Tom Brady wrote his name into the record books yesterday, winning the Super Bowl for a sixth time as the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in the lowest scoring NFL championship game in history.
Brady, 41, became the first player ever to win six Super Bowls, 17 years after leading the Patriots to his first title way back in 2002.
The total of 16 points scored in the game was the lowest ever in a Super Bowl, surpassing Miami's 14-7 win over Washington in 1973. The attritional season-finale was swiftly dubbed the "SuperBore" by critics on social media.
"We've been this far and lost which is really tough," a jubilant Brady said.
"We had a lot of resolve the last couple of weeks I wish we played a little better on offense but we won. Super bowl champs."
Brady also re-stated his desire to play at least another season.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, meanwhile, said the team had been determined to dispel suggestions they were a dynasty in decline.
"It's sweet," Belichick said. "Everybody counted us out from the beginning of the season, mid-season, but we're still here."
Brady - already widely regarded as the greatest quarterback the National Football League has ever seen -- provided the decisive moment to break open the game midway through the fourth quarter at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
With the score finely balanced at 3-3, Brady picked out tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 29-yard completion that left the Patriots just two yards from the line.
It was the first time in the game that either side had advanced to 1st and goal in a defense-dominated game that failed to live up to its billing.
The Patriots were in no mood to waste the hard-fought opportunity, and rookie running back Sony Michel crashed over for what turned out to be the crucial score.*AFP
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