Super Bowl LIII was boring? Lions LB thought Patriots' win was ‘beautiful'

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Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all-time, but for fans of defensive football, the New England Patriots' 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in February was a fascinating chess match.

Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis is not among the people who would label Super Bowl LIII as boring, and he explained why during a media availablity Tuesday.

"It wasn't boring at all," Davis said, per Michael Stets of WJR Radio. "Everybody wants to see high scoring and everybody wants to see points fly up. But it's beautiful how the Patriots -- they did their thing. They went out there and they executed. They made sure they were doing exactly what they needed to do. It's one of those in-the-trenches kind of games. You can't give up too many running yards, and when they get ready to throw the ball, you have to make sure you're on point, you're in the position you're supposed to be in to stop these guys.

"And the Patriots, they did an excellent job. Just watching that game, and just knowing like, hey, we ran this defense, we ran that defense. You can see it. Watching the game it's like, if could've just executed a couple different times, this is a team we could've beat, too. You have to tip your hat off to both teams for making it that far. You tip (your hat) to the Patriots as well for going out and executing the gameplan to the highest ability."

Davis is coached by Matt Patricia, who was the Patriots' defensive coordinator from 2012 to 2017. So, it's no surprise he thought some of the Patriots' defensive schemes looked familiar. The Lions beat the Patriots in Week 3 last season but lost to the Rams in Week 13.

Super Bowl LIII should go down as one of Bill Belichick's best performances. The Patriots head coach devised a brilliant game plan to slow down the NFL's second-highest scoring offense, one led by a brilliant offensive mind in Rams head coach Sean McVay.

The Patriots held the Rams to just 260 total yards, 11 first downs and a 3-for-13 mark on third downs. New England also tallied four sacks and one interception.

It was a good reminder that even in an era where offense usually reigns supreme, defense still wins championships.

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