Super Bowl 53 Making History…

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Super Bowl LIII was a pretty unstimulating football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champions, the New England Patriots, and the National Football Conference (NFC) champions, the Los Angeles Rams, to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2018 season. The Patriots defeated the Rams by the score of 13–3, tying with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championship wins with six. The football game itself was pretty uneventful, and Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots came out on top once again. The game was played on February 3, 2019, at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

This game was a battle between defenses and definitely showcased each of the team’s punting abilities. The game started off slow, and by halftime, the score was only 3-0, with the New England Patriots barely on top. The slow start evolved into a slow game, and it ended up making history and claiming its spot as the lowest scoring Super Bowl game in NFL history. Even with this low score and lack of action, Tom Brady is still deemed the greatest quarterback of all time by many, and he got to continue his celebration at Disney World, a traditional trip for Super Bowl winners.

Super Bowl 53 was anticlimactic in all ways possible, and television ratings took a hit. CBS announced that the game attracted 98.2 million viewers. This slow game equated to the smallest viewership since 2008. According to The New York Times, which earlier reported on the 53rd Super Bowl’s ratings, the big game’s viewership has been slipping in recent years. The game attracted 111.3 million viewers in 2017 and 103.4 million viewers last year. After losing another five million viewers in 2019, television viewership seems to have waned. However, CBS was quick to note that digital viewership, including those who streamed the game on a computer or set-top box, reached a new record of 2.6 million people. So, while television viewership has been off, digital streaming viewership has been growing and helping to offset traditional broadcast declines.

Super Bowl 53 lacked in most areas, but a win is a win, and football will always be loved by our country. Hopefully, next year’s Super Bowl is much better and ditches the bad rap the NFL has acquired.