ATLANTA — Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was named MVP of Super Bowl LIII.
Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards to help New England claim a second Super Bowl in three seasons. He caught one of the most memorable passes in Super Bowl history to help New England rally over the Atlanta Falcons in 2016.
Edelman, who began the season serving a four-game suspension, is the first wide receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP in 10 years. He is the seventh wide receiver in Super Bowl history to be named MVP.
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do,” Edelman said. “We knew, it’s just about taking one play at a time. It’s about being resilient.”
The high-scoring Rams were held to three points in Super Bowl LIII, prompting Edelman to say he didn’t deserve the MVP award.
“They should be the MVP — the whole D,” Edelman said.
Edelman, 32, now ranks second all-time in playoff receiving yards with 1,412. Edelman has at least five receptions in 13 consecutive postseason games, the longest streak in playoff history. His 115 career postseason receptions rank second in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice holds the record with 151 career catches in the playoffs.
“We just kept grinding it out, grinding it out,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said.
Rookie running back Sony Michel scored the only touchdown in the game.
“We’ve got a saying, ‘Do your job,'” Michel said. “That’s what we all did.”
Quarterback Tom Brady was MVP of four of the Patriots’ six Super Bowl wins. Edelman joins Brady and wide receiver Deion Branch, who was MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, as players to earn the award in Patriots’ Super Bowl wins.
Edelman also had one rushing attempt for eight yards.
Brady did not throw a touchdown pass, but Edelman had receptions on each of the Patriots’ scoring drives.
“It wasn’t pretty. I’ll take any ugly win over a pretty loss,” Edelman said.
–Field Level Media