by Luke Schwartz | Staff Writer
As the tortilla chips dove into their rightful salsa bowls and families around America gathered for the big game to start, players on both sides of the ball anxiously paced on the biggest scene football has to offer, the Super Bowl. It’s an event that requires no grand introduction and has glued the eyes of every American to their television since 1967. The Los Angeles Rams versus the New England Patriots; both teams wanted the same trophy, but only one could walk away a winner. Each year it feels as if the Super Bowl has exciting and dramatic plays before one team is crowned after a hard fought battle, but this year was not the case.
After coming into the game averaging 32.9 points per game in the regular season and 28 points per game in the postseason, the Rams scored a whopping three points the entire game, but Patriots fans can’t laugh quite yet either. The audience saw the game’s first touchdown after Sony Michel barreled into the endzone for a 1 yard score, with only seven minutes left in the game. This is where things got somewhat interesting. Down 10-3 with five minutes left in the ball game, the Rams drove inside the Patriots territory, looking to tie up at 10. Jared Goff, Rams Quarterback, stepped into the pocket, was pressured by the Patriots Defensive linemen, threw up a lofty ball and then Stephon Gilmore, Patriots Cornerback, snatched the ball out of the air for an interception at the one yard line. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots kicker, would go on to kick another field goal for New England and put the game out of reach for LA, winning 13-3.
This year’s Super Bowl lost the word ‘Super’. Bowl 53 was the lowest combined Super Bowl score in history. The closest to their 16 total points was during Super Bowl 7 between the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins where the Dolphins won 14-7 for a total of 21 combined points, over 48 years ago. This was back before offenses scored 30 points a game on average. Tom Brady wins his sixth ring, most ever by a single player, and Julian Edelman, a 7th round pick in 2009 for the Patriots wins MVP with 10 catches for 141 yards.
This Super Bowl did not live up to standards, and had no flashy plays throughout the entire three hours. The only thing then to look forward to were the commercials, but even those didn’t turn out to be all that ‘Super’. Maybe next year, during Super Bowl 54, fans will get to see the action they were so desperately seeking.