The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions for the third time in five years and for the sixth time in their history after winning Super Bowl LIII. New England never trailed in the game and won the low-scoring affair thanks to a second-quarter field goal and a fourth quarter touchdown from Sony Michel.
Julian Edelman has been named Super Bowl MVP after a ten-catch, 141 yard receiving performance.
Edelman was suspended for four games earlier this season for using performance enhancing drugs, but had no trouble getting back into form and finished the season as the team’s leading receiver.
He finished his 2018 campaign with 74 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns, and added another 26 receptions in the post-season for over 390 receiving yards.
Julian Edelman is named Super Bowl LIII MVP. Well deserved
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) February 4, 2019
New England went 11-5 in the regular season, seemingly struggled early in the season and December before coming back to life in the playoffs.
The Patriots dominated the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Divisional Round at home, beating them 41-28 in a game that was far more lopsided than the final score would indicate.
In the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots beat the No. 1 seeded Kansas City Chiefs and MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes in a 37-31 shootout that went to overtime.
The win gives Tom Brady his sixth Super Bowl ring, surpassing Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings by a player in NFL history.
Head coach Bill Belichick ties coaching legends George Halas and Curly Lambeau for most NFL titles in history.
New England also becomes just the second team in NFL history to win six Super Bowls, matching the mark set by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.