ATLANTA — The New England Patriots grow older. Their quarterback is 41, Their manager is twice as aged as a one he faced on Sunday night. This group is so aged propagandize we get a feeling it should be personification in a sand opposite a Pottsville Maroons or a Canton Bulldogs on a margin bracketed by wooden idea posts.
They win Super Bowls with margin goals and courage and a ability to scent out a corner if necessary, yet afterwards unexpected make a catch, make a block, a strike or take a ball. And it works. The games are so close, a bent is to think, “Well, this time it’s over.”
Sunday, as initial 3 buliding unsuccessful to furnish a New England touchdown, a guys who lined adult opposite Tom Brady might as good have suspicion that. Actually in such games, that’s when he has we right where he wants you.
The Patriots came to a impulse as a blue-collar workmen. The Los Angeles Rams are ideal for Los Angeles — all glitz and helmets with horns and a prohibited immature quarterback in a picture of Tinsel Town. The Pats are grinders — pool hustlers who shower we with wish and afterwards collect your pocket.
They Patriots were 2.5-point favorites during kickoff. They should have been even aloft formed on a income gamble on them, yet when we win for as prolonged as they have and, some-more important, when we win in a character they win, proof says there is no approach they can kick time many reduction a calendar.
But Sunday night, they kick a upstarts of a Left Coast, 13-3 in Super Bowl 53 — and they did it by a book — their book. And, for a record, they reason a copyright on that formula. For 3 buliding they incited a Rams into somnambulists with shoulder pads.
On offense, by those 3 quarters, a Patriots huffed and puffed, and won a conflict of statistics, yet all they had to uncover for it was a 3-0 lead. What kept them important were a pretentious routes run by receiver e (the gae’s contingent MVP) and his soothing hands that didn’t dump a ball.
To nobody’s surprise, a Rams unresolved it with a margin idea of their own. If law be told — and I’ve lonesome each Super Bowl — it was slowest, dullest, many tedious 45 mins this diversion has ever offered. It was as yet 70,000 people were examination a tree form a annual ring.
Brady looked old, and over on a Rams’ sideline they were thinking, “Hell, we’ve got a child during quarterback, and we can also run a ball. 3-3? This is a kind of diversion we always win.”
And afterwards a New England Rip Van Winkles rose adult from their doze and did what they always seem to do. Running behind Sony Michel began to run, and holes non-stop for him and Brady, with all those barnacles growing on a longevity of his career, threw a round like, well, Tom Brady. He finished 3 true passes, and afterwards came a requisite large play.
Brady and parsimonious Rob Gronkowski have played representation and locate on so many fields with so many success, it was roughly pre-ordained. The income was on a line, and Gronkowski has always been a income player. Brady forsaken a ideally thrown round into double coverage and, only like that, a Patriots were on a 2-yard line.
They sent Michel between ensure and tackle on subsequent snap. The blocks were superb. You could have driven an 18-wheeler yet that space. They were adult 10-3 in a fourth quarter, yet they indispensable one some-more china bullet.
With about 4 mins remaining, Jared Goff, a child quarterback, had a Rams using but a huddle. He changed them from their 25-yard line to a Patriots’ 27. Now he had far-reaching receiver Brandin Cooks using toward a right side of a finish zone.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was relating him walk for stride. They had been in that private fight many of a night. Because a Patriots had picked this play to move an all-out shell for a initial time in a game, a pass was high and dual stairs short. Gilmore cut in front and stole a ball. He was tackled on a 4-yard line.
And from there, a Patriots clawed their approach to what they overtly have come to trust is their birthright. They ran a round 8 times — including 7 carries by Michel. It was a Patriots’ code of caveman football.
And not prolonged after kicker Stephen Gostkowski practical a punctuation symbol with a 41-yard margin goal, a confetti fell again.
Jerry Izenberg, Columnist Emeritus for The Star-Ledger is one of dual journal columnists to cover each Super Bowl.