Still, all the praise must go to Bill Belichick and his defence. The 66-year-old, now the oldest head coach to ever win a Super Bowl, put together a masterful game plan, shutting down LA’s triumvirate of dangerous receivers and giving Goff nothing to work with on third-and-long situations which felt like a cliche by the end of the night.
Every time the Rams looked like they might be tiptoeing towards showing signs of life – it wasn’t often – a Patriots defender would pull something spectacular out of the bag. Twice Goff took a shot at Brandin Cooks in the end zone, both times his attempts were broken up.
A stunning play from Jason McCourty, in which he appeared to come from nowhere to save a certain touchdown, was arguably the moment of the game. Stephon Gilmore, who was outstanding all night, picked Goff off in the fourth quarter to all but win it for New England, and Jonathan Jones finished the night with eight tackles and a sack.