Certainly I’m not alone in thinking this year’s Super Bowl was subpar. I mean, it was 3-3 headed to the fourth quarter. Even at that point, the Patriots felt like a lock to win. To the satisfaction of Saints fans, the Rams proved to be pretenders on the game’s biggest stage. Jarod Goff shrunk under pressure and played like a draft bust. And Sean McVay—the coaching wonderkid—appeared lost.
Meanwhile, the Patriots looked right at home late in the fourth quarter. Tom Brady did what Tom Brady does and took New England down the field for the game-winning touchdown drive. Don’t be fooled, though. The late game heroics didn’t come close to making up for what has to be one of the most boring Super Bowls of all time.
For one, there was no signature play or moment to remember it by. Last year, there was “Philly Special”, a trick play that featured Eagles quarterback Nick Foles catching a touchdown pass. A year earlier, the Patriots erased a 25-point Falcons lead in the second half to pull off one of the most improbable comebacks in sports history. And I can go on and on.
The final score was also 13-3, making it the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever. That’s kinda surprising. See I thought there was probably a 6-3 or 7-6 finish back in the 60’s or 70’s when offenses were simply not where they are today. Well, maybe they’re not quite as advanced as we thought. Or maybe the defenses were both just executing at a high level. Either way, I’d much rather watch two high-flying offenses go back and forth down the field.
Maybe that’s the case if there’s a different matchup. I can almost guarantee you the game would’ve been much more entertaining had it been Saints-Chiefs or maybe even Chiefs-Rams. Remember, they played in the regular season, and the Rams won one of the most thrilling games in NFL history, 54-51.
Anything would’ve been better than what he had. Even leading into Sunday’s game, I didn’t have high hopes for the matchup. The Patriots have dominated this century, and seeing them in the big game year after year gets a little old. I respect Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s greatness, but every now and then you need some new blood representing the AFC. As for the Rams, it’s hard not to imagine an asterisk next to their name after the questionable no-call in the NFC Championship. I’m not a Saints fan, but I know they were robbed of a Super Bowl berth and would’ve put up a much better fight than the Rams if given the chance.
The public seems to agree. They helped make it the least watched Super Bowl in over a decade. So should the NFL be worried? Probably not, but I can’t speak for them. I can only speak as a fan of the game, and to say I’m disappointed with the season’s finish is a major understatement.