ATLANTA – So much for a shootout in Super Bowl LIII.
The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 on Sunday night, and the 16 combined points set a record for the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history.
The former 21-point mark, set by the unbeaten Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins at Super Bowl VII, had been for 46 years. The winning total of the patriots was also a fewer points than the previous low-seen by Dolphins in their 14-7 victory in 1973.
Ramsne tied the previous year's Dolphins record-low sum from their 24-3 losses in the Super Bowl VI, and they also joined the Miami team as the only ones who did not score a touchdown in a Super Bowl.
Over / under for this year's Super Bowl closed at 56, the third highest in the game's history, but that bet was in little doubt after the patriots entered for half an hour with just 3-0 management.
The three points combined into the second best scoring half in a Super Bowl, just shy of the record in the Super Bowl IX in 1
In the regular season, the Chiefs (18.6 points per half) and Rams (17.4 points per half) were the two highest scoring first half offenses in the league. But early on, Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady was uncharacteristically appalling and went 15-of-25 in 160 yards in the first half while beating an intercept on his first pass attempt. Ram's quarterback Jared Goff also fought and ended 5 of 12 passes in 52 yards before half.
The Rams, who went third-for-six before the half-time, became the 13th team that closed in the first half of the Super Bowl. No one continued to win.
The Patriots are the third team to close their opponent in the first half of both the Conference Championship and the Super Bowl along with the 1973 Dolphins and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. All three teams won the Super Bowl.
This was only the second playoff game since 2001 that had three or less combined first half points. The Vikings and Seattle Seahawks combined into three in the 2015 wild card round.
The patriots' defense also sizzled in the first half of its previous two games – against Kansas City Chiefs and Rams. The device did not allow any points in these games while opponents ran 38 games in 89 yards.
The offensive in vain continued for Rams at the beginning of the second half with a bright spot that came as Punter Johnny Hekker set a Super Bowl record with a 65-yard point, obscuring a 64-yard from Patriots points Ryan Allen four years ago.
Hedges had lots of exercise. His seven first half-points were the most before half in his seven-year career. He finished with nine points, two shy of the record introduced by New York Giants Brad Maynard in 2001.
When the limits finally ended some points on the board in the third quarter, Greg Zuerlein had to kick a 53 workshop goal – a workshop card of the longest ever in a Super Bowl, set by Buffel's Steve Christie at the Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994.