Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 42-yard field goal to give New England a 3-0 lead over LA with 10:29 left in the first half of the game.
The Patriots kicker missed a 46-yard attempt late in the opening quarter, but made up for it by capping New England’s seven-play, 39-yard drive with the first points of the game.
Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, who had two catches for 31 yards on the drive, passed Dallas’ Michael Irvin for the second-most receiving yards in NFL postseason history. Only Jerry Rice has more than Edelman.
Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal late in the third quarter to allow the Rams to pull even with the Patriots at 3-3.
The big play of the Rams’ scoring drive was Jared Goff’s 18-yard pass to Robert Woods on a third-and-7 play. The Rams had been stopped on their first eight third-down plays of the game.
The third quarter ended with the 3-3 tie, the first time no touchdowns had been scored through three quarters in Super Bowl history.
After Patriots QB Tom Brady connected on a deep ball to tight end Rob Gronkowski, rookie rusher Sony Michel ran in the game’s first touchdown with 7:00 minutes to go. An extra point gave the Pats a 10-3 lead.
With LA threatening late, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore intercepted a pass from Rams quarterback Jared Goff.
With the ball back, Gostkowski kicked a 41-yard field goal to seal the victory.