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Superbowl LIII

By: Jennifer Enriquez

Football, a game created in England, but adopted by the United States. Ninety-nine percent of Americans will agree that watching or playing football is a way to bond and in fact more like a special occasion. Speaking of special occasions, families everywhere come together once a year to watch the Super Bowl. This year’s Super Bowl LIII was on February 3rd, 2019. Patriots vs. the Rams, was held at the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Patriots made their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, their fourth in five years, their record eleventh overall, and ninth under the Belichick Brady head coach–quarterback tandem; the Patriots were also the first team to play in three consecutive Super Bowls since the Buffalo Bills played in four straight from Super Bowl XXV through Super Bowl XXVIII. The Patriots were only the third team overall to play in three consecutive Super Bowls, after the Bills and the 1971–73 Miami Dolphins. The Rams made their fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, their first appearance in the Super Bowl since moving back to Los Angeles in 2016, and their first as a franchise since Super Bowl XXXVI.

The Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl, tying them with the Pittsburg Steelers for most Super Bowl championships. It was the first Super Bowl with no touchdowns made by either team in the first three-quarters. It was also the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, beating the previous record of 14–7 held by  Super Bowl VII. The Patriots became the second winning Super Bowl team to score only one touchdown (either offensive or defensive), tying the previous record by the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. Incidentally, this was also the first Super Bowl since Super Bowl III in which neither team threw a touchdown pass. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught 10 passes for 141 yards, was named Super Bowl MVP. The Patriots ended up winning the game against the Rams; the score being 13-3.

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