They doubted the Patriots. They said they were too old and beat up. They weren't giving them a chance heading into the playoffs.
But the haters once again were left in disappointment as Tom Brady and the Pats locked up their sixth championship, handling the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 two nights ago in Super Bowl LIII.
It was the lowest scoring game all-time in the Super Bowl.
Brady completed 21 of 35 pass attempts, throwing for 262 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Julian Edelman caught 141 of those yards on 10 receptions, ultimately winning his first-career Super Bowl MVP award.
Other candidates for MVP included Sony Michel and Stephen Gilmore. Michel rushed for 94 yards on 18 carries including the game-winning touchdown, and Stephen Gilmore came up huge with this pick in the fourth which pretty much sealed the win:
Rob Gronkowski, playing in perhaps his last NFL game, came up with this huge catch in the fourth for a 29-yard gain on 2nd and 3:
Setting the Pats up for the easy, game-winning touchdown from Michel:
Stephen Gostkowski went two for three in field goal attempts, clinching the victory with a 41-yard drive with 1:12 left in the game. Gostkowski now has seven career field goals in the Super Bowl, tying former Patriot Adam Vinatieri for the most all-time.
Rams quarterback and 2016 number-one pick Jared Goff was 19 for 38 on the night, throwing for 229 yards, and one very costly interception.
At the end of the day, it's ring number six for Brady, the most by any player in NFL history. It's also number six as a head coach for Belichick, another record. Including his two additional Super Bowl rings as a defensive coordinator pre-Pats, he's now got EIGHT total rings, which no other NFL individual can claim.
Nothing but winning. And it's been that way for 19 years.
LFG. On to 2019.