It will be a Super Bowl that will be remembered for the low scoring slugfest that it was. And, in the end, it was the Patriots defense that ruled the day in their sixth Super Bowl win, since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady began their run 17 years ago.
And, one of the key coaches as part of that performance is about to be in charge of the Miami Dolphins.
37 year old defensive play caller Brian Flores will take over soon as the Dolphins next head coach, but not before he and the rest of the staff and players get to enjoy the Masterpiece that they put on against a high-powered LA Rams offense.
It was a New England defense that held L.A. without a point in the first half and just two first downs. And despite Jared Goff finally putting together a couple of drives in the second half, the Rams never found the end zone on Sunday night in Atlanta.
The Patriots held coach Sean McVay’s offense to just 262 yards, only 62 rushing, and in the waning moments, came up with the key turnover with the game was on the line.
After New England had marched for their only touchdown of the night scored rookie running back Sony Michel for a 10 – 3 lead, the Rams breathed life into their offense. They actually moved into potential game time touchdown position, but that’s when the Patriots Stephon Gilmore came up this play of the night for Belichick and Flores’ unit:
— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2019
Gilmore’s leaping interception squelched the scoring chance with just over 4:00 remaining.
Then, the Pats proceeded to march over 70 yards and kill most of those four minutes of the clock and eventually, Stephen Gostkowski kicked the clinching field goal for a 13-3 lead.
While the Rams got a couple of first downs from Goff hitting receivers in the final minute, they wasted most of the remaining clock with completions in the middle of the field without any timeouts. And, when Greg Zuerlein missed his 48 yard field goal with :05 seconds left, the game was over and New England had their third Super Bowl win in five years.
Back to the situation with the Dolphins and their coaching hire. It’s expected that as soon as Monday, they will officially announce Flores (shown above Sunday), as their head coach And, they could introduce him as soon as Thursday or Friday after the Patriots latest victory parade takes place.
It will be curious to see if Flores brings a Patriot assistant or two with him. He is expected to have Packers assistant Patrick Graham come on as his defensive coordinator, and may end up using Jim Caldwell, the former Colts and Lions head coach, as his offensive coordinator.
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