If you told us before Super Bowl LIII that the New England Patriots would only score 13 points, we probably would've picked the Los Angeles Rams to lift the Lombardi Trophy at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday night.
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But the Patriots prevailed thanks to a remarkable performance by their defense, a unit that sacked Rams quarterback Jared Goff four times and intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
In fact, the Patriots set a new record for the fewest points scored by a winning team in the Super Bowl. Check out this crazy stat in the tweet below:
Last night was the lowest-scoring game in #SuperBowl history (16 points).
Prior to the Patriots, teams to score 13 or fewer points were 0-19 in Super Bowls. pic.twitter.com/ZoeXMPDWq3 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 4, 2019
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record with 505 passing yards in last season's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw for just 262 yards in Super Bowl LIII. The 41-year-old veteran also threw an interception on New England's first drive of the game, and he didn't throw a touchdown pass for the first time in his nine Super Bowl appearances.
The Pats did run for 154 yards, but 65 of that total came on their second-to-last drive with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. For most of the night, the Patriots couldn't generate much consistency on offense, and the Rams defense did a nice job stopping New England on nine of its 12 third downs.
It certainly wasn't a good offensive effort from the Patriots -- especially after they put up 78 combined points in the previous two playoff games -- but they made enough plays in the fourth quarter to score 10 points over the final seven minutes to clinch their sixth Super Bowl title in franchise history.
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