Super Bowl: New England Patriots Beat Los Angeles Rams 13-3

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The Patriots — including Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick — earned their sixth championship.

Exactly 17 years after the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams faced off in their first Super Bowl meeting, the Patriots defeated the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday in Atlanta. 

The win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium gave the Patriots their sixth Lombardi Trophy, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl titles. This was the Patriots' fourth Super Bowl appearance in the last five years, and the Rams' fourth appearance ever.

New England was the first to score, earning the team a 3-0 lead with about 10 minutes left in the second quarter. That score remained the same until the end of the third quarter, when Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein tied it up with a 53-yard field goal — the second-longest in Super Bowl history.

The Patriots claimed the first touchdown with 7 minutes to go in the fourth quarter when Sony Michel scored from two yards out, bringing the score to 10-3. He is the first Patriots rookie to ever score a Super Bowl touchdown.

The Rams seemed to be intent on catching up after quarterback Jared Goff's two 27- and 44-yard passes, but Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore intercepted Goff with 4:17 left in the fourth quarter.

With 1:12 left in the game, the final score was cemented at 13-3 following kicker Stephen Gostkowski's 41-yard field goal.

Though the Patriots won, Rams punter Johnny Hekker had a big night: A 65-yard kick in the third quarter earned him the NFL record for longest punt in a Super Bowl.