Super Bowl LIII will go down in infamy for being forgettable. The New England Patriots would ultimately emerge victorious over the Los Angeles Rams in a game that no one deserved to win.
There was only one touchdown the entire game and overall the game was tough to watch. The only people that were happy with the result were Patriots fans, those who bet the under and those who had boxes three and three in their office pool (no idea how that hit twice).
Despite the lackluster offensive play there still were some big plays that affected the outcome. Let’s take a look at the five biggest plays of the game.
5.) Johnny Hekker’s Record Setting Punt
It’s crazy to think this was one of the highlights but Hekker gets the credit with this punt. Hekker came to play on the night having the game of his life. His 65-yard punt set the Super Bowl record for the longest punt. On the night he punted nine times for 417 yards! If the Rams won he could have seriously won MVP.
4.) Cory Littleton Sets the Tone on Defense
The first drive appeared as if the Patriots were going to march down the field and score a touchdown. That changed when Cory Littleton made a remarkable diving interception. This play set the tone for what would be a great defensive battle.
3.) Jason McCourty Saves a Touchdown
Jason McCourty finally got to play in a Super Bowl and he managed to make one of the plays of the night. This hit on Brandin Cooks prevented a Rams touchdown that could have changed the course of the game.
2.) Gronk Makes the Catch of His Lifetime
In what could have been his final NFL game Rob Gronkowski had one of his best games of the season. Tom Brady trusted his security blanket in the biggest moments and his six catches for 87 yards reflect that. This catch helped set up a Sony Michel touchdown which would be the difference on the night.
1.) Stephon Gilmore Earns His Money
Despite tallying 120 yards and eight receptions Bradin Cooks was a victim to two of the biggest plays of the night. He dropped two touchdown passes and was the target on this interception that effectively ended the game.
New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore made the play of the game intercepting Jared Goff. This play stopped a potential game-tying touchdown and put the ball back into Tom Brady’s hands with just over four minutes in regulation.