Longtime TV host Steve Harvey didn’t mince words when he was leaving Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. “Worst game I’ve ever been to,” he said of the Super Bowl, which featured dismal performances by both the New England Patriots’ and Los Angeles Rams’ off-enses, reported TMZ. “No off-ense,” he told a TMZ reporter in the parking lot. “I don’t think they were ready to play,” Harvey said of the Rams, who only scored 3 points. “They didn’t come with the attitude,” he said, but he praised the team’s defense.
“The defense was great. If you hold New England to 10 points, you’re supposed to be the Super Bowl champ,” he said.
The Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3, earning quarterback Tom Brady a sixth championship.
According to an Associated Press analysis of the game, “Pro football never looked flatter, older, and more stuck in the days of the VCR than it did Sunday.”
“Among the Super Bowl records set: Fewest points by both teams (16); fewest points by the winning team (13); fewest combined points through three quarters (6); most consecutive drives ending with a punt (8 by the Rams); longest punt (65 yards),” AP noted.
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“I know I definitely have a lot to learn from this one,” said Rams coach Sean McVay to AP after the game.
Brady was joined in the record books by 66-year-old Bill Belichick who becomes the oldest coach to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy, Reuters reported.
“It’s sweet,” said Belichick. “Everybody counted us out from the beginning of the season, the mid-season but we’re still here.”
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Brady again orchestrated the victory finally cracking open a tight 3-3 defensive battle late in the fourth quarter when he hit Rob Gronkowski with a 29-yard pass to set up a two-yard touchdown run by Sony Michel.
The Rams looked likely to hit right back when Jared Goff marched Los Angeles into New England territory only to be intercepted on the four-yard line with four minutes to play.
Brady moved in for the k-ill with another drive to set up kicker Stephen Gostkowski who nailed a 41-yarder with 72 seconds remaining to clinch New England’s third Super Bowl since 2015.
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Until the final few minutes, the most spectacular moment of an uninspiring contest came when the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s ocular eight-pedal retractable roof opened to a massive roar.
That moment aside fans of at-tacking football had little to cheer with Gostkowski’s 42-yard field goal accounting for all the first half scoring.
The Rams high-powered off-ense, which averaged nearly 33 points a game during the regular season, failed to fire and managed just 57 total yards and two first downs in the first half and 260 for the game.
Brady, however, had the New England off-ense on the move ringing up 407 yards of off-ense but were their own worst enemy committing uncharacteristic errors.