Brian Hoyer says Patriots had the ‘best defensive performance I’ve ever witnessed’ in Super Bowl 53
“Once we got into Atlanta, into the preparation, it was frustrating for me,” said Hoyer, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. “They had everything covered. I was like, ‘Either these guys know what all our plays are, or they’re gonna ball out in the game.’ You could see it. They were playing so fast, they were so on top of it. And you get to the game, and they go and have the best defensive performance I’ve ever witnessed.”
The Patriots certainly put forth a defensive outing for the ages against a high-powered Rams offense, and the funny thing is that heading into the playoffs, New England’s defense was considered its primary weakness, as Bill Belichick’s club ranked just 21st in yards allowed during the regular season.
However, the Patriots defensive unit did show a penchant for stopping opponents when it counted, like the Patriots, in spite of ranking in the bottom 10 in yards, ranked seventh in points allowed, surrendering just 20.3 points per game on the year.
New England earned its sixth Super Bowl title with the win over Los Angeles.
The Patriots won 11 games on the season, capturing their 10th straight AFC East division title. They then thumped the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs and topped the Kansas City Chiefs in an overtime thriller in the AFC Championship Game before defeating the Rams in the Super Bowl.