Low-Scoring Super Bowl on Sunday Night Is Called ‘Worst’ in History
Yep, the New England Patriots earned an astonishing sixth ring — but many viewers were hoping for a much more exciting game
The New England Patriots topped the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LII by a score of 13-3. The win marks the team’s sixth Super Bowl championship — but many were not pleased with the way the game went.
It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl game in NFL history with just 16 points scored between the two teams.
The game was dominated by defense and special teams and marked the least amount of points scored and allowed by a Super Bowl winner.
In total, there were 14 punts, a further indication of how much both offenses struggled for much of the endeavor.
The reactions to the game on Twitter were not all that positive; many people literally called it the worst Super Bowl they’d ever seen.
New York Times best-selling author and football historian Jeff Pearlman tweeted, “I’m 46. This is, easily, the worst Super Bowl of my lifetime.”
I'm 46. This is, easily, the worst Super Bowl of my lifetime.
— Jeff Pearlman (@jeffpearlman) February 4, 2019
Andreas Hale, a senior editor at Sporting News, also seemed to agree with this sentiment but took things a step further.
He was not a fan of the game itself either, but also everything else the Super Bowl entailed.
He tweeted, “The Super Bowl was trash, the halftime show was trash, the commercials were trash. Worst Super Bowl ever? Yerp.”
The Super Bowl was trash, the halftime show was trash, the commercials were trash. Worst Super Bowl ever? Yerp.
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) February 4, 2019
Even a current NFL player, Chicago Bears defensive back Adrian Amos, took to social media to rip the game.
Late in the fourth quarter, the athlete declared, “If NE runs down the clock this will go down as the worst Super bowl to watch of all time.”
If NE runs down the clock this will go down as the worst Super bowl to watch of all-time.
— Adrian Amos (@SmashAmos38) February 4, 2019
When Amos tweeted about the game, the Patriots led 10-3; and while they kicked another field goal later on, he did not offer any follow-up tweets, indicating he was not impressed by the rest of the game, either.
And President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was not a fan of the commercials offered up by the Super Bowl.
He tweeted, “By far the worst Super Bowl commercials ever. #superbowl.”
By far the worst Super Bowl commercials ever. #superbowl
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 4, 2019
Even so, it was still a landmark game for the NFL.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl ring, more than any player in the history of the league; he also did so at 41 years old, which makes him the oldest starting quarterback to win it.
Rams punter Johnny Hekker also made history with his 65-yard punt in the game — the longest punt in Super Bowl history.
Even with those achievements, it appears viewers would have preferred far more action on offense — from both sides.
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Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.