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ATLANTA (USA TODAY) — In a year that saw scoring records shattered all over the NFL, perhaps it’s only fitting that the Super Bowl went retro as the New England Patriots won their sixth title in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era.
The Patriots beat the Rams 13-3, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with seven minutes left after a grinder of a game in which neither team could sustain offensive drives.
Though the Patriots’ dynasty was already the greatest in NFL history, winning yet another title only puts their legacy even further ahead of the pack. And it’s particularly surprising since New England didn’t necessarily look capable of this for much of the regular season with the 41-year old Brady often playing below his typical standard.
But New England’s defense stepped up in a major way at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, holding the Rams to 14 first downs in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever.
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