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The New England Patriots take home the Lombardi Trophy –– again

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Kyle Hightower

Super it wasn’t — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl.

The projected shootout with the Los Angeles Rams never developed. Then late in the game, Tom Brady led one classic drive capped by rookie Sony Michel’s two-yard run with seven minutes remaining to put New England up 10-3. A late field goal clinched the game 13-3, the lowest-scoring of the 53 Super Bowls.

In a season when all sorts of offensive records were set, this Super Bowl rewrote the defensive record book.

No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3 — even though these teams averaged just over 60 points a game.

When the Patriots needed a score, Brady, the oldest winning quarterback in a Super Bowl at 41, completed four straight passes, including a pair covering 47 yards to Rob Gronkowski. The second, on which the star tight end beat two defenders, ended at the Los Angeles two-yard line, the first time either team was inside the 20-yard line. Michel ran off left tackle for his sixth postseason touchdown.

With 4:17 left, All-Pro Stephon Gilmore picked off an ill-advised pass by Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who seemed overwhelmed by the big stage all night, at the New England two-yard line.

Stephen Gostkowski made a 41-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining, completing a 72-yard march that took more than three minutes off the clock and included 26-yard runs by Michel and Rex Burkhead.

It was a workmanlike conclusion for the Patriots (14-5), whose losses all came away from New England. They beat the top two offenses in the Chiefs and Rams (15-4) in the postseason and tied Pittsburgh for most Super Bowl titles.

The Patriots were terrific all game on defense, allowing the fewest points in a Super Bowl (tied with Dallas in 1972 against Miami).

The Rams who reached the NFL championship game with the aid of a major officiating error in the conference title victory at New Orleans, never really threatened to reach the end zone.

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Calais Campbell honored with 2019 Bart Starr Award at Super Bowl LIII Breakfast

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One of the most important Super Bowl traditions the league looks forward to is the annual Super Bowl breakfast, which commenced Saturday (Feb. 2) morning at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.

The prestigious breakfast honors select players in the league for their efforts both on and off the field. Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Captain, Calais Campbell, received The Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award. Starr notably played for the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971 and later became the head coach.

“I thank my family for paving the way for me to be here,” Campbell said. ” To be able to get on the same stage and accept the same award as the players I grew up admiring is an amazing feeling.”

The Jaguars star’s CRC Foundation focuses on giving back to the youth and also uses the platform to promote technology-focused education. Campbell recently gifted dozens of underprivileged youth with a shopping spree during the holiday season.

Former Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves, Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, and Super Bowl Champion Coach Tony Dungy were among a number of football veterans from the past and present in attendance this year.

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Ciara, Migos, Lil John attend night one of Bud Light’s Super Bowl Music Fest

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This year, the Super Bowl music attractions have ramped up and tripled the number of festivities for football fans. Bud Light set the bar high as the beverage company produced it’s first ever music festival. The 3-day concert series kicked off last night at the newly renovated State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

Bud Light in collaboration with EA sports lined up an impressive roster of artist including last nights headliners all hailing from the Georgia hip-hop capital –– T.I., Migos, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Lil Jon, Lil Baby, 21 Savage, and more.

Other guests on the blue carpet include Russell Wilson, Marlo Hampton, Kyler Murray, Kirk Cousins, Kristine Leahy, Antonio Brown, Emmitt Smith, Demetria McKinney and many more.

Day two will be headlined by rock legends Aerosmith, followed Bruno Mars and Cardi B closing out day three.

Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Images provided by GETTY IMAGES for Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest and EA Sports Bowl

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Los Angeles Rams to host new stadium preview Sunday

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The Los Angeles Rams are hosting a free pep rally just days before departing for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta and as a bonus, their growing fanbase will have the chance to preview the new L.A. Stadium at Hollywood Park on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The event will commence at 10 AM in Inglewood, according to Deadline. Players and coaches are scheduled to make appearances during the festivities before their big day against the New England Patriots on Feb. 3.

Attendees are required to pre-register online for a free ticket and will be expected to wear closed toe shoes due to construction.

The stadium is expected to open in 2020 and will host its own Super Bowl in 2022, the 56th edition.

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