Super Bowl LIII: Lowest-scoring SB Game Ever Gives Patriots Greatest Winning Margin in Six Attempts

Billed as a shootout between two great offenses, Super Bowl LIII turned out to be anything but. The New England Patriots' 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams was the lowest-scoring title game in NFL history and the first without a touchdown in the first three quarters

In their 10 previous Super Bowl appearances, only once had the Patriots scored less than 13 points—when they were thrashed 46-10 by the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX.

And yet, Sunday night's triumph also marked the biggest winning margin the Patriots have ever recorded and the first time in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era in which they have won the title game by a double-digit margin.

The fact it came on a night when Tom Brady wasn't at his best made the achievement even more remarkable. The Patriots' signal-caller completed 21 of his 35 attempted passes for 262 yards and one interception, with no touchdowns.

It was the first time Brady, who became the oldest starting quarterback to win the Super Bowl, has failed to throw a touchdown pass in the title game.

Up until Sunday, the Patriots' largest winning margin in the big game had come in Super Bowl LI, when they beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. Their first three titles under Belichick all came courtesy of a one-score margin.

In Super Bowl XXXVI, the Patriots clinched their first Super Bowl title with a 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams, before beating the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in 2004 and the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 a year later.

The Chargers' offense ranked second in the NFL in the regular season in terms of yards gained and points but never got going in Atlanta.

Los Angeles became only the second team in the history of the Super Bowl to be kept to three points, sharing the unwanted record with the Miami Dolphins, who lost Super Bowl VI 21-3 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Having torched defenses around the league almost at will throughout the regular season, Sean McVay's offense froze at the worst possible time and there was nothing the Rams head coach could do to get his team back into the contest.

Jared Goff completed 19 of 38 passes, for one interception and no touchdowns. The Rams quarterback was sacked four times and was repeatedly put under pressure by the Patriots defense, as New England became only the third in history to shut down their opponent in the first half of both the championship game and the Super Bowl, after the 1973 Dolphins and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

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Tom Brady, #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates teams 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
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