The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, resulting in their sixth Super Bowl championship. While Patriots fans everywhere have to be excited about winning the Super Bowl once again, NFL fans are not impressed with what we all saw last night. For one, we had to suffer through watching the Patriots win another Super Bowl. In addition to that, we suffered through what will go down in history as the most boring Super Bowl of all-time.
Super Bowl LIII: Most boring Super Bowl of all-time
In the history of the Super Bowl, no game has resulted in a lower point total than Super Bowl LIII. The Patriots and Rams combined for a total of 16 points. The previous low in a Super Bowl game came all the way back in Super Bowl VII between the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins. The final score of that game was 14-7 in favor of the Dolphins. The two teams combined for a total of 21 points. Not only did the Patriots and Rams set the record for the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever, they beat the previous low by five points! That’s almost a TDs worth of points! Let’s break down how it all happened.
The first quarter ended with a score of 0-0. It wasn’t what we were expecting, but it’s likely most us of were thinking the second quarter would be much better. Here’s how the first quarter went for both teams.
Patriots: Interception, missed FG, punt.
Rams: Punt, punt.
One of the exciting moments of the first quarter was when Tom Brady threw an INT on his first pass. This seemed to give the Rams the momentum early, but what did they do with that turnover? Absolutely nothing. Nothing at all. The Rams moved the ball a total of two yards following that interception. Momentum dead.
The other exciting moment was when Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski pushed a 46 yard FG wide left. The Patriots had the chance to put at least some points on the board in the first quarter, but the missed FG helped us witness the 0-0 start to the game. A 3-0 score wouldn’t have been super exciting either, but it would have been better than nothing. Most boring start to the most boring Super Bowl.
The second quarter had a little more excitement, as there was actually a score heading into halftime. However, it wasn’t an ideal situation for what fans were expecting to see in Super Bowl LIII. The halftime score was just 3-0 in favor of the Patriots. Let’s recap how the second quarter went for both teams.
Patriots: FG, punt, loss of downs, end of half.
Rams: Punt, Punt, punt, punt.
The Rams had done pretty much nothing at all heading into halftime, as evidenced by their zero points. The sad part is, they hadn’t even done well enough to get themselves into FG range. For the Patriots, their FG came on their first possession of the second quarter. After taking that 3-0 lead, they got nothing the rest of the way. They had an opportunity to get some more points, but they failed to convert on a 4th-and-1. Had they converted, they would have at least made the score 6-0. They were on the Rams’ 32 yard line at the time of their failed fourth down attempt. The most boring half of a Super Bowl helped create the most boring Super Bowl ever.
After a snoozer of a first half, many expected these teams to bring a show in the second half. Surely at least one team would get something going. Well, that didn’t happen. The third quarter ended with a score of 3-3 after the Rams were able to tie it up. The most boring Super Bowl of all-time continued on.
Patriots: Punt, punt.
Rams: Punt, punt, FG.
The Rams came out of halftime with the ball. This is when we expected the second highest scoring offense in the NFL during the regular season to strike. Nope! The Rams and Patriots then took turns punting until the Rams’ third possession of the quarter. This drive ended with a 53 yard FG by K Greg Zuerlein. The game was tied 3-3 with 2:11 left in the third quarter. The Patriots then had one more drive before the quarter ended. That drive would go into the fourth quarter. We entered the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII with a score of 3-3. Most boring Super Bowl through three quarters ever! On the bright side, at least both teams were on the board and it was still anyone’s game.
That drive the Patriots had going into the fourth quarter resulted in just another punt. It was an exiting way to start the final quarter of the Super Bowl. Not. Here’s how the rest of the game went for both teams.
Patriots: TD, FG, end of game.
Rams: Punt, interception, missed FG.
After both teams started off the final quarter with punts, the Patriots were finally able to find the end zone. With 7:00 left in the game, RB Sony Michel ran in for a two yard TD to give the Patriots a 10-3 lead That came after an exciting catch by TE Rob Gronkowski to get them down there. I think it’s safe to say this was the time when everyone thought the Rams would step it up offensively. Most of us were expecting them to drive down the field to tie the game 10-10.
Well, that went terribly wrong, as Jared Goff threw an INT with 4:17 left. CB Stephon Gilmore picked off Goff, which then led to the Patriots moving down into FG range to make the score 13-3 with 1:12 remaining. The game was already over by this time, but the Rams got into FG range with eight seconds left to try and make the score 13-6. K Greg Zuerlein missed the 48 yard FG to keep the score 13-3. Patriots win the most boring Super Bowl ever.
Most boring Super Bowl ever
Some may look at the score and think this was a defensive game. While that is true, it wasn’t one of those exciting defensive games we saw during the season. For example, when the Chicago Bears beat the Los Angeles Rams in a 15-6 defensive game, that was exciting! We watched the Bears’ defense absolutely dominate the Rams. It was just fun to watch!
While Super Bowl LIII did feature two INTs and five total sacks, this wasn’t exciting defense to watch. It was just plain boring. Instead of calling it a defensive game, maybe we should be calling it a terrible offensive game. Regardless of what you call it, Super Bowl LIII has already gone down in history as the most boring Super Bowl of all-time. To top off just how boring it was, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl….. again…