2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
11-5, 1st in AFC East
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2hMike Reiss

Brady exults, says Pats overcame stacked odds

Tom Brady, despite his long list of once-in-a-generation accolades, had the look of a kid in a candy store after Sunday's AFC title game win. Afterward, he attributed his emotions to the adversity New England conquered this season.

Boomer: The Pats take away their opponent's best player (1:20)
White: Brady's 'the greatest QB of all time' (1:07)
Super Bowl XXXVI rewind: Pats edge Rams for first title (0:58)
Super Bowl LIII will be a battle of youth vs. experience (1:47)

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

One critical aspect of the Patriots' victory tonight that shouldn't be overlooked is their pass protection. The New England offensive line recorded the very best team Pass Block Win Rate (PBWR) of the entire season vs. the Chiefs tonight at 91%. That's utter domination against an above-average pass rushing defense. ESPN's pass blocking and rushing metrics are based on raw player tracking data via NextGen Stats.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Patriots recorded a Pass Block Win Rate of 90.5% on Sunday -- that is the best pass blocking game by any team in any game this entire season. Guard Shaq Mason led the way along the offensive line with a 100% PBWR, while TE Rob Gronkowski and RB James White also had a 100% PBWR on 12 pass blocks apiece (meaning none of the three were beaten by a defender within the first 2.5 seconds after the snap on a single play). PBWR is an ESPN metric powered by NFL Next Gen Stats.

Pats headed back to Super Bowl after wild win vs. Chiefs (1:29)
Brady says odds were 'stacked' against Pats all year (0:29)
Gronk calls Patriots' win vs. Chiefs 'unbelievable' (1:32)
Jackson calls the Patriots the 'greatest franchise' in NFL history (1:06)

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots opened as 1-point underdogs to the Rams in Super Bowl LIII at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Within minutes, the line is already up to New England -1.5.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots didn't have to be complicated on offense in overtime. Move WR Julian Edelman pre-snap to get him off the ball clean, and create isolation matchups for TE Rob Gronkowski. Win the 1-on-1s vs. man coverage. And then go back to the run game to close out the win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship.

Clark: Chiefs were 'more talented' on paper (0:57)
Riddick: Patriots make you want to 'pull your hair out' (0:54)
Pats punch SB ticket on Burkhead's OT TD (0:17)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

ESPN Stats & Info: This will be the first time that the same metropolitan areas will meet in the Super Bowl and World Series in the same season.

Burkhead finds paydirt with 39 seconds left (0:17)
Edelman's overturned fumble cancelled by Brady INT (0:57)
Pats convert 4th down on Michel's TD (0:19)

Team Stats

Passing Yards266.18th
Rushing Yards127.35th
Points For27.34th
Points Against20.3