New England Patriots make history by tying Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins

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New England Patriots make history by tying Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins

Tyler Schwarzman, Sports Editor

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For the sixth time in the past 18 years, the New England Patriots — under the leadership of their head coach, Bill Belichick, and future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady — have won the Super Bowl. The feat, as MASH Sr. and patriots fan Nic Flaherty puts it, “is just plain crazy, and proves that they are the greatest sports dynasty ever.”

Although perhaps a little biased, there is no doubt that what the team has accomplished since 2002 is unbelievably impressive. However, this last Super Bowl was definitely not as exciting as most NFL fans were anticipating it to be. In what MASH So. and football player Micah Brubaker called “the most boring Super Bowl ever played,” the Pats bested the LA Rams 13-3 in the lowest scoring Super Bowl in history.

Patriots wideout and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman was a force to be reckoned with all game long, hauling in 10 passes for 141 yards. Tom Brady completed an additional 11 passes for a total of 262 passing yards. Additionally, rookie running back Sony Michel ran for just under 100 yards and scored the only touchdown of the game for either team, chalking his total up to six for the 2019 postseason.

But the game was not won on the offensive side of the ball by any means. Coming into the game, the Rams were the second highest scoring team in the league, averaging 32.9 points per game, according to NFL.com. Still, LA’s explosive offense was no match for mastermind Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ game plan. Shutdown, All-Pro First Team corner Stephon Gilmore came up with a clutch interception late in the game, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower contributed to the dominate team effort as well, totaling half of the team’s sacks. As a unit, the Pats defense only gave up 229 passing yards to Rams quarterback Jared Goff, and more impressively held star running back Todd Gurley II to just 35 yards on 10 carries.

In closing and in commemoration of their sixth Super Bowl victory as a franchise, here are six fun facts about the New England Patriots:

  1. The Patriots are the only team in NFL history to appear in 11 Super Bowls, winning six of them
  2. The Patriots have made a record playoff appearance in each of the last 10 seasons
  3. Bill Belichick is the oldest coach to ever win the big game at just under 67 years old
  4. Under Belichick, the Patriots have never scored a touchdown in the opening quarter of a Super Bowl
  5. Tom Brady is the oldest quarterback to ever start and win a super bowl at 41 years old
  6. Tom Brady has more Super Bowl rings than 30 NFL franchises

Do the Patriots have the greatest sports dynasty ever? The history sure seems to indicate so.