Patriots win Super Bowl 53: 3 takeaways from the big game
3. That was an under appreciated chess match:
While this Super Bowl probably won’t go down as a classic, it was an under appreciated chess match between Bill Belichick, Sean McVay and Wade Phillips. Say what you want about the game, Phillips and Belichick had a vice grip on this game. The preparation both teams had into this game showed up on the field. The Rams had an answer for everything the Patriots wanted to do. The Patriots had an answer for everything the Rams had going on.
The result of such a defensive slug-fest was that every single play was the biggest deal in the world. There was little separation and until Stephen Gostkowski’s late field goal, the game was in reach for the Rams. Fans aren’t used to this kind of game, but this game wasn’t boring. On every play the championship was literally there for the taking. The Rams offense was not fun to watch, but both defenses came ready to rock and roll.
Some fans like offense, and a low scoring game just is never going to do it for them. Many will point to the Rams’ poor performance and call it a bad Super Bowl. The defense of Los Angeles played incredibly well and got little help from the offense. There was a lot of good football in a game that the casual fan won’t appreciate.