Kicking off the Super Bowl

Jackson Crispin, Staff Writer


On February 3, 2019 the most watched televised program aired once again. Known as Super Bowl 53, some people watched it for the Pepsi halftime show, some watched it for the hilarious commercials, but most people watched it for a fierce game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.

The first quarter was extremely boring with a score of 0-0. At half time the score was 3-0 where the Patriots managed to gain the lead from a 42 yard field goal by kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

The second half of the game is where it started to get interesting. In the third quarter, Rams punter Johnny Hekker broke a record with the farthest punt in Super Bowl history with 65 yards, breaking Ryan Allen’s 64 yarder in Super Bowl 49.

Also in the third quarter, Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein tied up the game with a field goal from 53 yards out. Set up by the Rams first, first down of the game thrown by quarterback Jared Goff to receiver Brandin Cooks.

In the fourth quarter, the Patriots started to pull away with a one yard touchdown run from running back Sony Michel, putting the Patriots up 10-3. Later in that quarter, kicker Stephen Gostkowski hit a 42 yard field goal to put the game away with 1:15 left on the clock once again advancing the Patriots to a 13-3 lead.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was 21/35 passing with 262 yards and an interception. Rams quarterback Jared Goff was 19/38 passing with 229 yards and a interception.

Patriots running back Sony Michel had 94 yards on 18 rushes, while the Rams running back Todd Gurley had 35 yards on 10 rushes. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman had 141 yards with 10 receptions, and Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks had 120 yards with 8 receptions. The Patriots had 407 total yards compared to the Rams’ 260 yards. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman won Super Bowl Most Valuable Player with 149 combined yards.

The New England Patriots won their sixth ring as a franchise, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the record of most Superbowl wins, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick being the starting quarterback and head coach for all of them.