nursing a left foot (plant foot) injury since the NFC Championship game, connected on field goals from 61 and 59 yards during Super Bowl warmups.

Lindsey Thiry, ESPN108d ago

Meanwhile, in New Orleans ...

Should be an incredible strength vs. strength battle in the trenches when Tom Brady drops back to pass tonight. In particular because Aaron Donald is basically the entire reason the Rams excel at pass rushing and the best part of New England's offensive line is its interior.

Seth Walder, ESPN Analytics108d ago

Patriots inactives: TE Stephen Anderson, C/G James Ferentz, S Obi Melifonwu, DE Ufomba Kamalu, DE Keionta Davis, DE Derek Rivers, CB Duke Dawson. With stopping the run a top priority, DT Danny Shelton and DE Deatrich Wise Jr. are back in the lineup after being inactive for the AFC Championship Game (replacing Rivers and Melifonwu).

Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

No surprises on Rams inactives in the Super Bowl: DB Darious Williams, RB Justin Davis, OLB Ogbo Okoronkwo and Trevon Young, OL Jamil Demby, DT Sebastian Joseph-Day and DT Tanzel Smart.

Lindsey Thiry, ESPN108d ago
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Edelman can't wrap mind around being MVP

Julian Edelman says he is living a dream and describes the surreal feeling of being named Super Bowl LIII MVP.

Rams equipment managers test the quarterback helmet communication pregame. In the NFC Championship, Jared Goff's helmet speaker failed just before he took the field for his opening series. He was forced to use backup quarterback Sean Mannion's temporarily.

Lindsey Thiry, ESPN108d ago

A bettor at a CG Technology sportsbook in Las Vegas is risking $65,000 to win $2,000 on the Super Bowl opening kickoff not resulting in a touchdown. The bettor bet $35,000 at -3,500, and $30,000 at -3,000, per CG Technology vice president of risk Jason Simbal.

David Purdum, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

Saints fan still a little salty after New Orleans' loss to Rams in NFC championship.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

This Tom Brady-autographed helmet can be had for a cool $1,500.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Patriots coach Bill Belichick arrives for Super Bowl LIII with his girlfriend Linda Holiday.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Super Bowl T-shirt? Only $40.

Heather Burns, ESPN.com108d ago

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at the stadium for his ninth Super Bowl as a starter.

Heather Burns, ESPN.com108d ago

With under four hours to go before kickoff, the consensus Super Bowl LIII line in Las Vegas is Patriots -2.5 with a total of 56.

Ben Fawkes, ESPN Staff Writer108d ago

Something to keep an eye on early in the game: The Patriots and Rams have been opposites in the first quarter this postseason. The Patriots have outscored their opponents by 14 points and the Rams have been outscored by 17 points, the worst differential for any of the 12 playoff teams.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago
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Donald's basement gym made him who he is

Aaron Donald gives credit to the basement gym in his house growing up for helping him become the player he is today.

Today's inspiration for the Rams and Patriots as they get ready to battle in Super Bowl LIII.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Six hours from the Patriots will run between these as they enter the field to take on the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago
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Hasselbeck: Goff, Rams offense were 'inept.'

Tim Hasselbeck says that the Rams' poor offense is the reason that they lost the Super Bowl.

The Rams' Jared Goff will become the second quarterback to start in a Super Bowl after losing each of his first seven NFL starts. The other is Troy Aikman, who reached three Super Bowls and won them all.

Heather Burns, ESPN.com108d ago

Here's your 50-yard line view for Super Bowl LIII.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

The main attraction at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the roof, which could open later today for when players are on the field warming up.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago

Pretty cool suite here to watch Super Bowl LIII. You've got your iPad to check stats and mini TV to watch replays. Just few thousand dollars for this spot facing the Rams end zone.

John Pluym, ESPN108d ago