The New England Patriots won Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta over the Los Angeles Rams. Their sixth title win cemented their legacy in more than a few ways:
The New England Patriots (6-5) are now tied the Pittsburgh Steelers (6–2) as the franchise with the most Super Bowl wins with six.
The Patriots secured their sixth Super Bowl triumph in nine appearances with Tom Brady as their quarterback and Bill Belichick as their coach.
With his sixth title, Brady surpasses former Cowboys and 49ers pass rusher Charles Haley as the player with most Super Bowl victories. Haley has five victories.
Belichick, the oldest Super Bowl winning coach at 66, now has eight Super Bowl titles (six as head coach, two as a defensive coordinator).
Margin of victory
It was the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever, 13-3. But it was the Patriots’ largest Super Bowl victory.
The 10-point margin of victory is the Patriots’ largest in their last nine Super Bowl appearances. In all their previous appearances the Patriots biggest win was 6 points (over the Falcons in 2017) and their biggest loss was 8 points (to the Eagles in 2018).
Here are the Patriots Super Bowl scores. Winning games in bold:
2002 - Patriots 20, Rams 17
2004 - Patriots 32, Rams 29
2005 - Patriots 24, Eagles 21
2008 - Giants 17, Patriots 14
2012 - Giants 21, Patriots 17
2015 - Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
2017 - Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT)
2018 - Eagles 41, Patriots 33
2019 - Patriots 13, Rams 3
Lose one, win one
Eleven years after falling one win short of matching Miami's undefeated season, New England matched another Dolphins Super Bowl feat.
The Patriots became the first team since those famed Dolphins to follow a loss in the Super Bowl with a championship the very next year.
The Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL’s championship game last season.
Over the past 20 seasons, nine Super Bowl losers have failed to even make the playoffs the next year. Another four made the playoffs but lost their first game. Not a single one returned to the Super Bowl. Until the Patriots this season.
Old man Brady
At 41 years, 184 days, Tom Brady became the oldest quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl.
Brady dethroned Peyton Manning as the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Manning won a Super Bowl as the leader of the Broncos in 2015 at 39 days, 320 days old.
Young man Michel
With a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Sony Michel set a rookie record most postseason touchdowns with six. It was the game’s lone touchdown.
He is the second rookie over the last three decades to score a rushing touchdown in the Super Bowl. The last was the Ravens’ Jamal Lewis in the 2001 Super Bowl.
As disappointing as the score was, here are the six records 13-3 made for the Super Bowl:
• Fewest points, game, both teams: 16
• Fewest points, game, winning team: 13 (Patriots)
• Fewest points through three quarters, both teams: 6
• Fewest touchdowns, game, both teams: 1
• Fewest PATs, game, both teams: 1
• Fewest kickoff returns, game, both teams: 2
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