New England Patriots beat Los Angeles Rams to win record-equaling sixth Super Bowl

New England Patriots beat Los Angeles Rams to win record-equaling sixth Super Bowl

Follow live blog text commentary of Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams vs New England Patriots Live Score. Kick-off is at 6:30pm ET.

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Andrew McDonnell
That's All From Me
Well, it wasn't a classic by all means, but the dynasty continues as the New England Patriots are crowned champions of the NFL for the sixth time. They had 407-yards of total offense and restricted the Los Angeles Rams to just three points.
"It just matters that we won", says Julian Edelmen
MVP Julian Edelman is being interviewed on the stage and gets asked how he feels to be named the Most Valuable Player for Super Bowl LIII and win the trophy, to which he said: "It just matters that we won".
Vince Lombardi Trophy Presentation
Vince Wilfork, Emmitt Smith and Joe Namath carry the Vince Lombardi Trophy through a sea of players and to the main stage, where the commissioner, Roger Goodell will present it to the New England Patriots.
Julian Edelman Named Super Bowl LIII MVP
As expected, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has been named MVP for Super Bowl LIII. He had a sublime game, 10 catches for 141-yards, and was influential in the victory in Atlanta.
Julian Edelman, Super Bowl MVP?
There's only one man that should be crowned Super Bowl MVP and that's New England Patriots' wide receiver Julian Edelman. Game-changing player, picked up crucial first downs throughout the game and led the way with 141 receiving yards.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WIN SUPER BOWL LIII
The New England Patriots have won a record-equaling sixth Super Bowl after a 13-3 victory against the Los Angeles Rams in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick cementing their legacy, once again, as they've masterminded the downfall of Sean McVay's Rams.
0:05 - Field Goal Missed
Greg Zuerlein misses a 48-yard field goal attempt as the Rams attempted to make it a one-score game.
1:12 - Field Goal NE
It's now a two-score game in Atlanta as Stephen Gostkowski kicks a 41-yard field goal. That's surely the game now, with just over a minute remaining.
Two-Minute Warning
The Patriots have the ball, it'll be 3rd & 1 after the two-minute warning and if they pick up the first down, then it's game over and Tom Brady will win his sixth Super Bowl.
2:36 - 1st & 10
HUGE PLAY!!! Rex Burkhead breaks straight through the line of scrimmage for a 26-yard run. That's surely all over and the Patriots have won, another, Super Bowl.
4:18 - Interception
The Rams finally get something going on offense and are knocking on the door, but Jared Goff is pressured, gets his pass out early and is picked off by Stephon Gilmore in the red zone. A key turnover for the Patriots with just a few minutes left in the game.
7:00 - Touchdown Patriots
TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS!!! On the next play, Sony Michel races up the middle, through the gap, for a two-yard rushing touchdown and New England are back ahead in Super Bowl LIII - Patriots 10 Rams 3
7:34 - 1st & Goal
Tom Brady fires the ball down field, Rob Gronkowski goes up for the pass and comes down with it on the two-yard line. Huge chance for the Patriots to score the first touchdown of the game.
9:49 - Rams Punt
Lost count the amount of times Johnny Hecker has come out and punted the ball away for the Rams in this game, but he's done it again just now and the Patriots will have the ball back.
14:57 - Patriots Punt
Tom Brady's pass is broken up by Cory Littleton and the Patriots are forced to punt the ball away on the second play of the fourth quarter.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER
New England Patriots 3 Los Angeles Rams 3 - Still not a touchdown in this game, but we have had points during the third quarter. Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal to level the game in Atlanta as we head into the final quarter.
2:11 - Field Goal Rams
Dont'a Hightower sacks Jared Goff for a big loss on third down. Greg Zuerlein keeps his composure and drills a 53-yard field goal attempt to make it a tied game in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Patriots 3 Rams 3
4:17 - 1st & 10
Huge third down completion from the Rams as Jared Goff stands tall in the pocket and fires a pass, down field, to Robert Woods for a big gain.
6:41 - Patriots Punt
A fantastic job from Marcus Peters, who does an excellent job covering Chris Hogan and the cornerback tips the ball away from the receiver. The Rams will get the ball back and need a spark, one big play, to get going.
8:50 - Rams Punt
More pressure on Jared Goff, no receivers open, and the young quarterback throws the ball away on third down. Johnny Hekker punts the ball away, out of his own end zone, a huge 65-yard boot, the longest in Super Bowl history - the Rams have punted on all eight drives so far.
10:14 - Patriots Punt
Marcus Peters gets in front of Julian Edelman and breaks up Tom Brady's pass on third down. Another great stop from the Rams defense, especially after Edelman had a 27-yard reception to start the drive.
13:06 - Rams Punt
Jared Goff fires a pass to Brandin Cooks, but the receiver is touch-tight with the safety, who makes a play and bats the ball away. Johnny Hecker will come out an punt the ball away.
Second-Half
The Rams will get the ball to begin this second-half and it's vital that their offense puts a drive together. Head coach Sean McVay has to change it up because the game plan simply did not work in the first-half. Good news is that it's just a three-point game and there's a full half of football still to play.
Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show
The Super Bowl wouldn't be the same without the Pepsi Halftime Show and this year, it's Maroon 5 performing along with Travis Scott and Big Boi. Not expecting much from this, considering we've had Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga in the last two years.
New England Have Another First-Half Shut-Out
Just like they did in the AFC Championship match, against the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots have shut-out their opponents. The Los Angeles Rams have just 57-yards of total offense in the first-half and are 0-for-6 on third down.
Low-Scoring Half of Football
This is only the second time in NFL history that a Super Bowl has fewer than six points scored in a half. The last time was back in Super Bowl IX, which had just two points during the first-half.
HALF-TIME
New England Patriots 3 Los Angeles Rams 0 - A very low-scoring half of football, a half dominated by the defenses. A lot to think about for Rams head coach Sean McVay as they've been shut-out in the first-half and the offense have failed to get going in two quarters of football.
0:28 - Rams Punt
Another terrible showing from the Rams' offense and Johnny Hecker comes out, for the sixth time in this first-half, to punt the ball away.
1:13 - 4th & 1
The Patriots go for it on 4th & 1 and Tom Brady's pass to Rob Gronkowski is incomplete and the Rams will get the ball back with just over a minute remaining in the half and with two timeouts.
Two-Minute Warning
Julian Edelmen picks up, yet another, first-down, he's been the sole bright spark so far in the offensive game, from either team. We are now at the two-minute warning in Super Bowl LIII.
4:08 - Rams Punt
Jared Goff is hit hard on third down and the Rams are forced to punt the ball away again. Johnny Hecker is having a busy game so far, worrying signs for the Rams and the offense haven't got going in the game.
6:24 - Patriots Punt
The Patriots can't pick up a first down and will punt the ball away. The Rams defense stands tall again and the offense will start their next drive from around their own 43-yard line.
7:58 - Rams Punt
The Rams offense are forced off the field again, Johnny Hecker comes out and punts the ball away for the fourth time in the game.
10:29 - Field Goal NE
Another great third-down stop by the Rams defense to force the Patriots to go for three. Stephen Gostkowski, who missed an earlier field goal attempt, is good from 42-yards to put New England on the board first - Patriots 3 Rams 0
14:11 - Rams Punt
The Patriots have managed to put pressure on to Jared Goff so far and his pass, on third down, is incomplete and the Rams are forced to punt the ball away, on the third-consecutive drive.
15:00 - Rams Possession
The Los Angeles Rams were restricted to just 29-yards of total offense during the first quarter and will be hoping to get going in this second quarter.
END OF THE FIRST QUARTER
New England Patriots 0 Los Angeles Rams 0 - No score in the first quarter of Super Bowl LIII. The Patriots missed a field goal, but both defenses have stepped up to the mark and have played a physical game in Atlanta so far.
0:18 - Patriots Punt
Aaron Donald gets to Tom Brady, who's forced to throw the ball away on third down and the Patriots are forced to punt the ball away with just a few seconds remaining in the first quarter.
1:40 - Rams force fumble
John Franklin-Myers strips the ball out of Tom Brady's hand, but the Patriots manage to recover the football for a loss of nine-yards.
3:32 - Rams Punt
Jared Goff and the Rams offense are into New England's half for the first time, but can't complete on 3rd & 3 and will have to punt the ball away.
5:35 - Field Goal Missed
The Rams stand strong on third down and force the Patriots to go for three. Stephen Goskowski's 46-yard field goal attempt is NO GOOD though and goes wide-left.
6:17 - Timeout NE
Tom Brady's pass down field to Chris Hogan is incomplete, excellent play from Marcus Peters, making sure the receiver was covered. The Patriots are then forced to take their second timeout as the play clock was winding down to zero.
7:33 - 1st & 10
Tom Brady finds Rob Gronkowski for the first time in the game for a huge pick-up, around a 17-yard reception for the New England tight-end.
7:39 - Timeout NE
The physicality of both defenses is apparent from the first few minutes of the Super Bowl. New England have taken a timeout with the offense just short of halfway, after the Rams were penalised for a helmet-to-helmet hit (15-yard penalty).
12:06 - Interception
INTERCEPTION!!! Tom Brady, on his first throw of the game, is picked off by Cory Littleton after Nickell Robey-Coleman swatted the ball up in the air.
14:55 - 1st & 10
Sony Michel with a big gain on the first play of the game, which gets the Patriots into the Rams half.
Kick-Off
HERE WE GO!!! The Los Angeles Rams kick-off and get Super Bowl LIII underway.
The Coin Toss
The Los Angeles Rams win the coin toss and have elected to defer to the second-half. Tom Brady and the Patriots offense will get the ball first in Super Bowl LIII.
National Anthem
The teams are out, the spectators are in their seats and it's now time for the national anthem. Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight is about to perform the "Star Spangled Banner".
HERE COME THE RAMS
Now, here come the NFC champions, the Los Angeles Rams, who are competing in their first Super Bowl since 1999.
HERE COME THE PATRIOTS
The atmosphere is eletric inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the AFC champions, the New England Patriots, take to the field.
Tom Brady in the Super Bowl
There's no hiding the fact that Tom Brady is one of the greatest to ever play the game, this will be his ninth Super Bowl appearance. From his previous eight, he has won five and delivered five game-winning drives. Brady has 18 passing touchdowns and 2,576 passing yards in those eight Super Bowl's.
Build-Up
The stadium is starting to fill up nicely, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is, undoubtedly, one of the nicest in the league. Spectators are making their way to their seats, both teams are out on the pitch warming up ahead of Super Bowl LIII.
How the Patriots got to the Super Bowl
The Patriots won their tenth-consecutive AFC East title after finishing the regular season with an 11-5 record. New England also had a first-round bye before blowing away the Los Angeles Chargers, 41-28, in the divisional round. Brady and co showed their class in the AFC Championship match and advanced through to their third-straight Super Bowl after a 37-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime.
How the Rams got to the Super Bowl
The Rams finished with a 13-3 record in the regular season to seal their second-consecutive NFC West title. They had a first-round by in the playoffs and beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-22 in the divisional round before edging past the New Orleans Saints, 26-23, in overtime in the NFC Championship game.
Postseason Experience
The New England Patriots have an astonishing 36 players with previous Super Bowl experience, while the Los Angeles Rams have just four players. Aqib Talib won the Vince Lombardi Trophy, with the Denver Broncos, in 2016.
Ones To Watch - Rams
If the Rams are to win this game of football, they can't allow Tom Brady time in the pocket. They have to put pressure on him and Aaron Donald will be key to that. The DT had 20.5 sacks during the regular season and is one of the main reasons Los Angeles are in the Super Bowl.
Ones To Watch - Rams
Despite having a very quiet game in the NFC Championship match, Todd Gurley will have a big part to play in this Super Bowl. The running back scored 17 touchdowns and had 1,251 rushing yards in the regular season.
Ones To Watch - Rams
It's likely the Patriots will try to cut-out the Rams' running game, so if that happens, it'll be essential that Jared Goff is protected and steps up to the mark. The young quarterback is competing in his first Super Bowl, but needs to play with a composed head.
Ones To Watch - Patriots
There's one man in particular that always seems to step up for the big game. Julian Edelman has been Tom Brady's go-to-guy for some time now and we're expecting him to have a big part to play in Super Bowl LIII.
Ones To Watch - Patriots
Next, the running game, for both teams, will be essential and Sony Michel is one to watch. The running-back has scored two touchdowns and rushed for 113-yards in the AFC Championship match against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ones To Watch - Patriots
We'll pick three key players to watch out for from both teams. Firstly, quarterback Tom Brady, who will be competing in his record ninth Super Bowl today. The Rams will need to get pressure on TB12 if they're to win this game.
Looking on Twitter, England and Tottenham Hotspur footballer Harry Kane has posted a photo of him and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, ahead of the Super Bowl. The striker is a huge NFL fan and is wearing a TB12 Patriots jersey.
Setting the scene
What a stadium this is in Atlanta, a fitting home for the biggest game of the season. The retractable roof will open ahead of kickoff and the 360-degree video board is quite something.
Super Bowl LIII
Eyes from all over the world will be focused on Atlanta today, as one of the biggest sports days of the year is finally here. Stay tuned on VAVEL USA for everything concerning Super Bowl LIII.
The Rams and Patriots are in the house
With just over two hours remaining until kickoff, players and coaches from both the Rams and Patriots are inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Welcome!
Hello and welcome to VAVEL USA’s live commentary of Super Bowl LIII as the Los Angeles Rams square off against the New England Patriots in Atlanta. Stay here as we will start our build-up very soon.
Super Bowl LIII could have it all, Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh against the Patriots' offensive line, Todd Gurley looking to bounce back from a poor showing in the NFC Championship game and it'll be the first Super Bowl appearance for Jared Goff, so make sure you're following along every step of the way here on VAVEL USA. Kick-off is set for 6:30PM ET/3:30 PT.
Sean McVay

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay also spoke about Belichick to the press on opening night and said: "I think some of the things I'd like to learn from when you watch and appreciate what he's done for so long is the consistency. Even when you just hear him speak, the wealth of knowledge and experience that he's pulling from is incredible. And he's got such an ownership and mastery on offense, defense, and special teams."

Bill Belichick

During the opening night press conference, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said: “They have a good chemistry and feeling for each other. We’ve played a lot of football together and they’re starting to do little things that we didn’t to a month ago, two months ago. Those little things make a difference.” 

NFL Honours

The NFL Honours award show will take place on Saturday night and we'll find out if Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be named MVP and also the Rookie of the Season. Cleveland Browns quarterback and New York Giants running-back Saquon Barkley, among others, are in the running for the latter award.

National Anthem

The national anthem, before the kick-off, will be performed by seven-time Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Gladys Knight. The Empress of Soul will take centre stage before Super Bowl LI to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" in front of thousands in attendance, and millions watching in all corners of the world.

Half-Time Show

The Pepsi Halftime Show for Super Bowl LIII will have Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi all performing. The show has a lot to live up to as the previous two or three have been some of the best in living memory. Justin Timberlake performed last year, Lady Gaga the year before and Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson were the half-time show for Super Bowl 50.

The History Of The Super Bowl

Now we will take a look back at who leads the way in the all-time list of Super Bowl wins. So, the Pittsburgh Steelers have six titles in eight appearances, while the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ershave five Vince Lombardi Trophies in eight and six appearances respectively. The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants all have four titles to their names and the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles/ Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins have two Super Bowl's. The Baltimore/ Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens have two, while seven other teams have won the Super Bowl one time.

Super Bowl LII

Last season, the Super Bowl was contested between the Philadelphia Eagles, led by back-up quarterback Nick Foles, and the New England Patriots. The Eagles produced a late comeback in the fourth quarter, Zak Ertz scoring a touchdown with 2:21 remaining, to win their first Super Bowl.

The Patriots' Post Season

It's become a bit of a routine seeing the Patriots in the Playoffs, certainly under head coach Bill Belichick, but NFL supporters, as a whole, didn't believe they'd go all the way to the Super Bowl. In the divisional round, they beat the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 to set-up an AFC Championship match with the Kansas City Chiefs. The two teams faced in the regular season and the outcome was the same as New England won 37-31 in overtime to make it through to their third-straight Super Bowl.

The Patriots' Regular Season

Despite a slow start to the regular season, New England picked up momentum at the right time and clinched their tenth-consecutive AFC East title after they beat divisional rivals, the Buffalo Bills, in Week 16. The fight for a first-round bye in the AFC came down to the final week, but it was the Patriots that secured it after the victory over the New York Jets.

The Rams' Post Season

After having a bye to the divisional round, McVay's team beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-22 to set-up a showdown with the New Orleans Saints in the Dome. The Rams saw off the number one seed in overtime, a game which the Saints felt they should've won after a controversial no-call on a pass interference near the end of the fourth quarter. This is the first Super Bowl appearance since 1979 for the Rams, when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Rams' Regular Season

Sean McVay's Los Angeles Rams finished top of the NFC West this season, with a 13-3 record. After the Week 13 victory over the Detroit Lions, the Rams clinched the division, for the second consecutive season.

The Stadium

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the home of Super Bowl LIII and the multi-purpose stadium is the home of the Atlanta Falcons and MLS side, Atlanta United. The total cost of the stadium is believed to be around $1.6 billion and opened back in August 2017. The stadium holds the record for the world's largest video board, the 360-degree display above.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy

It's that time of the season, once again, as the best team from the AFC take on the best team from the NFC in the Super Bowl. This year, the Rams take on the Patriots for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Welcome!

Hello, I'm Andrew McDonnell and welcome to VAVEL's live commentary of Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams vs New England Patriots in Atlanta.

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