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The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Feb 2019



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30 SPORT TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 He knows to trust in me and throw that ball R O B G R O N K O W S K I New England Patriots Sony Michel scores the only touchdown of the game to seal yesterdays Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta Picture: AFP PATRIOTS HIT SIX Jared Goff is sacked during his game to forget Picture: AFP THAT super shootout everyone expected turned into a defensive standoff and the New England Patriots showed they can win that type of championship game, too. So, after Tom Brady led one classic drive to win the Patriots a record-equalling sixth Super Bowl, he perfectly summed up the 13-3 victory yesterday over the Los Angeles Rams. Finally got a touchdown and the defence played the best game of the year, Brady said. In a season in which all sorts of offensive records were set, this Super Bowl rewrote the defensive record book. How about our defence? How about our defence? Brady said. They played unbelievable. So well that their leader, linebacker Donta Hightower, joked they had extra incentive. Im tired of hearing about Brady, he said with a laugh. I won one today we all got one. It feels good for us to get it all. Shout out to him getting his, but this is a team game and it feels good to win. But the defence still needed vintage Brady for one drive. He threw two perfect passes to Rob Gronkowski to set up rookie Sony Michels 2-yard score the only touchdown in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl. That put New England up 10-3. A field goal made it 13-3. No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3, even though these teams had combined to average over 60 points a game. When the Patriots needed a score, Brady, the oldest winning quarterback in a Super Bowl at 41, completed four straight passes, including a pair covering 47 yards to Gronkowski. The second, on which the star tight end beat two defenders, ended at the Los Angeles 2, the only time either team was inside the 20-yard line. Michel ran off left tackle for his sixth postseason touchdown. Julian Edelman, the outstanding receiver who missed the 2017 season with a knee injury, was the games MVP with 10 receptions for 141 yards. With 4:17 left, All-Pro Stephon Gilmore picked off a pass by Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who seemed overwhelmed by the big stage all night, at the New England two-yard line. Stephen Gostkowski made a 41-yard field goal with 1:12 . It was a workmanlike con clusion for the Patriots (14-5), whose losses all came away from New England. They beat the top two offences in the Chiefs and Rams (15-4) in the postseason, and tied Pittsburgh for most Super Bowl titles. Were a relentless team, Hightower said after New England allowed the fewest points in a Super Bowl (tied with Dallas in 1972 against Miami). We didnt give up. A lot was thrown at us. When we play like we did tonight, we cant be beat. The Rams, who reached the NFL championship game with the aid of a major officiating error in the conference title victory at New Orleans, never really threatened the end zone. Last time I checked, defence wins championships, Rams CJ Anderson said. At 66, Bill Belichick became the oldest title-winning coach. The Patriots beat the Rams, then representing St Louis, to begin their dynastic run in the 2002 game. They also have beaten Carolina and Philadelphia (2004 and 05); the Seahawks in 2015; and the Falcons in 2017 in the only overtime in Super Bowl history. They have lost three times, including to Philadelphia a year ago. New England is the first team since the 1972 Dolphins to win a Super Bowl the year after losing one. Goffs dream turns into nightmare JARED Goff trudged to the Los Angeles Rams bench, his face betraying confusion and despair while the Patriots celebrated their interception behind him. Sean McVay left the sideline and leaned into his ear. The coach didnt say much, but he encouraged his quarterback to learn from a disastrous night in the Super Bowl. McVay and Goff are likely to be together for many more years, and they hope theyll remember their embarrassing 13-3 loss as a springboard to the future, not the crushing flop that it felt like immediately afterwards. Goff went 19 of 38 for 229 yards with a key fourth-quarter interception, yet even those pedestrian numbers dont reflect his full array of overlooked receivers, inaccurate throws and inability to adjust to the Patriots defence. Its the toughest loss I ever had, Goff said. It kills. Its terrible. Its a game I wish I would have played better. I wish I could have a million plays back. Goff played a large role in the Rams defeat, yet almost nothing went right for a team that has been frequently brilliant with the ball in its hands. With just 260 total yards, just six first downs in the first three quarters and a season high nine punts, the Rams barely resembled a McVaycoached offence while matching the lowest-scoring showing in Super Bowl history. Im pretty numb right now, but definitely I got outcoached, McVay said. Though Goffs teammates and coaches refused to blame him, Los Angeles 24-year- old quarterback had one of the rougher performances in Super Bowl history.

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