In a low-scoring game, the New England Patriots topped the Los Angeles Rams to capture their record-tying sixth Super Bowl championship.
For once, the Super Bowl spotlight doesn’t solely belong to Tom Brady.
Though the New England Patriots quarterback set a record with his sixth title in the team’s 13-3 Super Bowl LIII victory over the Los Angeles Rams, it was wide receiver Julian Edelman who was named the game’s MVP.
Edelman finished with 10 catches for 141 yards, accounting for more than half of the Patriots’ total receiving yardage (262).
He is the first wide receiver since the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl XLIII to win the award.
“I wasn’t focused on that (MVP),” Edelman said after the game. “I was just trying to go out and have a good week of practice and do my job. And sometimes, the cookie crumbles that way.”
After serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances to start the season, Edelman had 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 2018. He recorded 26 catches for 388 yards total in the postseason.
“It just matters that we won, man. It was a crazy year,” Edelman said. “We had a resilient bunch of guys.”
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