There was not one single play requiring interminable video review in Super Bowl LIII, either, which is too bad, because they were ready with over 150 cameras to record every conceivable angle. Some of the cameras were capable of shooting at extreme high frame rates and super-high resolution, but in the end, went unused.
There was only one touchdown in the game, won 10 – 3 by New England. It appeared that the Los Angeles Rams got their just desserts for being clearly illegitimate NFC Champions.
The game was something of a Magnus Opus for New England coach Bill Belichick. He has coached all over the NFL, beginning in 1975, about nine years before his counterpart, Sean McVay, was born.
McVay was completely outclassed and from the outset, the Rams never made it seem as though they would make a game out of it.
The truly remarkable aspect of the game was the play of Patriots receiver Julius Edelman. Edelman is so slow that they time him with a calendar, yet no team in the NFL seems capable of covering him.
Play after play in the Super Bowl, he was so wide open that it was almost possible to suspect that he was standing on the sidelines with his helmet off when the ball was snapped, and then ran on the field as soon as the other New England receivers had run all the Rams’ defensive backs out of the play.
Edelman’s 10 catches for 141 yards earned him Super Bowl MVP honours.
When interviewed after the game, Edelman told CBS commentator Jim Nantz, “I wasn’t focused on [winning the MVP]. I was just trying to go out and have a good week of practice and do my job. Sometimes the cookie crumbles that way.”
The 13-point total score was the lowest in the history of the Super Bowl.