SUPER BOWL LIII RECAP
Super Bowl LIII recap at College Football Today features play by play documentation by Coach Trout. More analysis coming soon.
1st Quarter Super Bowl 53 - Unedited
Great kick return to the 40 yard line to start out Super Bowl 53 and the Patriots start to establish the run game and are dominating the opening drive up front. On 2nd and 7, Tom Brady is intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game by linebacker Cory Littleton of the LA Rams.
Todd Gurley takes the first play for the Rams and carries the ball for 2 yards. Goff rolls to the right and is forced out of bounds with nowhere to throw the football against the extremely stout Patriots defense. On 3rd and 8 on the opening drive, Goff is hurried and attempts to throw the ball on a short crossing route, which is incomplete. Johnny Hekker hits a 53 yard bomb and the Rams special teams comes up big to pin the Patriots deep inside Rams territory.
The 2nd drive for the Patriots will start at the 13 yard line of the LA Rams. The Rams are now playing better up front on the second drive of the game, as Michel is stopped for a minimal gain on first down. On 2nd and 9 for the Patriots, Tom Brady attempts a dump pass, which is covered extremely well by the Rams defense. On 3rd and 9, Brady is now in shotgun and finds Edelman who is able to extend the drive for the Patriots going up against Aqub Talib. The Patriots try to line up in a strong I formation and are devoured up front by Suh, as he takes the Patriots back down for a 4 yard loss. Tom Brady tried to fake run and then a end around, while then coming back to a short screen. The play is read perfectly and a 15 yard penalty is called, which is highly questionable once again in a Super Bowl. The Patriots then take a 5 yard run up the middle to set up a 2nd and 5. Brady then throws a quick out to Burkhead out of the backfield for another first down. It is now first down after a timeout with it now 1st and 10 with the ball on the 48 yard line of the LA Rams. The Patriots now go play-action on first down by design, as the Rams expected run and Gronk was wide open for a 17 yard gain. Once again 1st and 10 from the Rams 33 yard line and Burkhead is stopped for a minimal gain, as the Rams seem to be expecting run up front. Once again, The Patriots go play action and the intended target Hogan for a big play down the sideline is covered very well to set up 3rd and 8 for the Patriots. Brady is in shotgun and they try to sneak a draw that is diagnosed very well by the Rams defensive front. Gostowski is now on to try a 46 yard field goal from almost the right hash and he seems to hunch over the ball, which caused a errant kick to that winds up waffling to the left for the New England Patriots.
The Rams will set up shop at the 36 yard line and they run a end around that goes for about four to five yards. On 2nd and 5, The Rams line up in a single back set and run play action, as Goff completes the pass to Reynolds for a gain of 11. Goff runs another play action play on first down and the Rams are struggling in the first quarter against the Patriots up front in giving Goff enough time to get the ball downfield. Goff completes a short pass over the middle to Woods to set up a 3rd and 3, with the ball on the 43 of the Patriots. Goff then try's another short pass at the first down sticks and the ball falls incomplete with the Patriots defense all over the play. Hekker then trots onto the football field late and the LA rams start shifting around in a attempt to throw the Patriots defense offside. Instead of a neutral zone infraction, the rams are now backed up 5 yards, as a delay of game occurred before the snap of the football. Hekker attempts to angle the punt to the right and the ball only travels 28 yards and the Patriots will take over at the 19 yard line.
The 3rd drive for the Patriots starts with another run play to Michel, as he carries the ball for around 3 to 4 yards. Brady is in shotgun with four wide receivers and he completes the pass to Edelman for another Patriots first down on a beautiful slant-out route. The ball is nearly intercepted on the next play by Peters to Ben Hogan and the ball falls incomplete up the seam. It is now 2nd and 10 from the 30 and Edelman catches another beautiful play on a 15 yard out route, where he sells the inside route beautifully. The Patriots attempt play action again on the next play and the Rams are able to get to Brady for a forced fumble that the Patriots are able to pounce on to retain possession. The ball is then distributed to Gronk for a 14 yard gain, as he fights through Rams defenders to set up a 3rd and 5 with the ball at the 40 yard line. Brady sets up with 5 wide receivers in the shot gun and the Rams are able to get to Tom Brady, as Aaron Donald records his first sack of Super Bowl 53. We get to see more great special teams play, as the Patriots are able to pin the Rams at the 6 yard line and they will have a long field to work with.
Goff hands the ball off to Anderson to start the Rams 3rd drive and he powers forward for 4 yards, which brings us to the end of the 1st quarter of the 2019 Super Bowl with a score of 0-0.
2nd QUARTER SUPER BOWL 53
2nd Quarter Super Bowl 53
The Rams start at their own 11 yard line and try a handoff to Anderson but their is a penalty for a false start by the LA Rams for a loss of 5 yards. On 2nd down they handoff to former Broncos running back Anderson who gains around 3 yards on 2nd & 10. With it now being 3rd & 7, Goff lines up in shotgun and the Patriots beautifully deflect the ball at the line of scrimmage. Hekker hits his 3rd punt to the Patriots 36 yard line, as the Rams are struggling offensively thus far in the first half.
The Patriots take over at their own 36 yard line for their fourth offensive possession of the game. They have moved the ball very well thus far on the Rams defense, but the Rams have been able to make big plays that are stalling the New England Patriots drives in Super Bowl 53. Straight drop back by Tom Brady, who completes another pass to Julian Edelman for his 4th reception of the game and a 6 yard gain on first down. Tom Brady completes another short pass to Gronk across the middle and Littleton brings him to the turf. On 3rd & 1, The Patriots are lined up in the shotgun and Brady completes the pass to Julian Edelman, who is wide open once again is open for 25 yard gain. The Patriots then run a jet sweep and the play gains minimal yardage. On 2nd and 9, Brady attempts another quick pass to Hogan that sets up a 3rd and 9 situation for the Patriots offense. On 3rd & 9, the pass is thrown short again and Gronk is tackled immediately to set up another Patriots field goal attempt. The 42 yard attempt by Gostowski is good and the first points of Super Bowl 53 are now on the board as the Patriots now lead 3-0.
The Patriots will now kickoff to the Rams, as Gostowski is now 1-2 on field goal attempts in Super Bowl 53. The LA Rams are able to return a high kick to the corner to their own 28 yard line. Goff and the Rams offense take over and handoff to Anderson on 1st down for a 5 yard gain. On 2nd & 5, Goff fakes to Anderson and a amazing catch is made by Woods for a 18 yard gain. The Rams line up quick and toss the ball to Cooks for a 3 yard gain. Goff hands off to Anderson on 2nd & 7 and the ball is stopped immediately for a 3 yard loss in the backfield by DT Shelton. It is now 3rd and 10 for the LA Rams, Goff attempts a long pass to Reynold's and is almost brought in, but falls incomplete, as the Patriots are playing outstanding defense in the first half. Hekker boots his fourth punt of the day and it is returned by Edelman for about 10 yards up the sideline.
Tom Brady starts the next drive with Burkhead for a 3 yard gain up the middle and is now in shotgun on 2nd & 7. Tom Brady attempts to throw the ball to the flat to Michel and the pass is incomplete to set up a 3rd & 7. Brady now attempts to throw the ball underneath again and Cory Littleton makes a huge play for the Rams defense to give the Patriots their first three and out. The Patriots Punter Allen booms a 53 yard punt and their is a 10 yard penalty that will be the ball at the Rams 43 yard line, setting them up with prime field position. Let's see if they can finally get some offense going.
Goff starts the next drive by handing off to Gurley for a gain of 5 yard, which could be a good sign for the LA Rams. On 2nd & 5, they once again go to Todd Gurley who gains another 3 yards for the Los Angeles Rams offense. Goff shows how young of a Quarterback he is on 3rd & 2 and is sacked for a huge loss, which sets up yet another Hekker punt, which gets a very unfavorable bounce for the Los Angeles Rams and is downed at the Patriots 27 yard line.
Patriots start at the 26 yard line and he completes another pass to Julian Edelman for his 6th reception of Super Bowl 53 for another first down. The Patriots try and soften up the Rams front and go to Danny Burkhead up the middle for a gain of 3 yards into the teeth of the Rams defense. On 2nd & 7, Brady is now in shotgun and finds Edelman underneath again for his 7th reception of Super Bowl 53 for this combo's 6th first down of the game. Brady has 1st & 10 again and attempts to draw the Rams offside with a hard count, this brings us to the 2 minute warning of Super Bowl 53. Brady throws the ball to Patterson for a 5 yard gain very quickly to the flat after the two minute warning. The Rams then get a penalty for 12 men on the field, as they looked to be very confused as a unit. Brady attempts a dump pass on 1st & 10 and the ball is thrown very poorly for a incompletion. Tom Brady is now in shotgun and throws yet another errant pass that is extremely wide of the receiver, as the Rams are getting very good pressure up front. Brady sets up in a 5 wide set and completes the pass to Patterson, but he is stopped short of the first down to set up a 4th & 1 situation for the Patriots. The Patriots will go for it on 4th & 1 and Brady throws the pass incomplete to Gronkowski over the middle. Cory Littleton makes yet another amazing play to end the Patriots drive.
Jared Goff then attempts to drop back and is swallowed almost immediately by the Patriots defensive front. Goff completes a long pass and the Rams have to punt once again after another stall out by the Rams offense. Hekker hits another great punt that will end the first half with a score of 3-0 in the 2nd lowest scoring half in Super Bowl history. Tom Brady down the football and the first half of Super Bowl 53 has come to a end.
SECOND HALF SUPER BOWL 53
The Rams will receive the 2nd half kickoff and look to gain momentum offensively, as they have not done well thus far at moving the football on the New England Patriots defensive unit. Gostowski opens up the second half with a touchback for the Patriots and Goff will start at the Rams 25 yard line. Goff is under center and fakes to Gurley, Goff throws the ball over the middle and the football is nearly intercepted by Hightower. Goff currently 5/13 with only 53 yards, lines up under center and hands the ball to Gurley, who burst forward for 15 yards downfield for a first down. Goff hands off to Gurley and he goes for another 6 yards around the corner on a stretch zone play that sets up a 2nd & 4. Patrick Chung is down for the New England Patriots and we move to a TV timeout. Harmon will replace Patrick Chung, who is one of the best safeties in the NFL Today. The Rams are now facing 2nd & 5 and they once again hand the ball to Todd Gurley for no gain. Now 3 & 5, Goff will align in the shotgun formation and Goff is now 0-6 on 3rd passes, as the Patriots defensive backs are in perfect positioning time and time again. Hekker will punt again and booms one perfectly to the corner that is fair caught by Edelman at around the 7 yard line.
The Patriots line up inside the ten yard line in a off-set I formation and Michel runs right into the teeth of the Rams defense for a gain of six yards. The Patriots run the ball again for a gain of 2-3 yards straight into the Rams defensive front to set up a 3 & 4. Brady sets up in shotgun and motions Edelman, who he finds up the seam for a very big gain and another Patriots first down. The ball now on the 41 yard line, Brady skips a pass on a dig route, as he gets pressured by Aaron Donald. It is now 2nd & 10 for the Patriots, who run a quick screen to Edelman for about 7 to 8 yards downfield. It is not 3rd and two and Peters is finally able to cover Edelman on a out route, which ends the Patriots drive once again on 3rd down. Allen hits another perfect punt that is placed inside the 5 yard line of the LA Rams.
The Rams will start deep inside their own territory once again, after a excellent special teams play by the New England Patriots. Goff hands off to Gurley on first down and it appears the Rams will be called for a illegal shift, which will be declined by the Patriots. With it now 2nd & 8, the ball is handed to Anderson, who plows forward for 2 yards. Goff lines up in a no back set and winds up throwing the football away, after another great pass rush up front by the Patriots defensive unit. Hekker takes the field for his 8th punt and it takes a very favorable roll, which travels 65 yards and is officially the longest punt in Super Bowl history.
The Patriots now look to take advantage of the LA Rams offensive struggles and capitalize on the lack of offensive brilliance expected out of the LA Rams. They start the drive with Burkhead up the middle again to attempt to set up more brilliant play action passes, that goes for 4 yards.; Brady fakes the draw and completes the pass, but they are called for a illegal shift 5 yard penalty. It is now 2nd & 13 with the ball on the 26 yard line of the Patriots. Brady completes yet another pass to Edelman for his 9th reception of the game over the middle for Julian's 9th reception to set up a 3rd and 5. Peters is able to make a great play on the next play on a deep ball to Hogan, which winds up causing the Patriots drive to stall out on 3rd down once again. The Patriots punt team once again makes a great play on the football, as Allen hangs another booming punt to give the Patriots the edge in the field position battle.
Jared Goff will begin the Rams drive at the 22 yard line and Goff slings one out to the right for seven yard gain. Anderson is able to take the next run for a first down on 2nd and 4 and then Goff is able to find cooks on a comeback route on the outside and Goff seems to be finding his rhythm. Anderson once again takes the ball up the middle and this time gains about 3 yards up the middle for the Rams offensive unit. On 2nd and 7, Goff was about to be sacked and throws the ball keenly into the back of Anderson to set up a 3rd and 7. Goff is able to stand in the pocket and deliver a dime down the field to super star Rams receiver Woods for a big LA Rams first down. The Rams now have a 1st & 10 on the Patriots 29 and Goff almost finds Cooks in the back of the end zone for a touchdown, but it falls incomplete. Goff throws the ball to the flat to Anderson for a 3 yard gain on 2nd & 10, which sets up a critical 3rd & 7. Hightower gets pressure once again and the Patriots defensive front comes through again, as Goff is swallowed up in the backfield. Greg the leg comes out and nails a 53 yard field goal to tie Super Bowl 53 and the LA Rams faithful can breath a sigh of relief.
The LA Rams kickoff deep into the end zone, as Greg the leg is the hero right now for the LA Rams in Super Bowl 53. The Patriots take the field with 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and Brady will line up in shotgun from the 25 yard line. The Patriots try a run play up the middle that goes for one yard at best into the teeth of the LA Rams defense. Brady now in a 5 wide set and completes the pass to James White and a defensive holding call gives the Patriots a automatic first down. The Patriots run a quick toss play to Michel and he scampers for 19 yards downfield to swing the momentum back to the New England Patriots. They go right back to Michel and he gains another four yards for the Patriots offense. On 2nd and 5, the Patriots give the ball to Michel again for what is a minimal gain this time, which will set up a pivotal 3rd down for the Patriots. Brady in shotgun once again and his short pass is broken up once again by Cory Littleton, who is playing a amazing game a LB for the Rams. Allen punts the ball away and once again pins the LA Rams deep inside their own territory once again.
Goff starts at the 7 yard line and throws the ball out to Anderson the bull, who picks up 9 yards down the sideline through traffic. On 2nd & 1, the Rams are called for a false start, which will cost them 5 yards and they quickly get back to the line of scrimmage for another handoff to Anderson and he almost loses the football, but it winds up out of bounds. Goff rolls to the right on the next play on 3rd down and gains 8 yards downfield to find Cooks. The Patriots get great pressure up front once again and Goff finds Gurley as the check down, which goes for negative yards. New England calls a timeout with 12:23 to go in the 4th Quarter in the lowest scoring and one of the most boring Super Bowls in NFL History. Jared Goff once again throws a incomplete pass on the out route and this sets up a 3rd and 11 for the Rams. Goff drops backs and throws the football way over the head of Reynold's, but there is laundry on the football field. The penalty is holding on the defense and Gilmore costs the Patriots defense in getting off of the football field. This sets up a first and 10 for the Rams and Goff fires a strike to Cooks for a first down on a hook route for a first down. Goff hands the ball off to Gurley and he bursts downfield for a big play, but the play is called back for holding for a very questionable call on Center Sullivan. Goff rolls out of pressure and Goff is pummeled out of bounds by the Patriots DB Jones. Goff in shotgun on 2nd and 22 and Goff chucks the ball way over the Rams wide receivers head, which sets up a 3rd & 22. Giving up on the drive, the Rams simply hand the football off to Todd Gurley and it goes for a loss.l Which brings out Hekker, who booms one 39 yards out of bounds and once again, this has to be one of the most boring games I have seen all year at College Football Today.
Patriots run the best play of the Super Bowl so far and Brady throws a beautiful touch pass over the shoulder of Gronk for a big first down to start the drive for the New England Patriots. The Patriots spread it out and in the 5 wide set, are able to get Edelman in one on one coverage for yet another Patriots first down. The Patriots spread it out again and Brady finds former Nebraska Husker Burkhead for 7 yards up the sideline. On 2nd & 3, Brady throws another perfect touch pass over the shoulder of Gronk to put the Patriots inside the 5 yard line. Sony Michel will score the first touchdown of Super Bowl 53, which will give the Patriots a 10-3 lead in Super Bowl LIII. The first Touchdown of Super Bowl 53, came exactly 53 minutes into the game.
Gostowski kicks off for a touchback and the Rams will start at their own 25 yard line. Goff makes a great throw to Cooks and he makes a great snag while being able to scamper up field for a big 19 yard gain. Gurley runs to the left on the next play and only gains one yard, as the clock continues to wind down. The Rams break the huddle on 2nd & 9 and Goff is knocked on his back again while trying to deliver the football downfield for another incompletion. The Rams complete a great pass over the middle on a crossing route to Reynold's for a first down and the Rams are now on the move. Goff completes a big play on the comeback route from Goff for a big first down. Goff tries a fade route down the sideline to Cooks that slips through his arms in which would have been a Rams touchdown. On 2nd and 7, Goff throws a prayer up in the air and Gilmore was waiting for the interception which could inevitably seal the fate of the LA Rams chances of winning Super Bowl 53.
The Patriots now have the ball at their own four yard line and hand off to Michel for a minimal gain. Michel takes the ball downfield on 2nd and 9 and this will allow the Patriots to chew up valuable time for the Los Angeles Rams. The Patriots run the football again and a penalty is called on the Rams for illegal hands to the face. The Patriots go back to Michel on 1st & 10 and he gains another 3 yards to the right side of the Rams defense. The Rams use one of their remaining two timeouts to use the 2 minute warning to their advantage as a extra time out to gain more time to even the score. Nebraska Huskers former running back seals the deal for the New England Patriots, as he bursts downfield for 26 yards. Michel runs the ball around the corner for four yards and there is two penalties on the Patriots, which will be declined by the Rams. The Patriots run a toss play to the right, which takes the ball into field goal range. With it now being 3rd & 1, the Patriots slam Michel one more time and he is denied the first down by about a half of a inch. The Patriots will let the clock wind down to 1 minutes and 16 seconds and either go for it or let Gostowski give them a two score game. They decide to kick the football and make Super Bowl 53 a two score game with a little over a minute to go. Gostowski makes the kick and the score is now 13-3 New England Patriots.
With 1:12 left in the game Goff throws incomplete to his intended target Woods and there is a holding call on the play. Goff completes the ball to Woods again for a nice gain and throws the ball to Crooks, who picks up 24 and the Rams need to try and score fast. The Rams hit another play downfield and bring out the kicker to try and make it a one score game and he shanks the kick to the left. Congrats New England Patriots for catching the Steelers with the 6th Super Bowl victory for the New England Patriots Dynasty!
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