Tom Brady, 41, also became the first player ever to win six Super Bowls, 17 years after leading the Patriots to his first title way back in 2002.
The total of 16 points scored in the game was the lowest ever in a Super Bowl, surpassing Miami’s 14-7 win over Washington in 1973. The attritional season-finale was swiftly dubbed the “SuperBore” by critics on social media.
“We’ve been this far and lost which is really tough. We had a lot of resolve the last couple of weeks I wish we played a little better on offense but we won. Super bowl champs!” a jubilant Brady says.
Brady also re-stated his desire to play at least another season. “How could this not motivate you? It’s what it’s all about,” he said.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick meanwhile said the team had been determined to dispel suggestions they were a dynasty in decline. Brady who is already widely regarded as the greatest quarterback the National Football League has ever seen provided the decisive moment to break open the game midway through the fourth quarter at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.