NFL: Blunder Bowl 53 the worst Super Bowl Ever

High punts, few points, and Spongebob highlight the worst championship game ever

Kevin Korbel
Sports Editor

What should have been one of the best games of the entire NFL season, turned into one of the most tiresome games in the history of the league on Sunday.

A game that consisted of almost more punts in the game than points scored (14 total punts compared to 16 total points), the entire game was full of three & out drives, underwhelming quality of play, and lackluster performances by musical artists.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was one of the lone bright spots of a lackluster game, after being named the MVP of this year’s Super Bowl after catching 10 receptions for 141 yards, helping Tom Brady and the Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history.

To top it all off, the halftime performance turned into one of the more controversial Super Bowl performances in league history.

Maroon 5, who’ve had numerous top hits with their songs like “Girls Like You”, “One More Night”, and “Harder to Breathe”, just to name a few of their top hits, wasn’t a terrible choice to perform the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year, but his pairing with artists Travis Scott and Big Boi made it an awkward pairing for the talented group, and made people left wondering what could’ve been.

It was rumored also all week long by multiple sources that the show would feature a rendition of the song “Sweet Victory”, a song that was featured in an episode of “Spongebob Squarepants”. 

The rumor was that the song would be performed to honor the late show creator, Stephen Hillenburg, died at the age of 57 after a battle with ALS, but the rumor didn’t come reality after the famous song was not performed during the show. 

No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3 — even though these teams combined to average over 60 points a game.

The game finally got interesting when Tom Brady took the field on his first drive of the quarter, after he hit tight end Rob Gronkowski on a deep pass to the left side of the field for a 29-yard gain to get to the Rams’ two-yard line.

The very next play of the game, running back Sony Michel ran the ball in for the game’s first touchdown of the game, making it the longest time in Super Bowl history to score the first touchdown of the game. 

The following drive, Jared Goff led the Rams down the field to the New Englad 27, before throwing a whimpy interception to Patriots cornerback, Stephon Gilmore, to ice the game for the Patriots, with the team standing victorious over the Rams on Sunday night, 13-3. 

At the end of the night, the Patriots won another Super Bowl, the Halftime Show was very subpar, and the commercials reached too hard to try and make people laugh. While the NFL might not have a lot of control over what goes on the field, their choices for various performers, along with the underwhelming performances on the field, made it the worst Super Bowl in league history.

Feature photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

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