New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII for 6th title
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 2/4/2019, 10:27 a.m.
By Jill Martin, CNN
(CNN) -- The dynasty lives on.
Once again, the New England Patriots are champions, grinding to win Super Bowl LIII 13-3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta -- and launching Tom Brady and Bill Belichick into a different stratosphere.
They have now won six Super Bowls together, extending their record for the most by a head coach and starting quarterback combination. With the win, the Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl titles in NFL history.
Brady now has won more Super Bowls than any other player in history, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley (five).
"It probably won't sink in for a very, very long time," Brady said. "I'm just so blessed to play with the best teammates through the years from our '01 team and all the way through now. I love all those guys. That's what makes this special, man. It's a brotherhood. All these relationships are so important in my life, and I can't cherish it enough. It's going to be a celebration tonight."
At 41 years old, Brady also is the oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, eclipsing Peyton Manning, who was 39 when he won Super Bowl 50.
Belichick is the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl at age 66, and no head coach has won more Super Bowls than him. Now, he joins George Halas and Curly Lambeau as the only NFL head coaches with six championships since the league began postseason play in 1933.
Belichick called this one "sweet."
"I'm proud of our football team, coaching staff, this entire organization," he said. "These guys worked so hard all year going all the way back to the offseason program in April and just grinding it out day after day. In the biggest moments when we had to play our best football and compete the hardest, they did it."
This was the pair's ninth Super Bowl appearance together, the most title games for any head coach and starting quarterback duo in NFL history.
Edelman named Super Bowl MVP
Brady was 21-for-35 passing for 262 yards, and most of those yards went to wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is boosting his hall-of-fame resume. Edelman -- who was named the game's MVP -- had 10 catches for 141 yards. In addition to already having the second-most receptions in postseason history, he's now second all time in postseason receiving yards. He trails just the legendary Jerry Rice in both categories.
Edelman, who in his college days was a quarterback at Kent State, was drafted by New England in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft. He is the seventh wide receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP.
"It just matters that we won, man," Edelman said. "It was a crazy year. We had a resilient bunch of guys. It was unreal, man."
After the win, among the crush of players, reporters and confetti, Brady and Edelman, who are close friends, shared a long embrace. Edelman, 32, missed all of last season with a knee injury and the first four games this season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.